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Catchings to Earn First of Many Hall of Fame Citations

I have known for a long time that I would write this blog. The problem has not been knowing what to write - but how and where do I draw the line? You see, the topic is so voluminous, that I can't write EVERYTHING that comes to mind. But with that word - EVERYTHING - I'll start there. This blog is about Tamika Catchings, the Fever's ALL-EVERYTHING superstar forward. Friday, she will be inducted in to the Lad ...

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Spanning The Globe

It is that time of year when Fever players have begun traveling overseas with winter seasons on the horizon. This year, five Fever stars actually will not venture overseas - at least to begin the year. That is the highest count in recent memory, due to many players still rehabbing injuries or just getting back to proper health. Tamika Catchings, Jessica Davenport, Katie Douglas, Briann January and Jeanette ...

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Not Enough Bullets

The 2013 season has passed and the Minnesota Lynx have re-earned the WNBA title. No longer is Indiana the defending champion. What the Indiana Fever DID do in 2013, though, was to display once again that it is certainly one of the WNBA's most talented, versatile, flexible and resilient teams, with as much courage and character as any fan base can ask from a professional sports team. Despite a line of season ...

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Guessing Game Begins

Who will the Fever take in Monday's WNBA Draft? That is the biggest question in Fever-land as the league's 17th annual draft approaches. For Indiana, preparing for its 14th draft and its 14th season, it has the unique position of drafting this year just six months after winning the league title and with virtually its entire roster intact from its championship. So, the question remains, where to improve? Wha ...

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5 Years Later: The Value of Douglas

For years and years, Fever executive Kelly Krauskopf heard from area fans, "trade for Katie Douglas!" Not only did she continue hearing it. She acted upon it. Inquiries were made with Douglas' former employer, the Connecticut Sun, and it was obvious that any acquisition was going to require leaping through some major hurdles. Then, in 2008 -- five years ago last week, in fact -- the trade happened. The All- ...

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Harper, Douglas, Catchings

As the Fever's 2013 roster has become more firm in the past week, we had a flurry of activity late Wednesday leading into a weekend which features Tamika Catchings' involvement in the NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston. With regard to the roster, following last week's free agency announcement, I have received questions about Katie Douglas, Erlana Larkins and Erin Phillips ... "will they be back?" The answer, o ...

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Kids, Hoops and Infectious Fever

My past year has been a whirlwind of sorts. And all for the good. I got married last April and live with my wonderful wife Melissa and 11-year old stepdaughter Madison (Maddie). In October, the Fever won the WNBA championship and nearly as important, I also won my fantasy baseball championship for the first time in five seasons. I know that's what Fever fans want to hear about ... the PR guy's fantasy baseb ...

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Helping Americans Understand Overseas Leagues

Whenever I speak of our Indiana Fever players playing overseas -- whether in China, Australia, Israel, Turkey, Russia or elsewhere in Europe -- I frequently sense that the conversations lead to more questions than actual answers. Certainly the cultures and languages are often different; and certainly there are rules that are different and in many leagues, there are limitations on the number of foreigners or ...

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What Does the Fever Need and How Does Indiana Improve?

It is time for the free agency season to begin in the WNBA and as the calendar moves to February, I'm thankful. In light of the Indiana Pacers' 12th straight home win, staring into the visiting blue jerseys of the Detroit Pistons, I debated if I was more thankful for PS&E or the Tulsa Shock. Huh? First, I'm always thankful for Pacers Sports & Entertainment, which signs my paycheck. But my debate is ...

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Who Are The Prospects?

We still have one-fourth of the calendar year before the 2013 WNBA Draft takes place on April 15 (televised on ESPN2 during prime time, 8pm ET). But as the college season is winding through conference schedules and teams are positioning for NCAA Tournament consideration, yes, it is time to begin examining who might be the top prospects for the upcoming draft. There is a consensus that the top three picks sh ...

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