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Topic - Chasity Melvin
It was all going so well for the Washington Mystics, who had done their part by beating Connecticut earlier in the afternoon. That meant New York had to win its game against Chicago to earn the final spot in the WNBA's Eastern Conference playoffs or Washington would be in.
Not a week goes by that Washington Mystics forward Tamara James doesn't write on the marker board.
Earlier this season, Washington Mystics interim coach Tree Rollins jokingly said the team planned to announce he would remain as coach during the WNBA All-Star Game festivities at Verizon Center last weekend.
Nakia Sanford hoped to become a full-time starter. But the Washington Mystics' center didn't expect, nor did she want that position at the expense of losing her close friend.
Wayne "Tree" Rollins was playing with his dog by the pool at his home in Orlando, Fla., when the phone rang in March 2006. A veteran coach and player, he wasn't even thinking about basketball.
Alana Beard and Monique Currie practiced against each other with such intensity at Duke that their coaches wondered whether the two star guards would come to blows.
The coach resigned. The starting small forward retired. The player with the biggest presence inside was traded, leaving a sizable void in the middle. And, heading into the third week of the season, they still have not won a game.
When we talk now, Nakia always says, 'Now I understand everything you were talking about in practice,' " Melvin said.
"You have to step up," Melvin told Sanford a few days after the Mystics trade. "This is your chance. You've always dreamed of this opportunity."