For those of you craving the taste of any tiny morsel of Lauren Jackson news, the second part of Phoenix Stan’s interview with Mercury General Manager Ann Myers Drysdale might provide something to get you through the night.
I talked to Phoenix Mercury General Manager Ann Meyers Drysdale about Jackson when we met last week and again today [May 2] at the team's open try-out session.The article goes on to describe some of the challenges the team faced last year, both the offense and defense, as well as a brief vignette from the team’s open tryouts held yesterday.
"We'd like to think that we have a great chance if Lauren comes. It puts us over the top but I've got to plan for Lauren not to be here."
Ann repeated this again today saying she talked to Lauren's agent two days ago and is working on bringing her to Phoenix but reiterated that she's not planning for Lauren to be here.
"Seattle is a team that she's familiar with. She likes Brian Adler and she and Sue Bird have been together since she's been there so it's a 50 - 50 chance. We don't know which way it's going to go but either way we've go to be prepared."
The questions that arise for me, regarding Jackson in particular:
How would she fit in their Rover defense schemes, which they had such problems executing consistently last year?
How might she and Taurasi mesh offensively?
On a side note, I’m not particularly clear on how Nicole Ohlde fits into the Mercury’s up-tempo style, but a hypothetical rotation of Jackson, Ohlde, and Tangela Smith sounds competitive to me.