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#1 Vaporize

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Posted July 24, 2008 - 10:32 PM

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Shock came up with a way to distract some attention away from their skirmish earlier this week.

Nancy Lieberman had two assists and two turnovers Thursday for the Shock against the Comets.
The Shock signed 50-year-old Nancy Lieberman, a Hall of Famer and one of their former coaches, to a seven-day contract on Thursday. She played 9:14 seconds in the Shock's 79-61 loss to the Houston Comets on Thursday night. Lieberman was 0-for-1 from the floor with two assists and two turnovers.

"It's really a one-game deal," Lieberman said in a telephone interview. "My motivation stems from the fact that I love this game and I never stopped playing it whether it's a pickup game with Deion Sanders and Tony Romo at a church or at a park with my son."

She became the oldest player in WNBA history at 39 while playing for the Phoenix Mercury in 1997, the league's inaugural season.

Shock coach Bill Laimbeer says Lieberman, an ESPN analyst, was impressive during drills during last year's WNBA All-Star Game.

"This is not a gimmick," Laimbeer insisted. "I talked to her last year about this and again two weeks ago. This opportunity probably would've happened if we didn't have the incident the other night."

A spot opened up for Lieberman when standout forward Cheryl Ford suffered a season-ending knee injury Tuesday night when the Shock, assistant coach Rick Mahorn and the Los Angeles Sparks were involved in a skirmish.

Lieberman was the general manager and coach of the Shock from 1998-2000. During her professional playing career, she averaged 15.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists.

She played at Old Dominion University from 1976-80, helping the school win two national titles, and was a member of the U.S. Olympic teams in 1976 and 1980.

Lieberman was the first woman to play professionally with men as part of the USBL's Springfield Fame in 1986.

She was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame three years later.

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LOL! more WNBA news! Shock needed another player to meet the minimum 8 players. So they sign 50 year old Nancy Lieberman.

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Posted July 24, 2008 - 10:38 PM

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Oh goodness...

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Posted July 24, 2008 - 10:56 PM

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Oh goodness...

That just looks very, very wrong

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Posted July 24, 2008 - 10:57 PM

Mom?

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Posted July 25, 2008 - 05:27 AM

I bet she can beat u all in Basket ball
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Posted July 25, 2008 - 10:59 AM

good for her. :rock:

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Posted July 25, 2008 - 11:15 AM

I'm watching the game as same day delayed telecast, though they lost, but gotta admire 50 yr old in a basketball league...NBA ain't had that...but the WNBA has....good for them man!

Go Candace! :rock:




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Posted July 25, 2008 - 11:35 AM

If a fifty year old woman can still be competitive in the WNBA, that shows you one of two things:

1) She's a WNBA- playing beast

2) The League is really weak

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Posted July 25, 2008 - 02:09 PM

:) She had a nice no look pass though. I hope she just plays again

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Posted July 25, 2008 - 02:18 PM

I'm watching the game as same day delayed telecast, though they lost, but gotta admire 50 yr old in a basketball league...NBA ain't had that...but the WNBA has....good for them man!

Go Candace! :)


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Posted July 25, 2008 - 02:57 PM

wow this is so cool

50!??!?!

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Posted July 25, 2008 - 03:53 PM

She is sexi

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Posted July 25, 2008 - 05:09 PM

She is sexi


:rock: Yeeeeeah.

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Posted July 25, 2008 - 05:11 PM

Greg Oden?



hahahahaha

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Posted July 25, 2008 - 10:27 PM

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LOL.....ok, he's 60 yrs old right? :clap:




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Posted July 26, 2008 - 05:49 PM

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Posted July 27, 2008 - 03:29 PM

Its MJ's turn now. :huh:
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Posted July 28, 2008 - 10:26 AM

I would love to se MJ come back!! he will probably be better than smush.

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Posted August 15, 2008 - 06:09 PM

I didn't keep up with this...any1 know if she re-signed?

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Posted August 16, 2008 - 12:14 AM

I didn't keep up with this...any1 know if she re-signed?


Probably on halt until after the olympics....







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