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Disappointment meets pragmatism

Shock's uncertain future no surprise with local economy, Laimbeer's exit, owner's death

Originally Published: October 20, 2009
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

I know, I know. I'm probably supposed to be wearing black and playing a funeral dirge today, lamenting the loss of a three-time WNBA champion franchise and what that means to the league.

I'm probably supposed to fret about the future, to rail against the various forces of economics that have done in the Detroit Shock and changed them to the Tulsa Shock … or whatever the franchise will be called when it relocates to Oklahoma, as was announced Tuesday.

I'm probably ...

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