Leaving Lindsay off list 'absurd'
When this year's All-Stars light up the floor at the Mohegan Sun on Saturday, a player who has perhaps shined the brightest at the Uncasville arena the past two seasons won't be part of the festivities.
Leaving Whalen off the list is absurd. Connecticut not only is the best team in the league right now at 12-2, Whalen runs the Sun. Yes, Nykesha Sales and Taj McWilliams -- both of whom were named East reserves -- are the only tandem in the WNBA currently averaging at least 15 points per game. But Whalen should have been included too. She ignites Connecticut. She gets the ball in the right position and in the right hands game after game. And if there's one player who truly can be called the cog that makes the engine go, it's Whalen.
|The 2005 WNBA All-Star Game will be played at Mohegan Sun Arena at 4 p.m. ET (ABC) on July 9.
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This is just a bad decision. Perhaps some East coaches didn't want the Sun to have three players represented, but that's a tough case to argue considering Detroit put four players on the All-Star roster.
In the West, it was surprising to see Seattle's Betty Lennox omitted. Last year's WNBA Finals MVP is having another solid season, and should be joining Storm teammates Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson in Connecticut.Nancy Lieberman, an ESPN analyst and Hall of Famer, is a regular contributor to ESPN.com's women's basketball coverage. Contact her at www.nancylieberman.com.