Law Murray Now that NBA summer league has concluded, the winter of NBA activity has arrived. Even with the regular season starting earlier than usual this fall, the opening tip isn't for another 88 days. Separate isn't always better when there are feelings involved. Fortunately, there is more than enough quality hoops action this summer to hold fans over until NBA training camps open. Check out these outlets in order to satisfy your fix: WNBA Regular season in progress; playoffs begin Sept. 6 The action in Las Vegas ended just in time for the WNBA All-Star Game to take center stage in Seattle on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). Headliners for the contest include Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (who
On a day the Liberty drew 17,443 people to Madison Square Garden — the vast majority of them kids for “Camp Day” — it was only fitting Tina Charles, who herself grew up cheering for the Liberty, would be the one to lead the way. “For sure, I remember being young and watching games and just being one of them and coming to the game to support the New York Liberty,” Charles, a Queens native, said after her 28-point and 17-rebound performance, her ninth double-double of the season. The kids were in for a treat as the Liberty avenged two losses this season and rolled over the Connecticut Sun 96-80. The Liberty (10-9) head into the All-Star break having beaten the Eastern Conference’s top-two teams — the Sun and Washington Mystics (both 12-9) in less than a week.
While coaching an AAU girls team in the summer of 1991, DoBee Plaisance knew she had something special in this awkward 13-year-old who stood 6-foot-2. That was Barbara Farris, and Plaisance was right. “I drove her hard,” Plaisance said. “She continued to develop, and I thought she could have the opportunity to play at the next level, and maybe even the level after that.” Right again. Farris went from St. Martin’s to Tulane to the WNBA to traveling the world playing professionally. And now she’s a Hall of Famer: Farris will be the third of four standout local athletes to be inducted to the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame on Aug. 5 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Including