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duke dynamite
04-10-2008, 03:06 AM
Fever, Liberty to play 1st outdoor game
By Kristen Leigh Porter (kristen.leigh.porter@indystar.com)
Posted: April 10, 2008


When Indiana Fever general manager Kelly Krauskopf attended the 2007 U.S. Open, basketball was the furthest thing from her mind. She enjoyed watching Carole King perform before the women's final between tennis heavyweights Justine Henin and Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Wednesday, it was announced that July 19, the Fever will play the New York Liberty outdoors at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the home (http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080410/SPORTS05/804100418#) of the Open, in the first non-tennis sporting event at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

"I have a real fresh, vivid view of what it's going to look like playing on a basketball court in that stadium," Krauskopf said. "To come back now and be part of a basketball game is very exciting. I just hope that there's no rain or wind."
The Liberty Outdoor Classic will be the first WNBA game played outdoors and is the first regular-season outdoor game in either NBA or WNBA history. Fever coach Lin Dunn, who spent the past four seasons as an assistant, said she is hoping King will agree to be the team's honorary coach.
"I can see what a unique opportunity this is to showcase our game," Dunn said.
The Fever also picked up a new player Wednesday, selecting 6-1 forward Khadijah Whittington from North Carolina State with the 26th overall pick in the second round of the WNBA draft.
The Fever did not have a first-round pick for the first time in their history. The pick was part of the trade that brought Katie Douglas and also included Tamika Whitmore.
Whittington, a first-team All-ACC pick and honorable mention All-American, averaged 16.8 points and 11.7 rebounds as a senior.
"I was in shock because (Fever superstar) Tamika Catchings is my favorite player ever and I was like, 'Oh my gosh,' " Whittington said via telephone shortly after the draft. "I can't wait to get there."
With Whitmore gone, the Fever were looking for a forward to provide energy and rebounding. Dunn had kept on eye on Whittington, whom she dubbed "Baby Tamika."
"I can't think of a higher compliment to pay somebody because Tamika Catchings, in the way she plays the game with her relentless pursuit of excellence and how hard she works . . . to be able to find another player like that is a huge plus for our team," Dunn said.
Although this was one of the deepest drafts in league history, Krauskopf said she thought Whittington would go higher in the second round.


http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080410/SPORTS05/804100418

Eindar
05-07-2008, 12:33 AM
I approve of the idea, but was NYC the only possible venue? Seems like if you held it somewhere in Phoenix or So Cal, you'd drastically decrease your chances of a rainout.

Hicks
06-29-2008, 11:43 AM
Be careful when you paste articles; make sure you haven't highlighted the ads as well! If you can't avoid it, paste the article into Notepad first, then copy/paste that here. That should drop the ads.

Thanks!

Shade
06-29-2008, 01:01 PM
Huh, can't believe I missed this before.

Cool idea, IMO. I'll have to be sure to catch it, assuming it's televised.

JayRedd
06-30-2008, 06:47 AM
Just heard about this.

Hmm...I think I'll try to go. How is this Tamika girl anyway?

NuffSaid
07-07-2008, 11:54 AM
Wow! That's very interesting. I'm actually surprised the WNBA selected the Fever for this historic event. They could have easily gone with more some of the more prominent teams in WNBA history, i.e., the Comets or Sparks, but I'm glad they chose our girls to help represent.

Erik
07-07-2008, 08:40 PM
The Indiana Fever are taking their game outdoors Thursday. The Fever will practice from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.at the parking lot on the northeast corner of South and Delaware Streets, one block south of Conseco Fieldhouse. It is open to the public.

The Conseco Fieldhouse baskets, floor and shot clocks will be moved to the parking lot for the practice. The Fever are preparing for the July 19 outdoor game vs. the New York Liberty at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080707/SPORTS05/80707045

Shade
07-18-2008, 01:40 PM
Just a reminder to everybody that this game is tomorrow.

Any word yet on if it will be televised?

Aw Heck
07-18-2008, 01:49 PM
Just a reminder to everybody that this game is tomorrow.

Any word yet on if it will be televised?
I think I heard that FSN will be carrying MSG network's feed of the game.

Kuq_e_Zi91
07-18-2008, 07:28 PM
It's also on NBATV

Shade
07-20-2008, 01:55 AM
I had to work and forgot to set my DVR. :mad:

But at least we kicked some New York @$$.

Ownagedood
07-21-2008, 11:02 PM
GAY.. I forgot to set my dvr too...

grace
07-22-2008, 08:25 AM
For those of you who missed it you didn't miss anything all that special (except for once the Fever won). Watching on TV you don't really realize they're playing outside.

duke dynamite
07-23-2008, 06:41 PM
For those of you who missed it you didn't miss anything all that special (except for once the Fever won). Watching on TV you don't really realize they're playing outside.
It was a nice game. You were right, it was hard to tell the difference unless they panned to the stands. They did a good job presenting the game. The Fever played hard and I WISH THAT DIRECTV DIDN'T TAKE AWAY MY NBATV!

...had to watch it online.