Don't expect too much from Maya Moore
Maya Moore is a special player, probably as ready to adjust seamlessly to the professional ranks as any player since Candace Parker came into the WNBA in 2008.
But to expect that Moore would come into the WNBA against the best players in the world and dominate that's just not fair to her.
Moore made her WNBA debut for the Minnesota Lynx last week in a preseason-opening win over Indiana. She finished with four points and five rebounds in 22 minutes, her playing time limited by foul trouble.
She admitted her that pro debut was "not exactly what I wanted.
"I thought we made a little bit of progress from some of the initial jitters, working into the flow of this level, just working those things out," Moore said after the game in quotes provided by the media relations department. "I don't like to necessarily base my performance on points, because like Coach was saying, there's a lot of ways you can impact the game, so that's what I try to do. I try to get some assists, get some rebounds, force some tough shots.
"Overall I'm definitely not satisfied with where I am. I want to keep getting better and keep getting more consistent and staying out of foul trouble too."
Any doubt she can do it? None here.
SHE'S NOT COMING BACK: Even as her peer Sheryl Swoopes attempts a comeback in Tulsa, Lisa Leslie reiterated last week to USA Today that she is done playing in the WNBA. And really, that's no big surprise.
Leslie had her retirement tour, said her goodbyes, had a second baby and has a TV career. She's done.
What's the difference between the 38-year-old Leslie and the 40-year-old Swoopes, the three-time MVP who is trying to break back into the WNBA after a two-year absence?
Closure. Swoopes never got it. She was released by Seattle in 2008 while recovering from back problems. She played overseas, but was not picked up by another WNBA team.
That's no way to close a career for a player who won four titles in Houston. Swoopes is trying to write a happy ending. Leslie already has hers.
INJURED LIST: Jayne Appel was healthy and feeling good, ready for a breakout opportunity in San Antonio, but the injury bug has struck the former Stanford star again. Appel will be out three to four weeks to repair a torn meniscus in her left knee, a knee that already has had two surgeries. And when she comes back, it's catch-up time again.
Luckily, it's considered a "minor" tear. She will miss the team's two preseason games and likely the Stars' first four regular-season games.
Tina Charles missed much of the U.S. national team training camp this month, recovering from an ankle injury sustained in Europe, but she looks to be on the mend after her 10-point, 10-rebound performance for the Sun against the Chinese national team May 19.
NEW ROLE FOR SMITH: Katie Smith is back with Seattle Storm coach Brian Agler -- the two were together in Columbus in the former American Basketball League in the late 1990s, when Smith was one of the game's biggest stars. But Smith is playing the final years of her career, and it looks as if she's going to be playing them off the bench for the defending WNBA champion Storm.
Unless she can't play at all. Smith sat out last week's exhibition loss to the Los Angeles Sparks with a knee-high rehabilitation boot on her right foot. Agler said she is experiencing Achilles tendinitis.