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'Family man' Whisenant was ready to step away

Updated: October 25, 2006, 10:43 PM ET
By Nancy Lieberman | Special to ESPN.com

Though he'll continue his role as Sacramento's general manager, the WNBA will miss John Whisenant as a head coach. He upped the stakes in this league. Not only did he make Sacramento the best team in the West, he coached with class and always handled himself well, no matter the situation. His players adore him, he is a gifted coach and Monarchs assistants Tom Abatemarco and Monique Ambers are better off having coached alongside Whisenant, if only for a few years.

Ultimately, I think ...

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