Shocking Good Time in Tulsa
The Tulsa Shock has a steady hold on last place in the Western Conference with the fewest wins in the entire league. Even with that being said, the rookie outfit has made great strides and the future looks bright.
One year ago, a few area business people were ramping up a campaign to put a team in Tulsa. Some liked the idea and some scoffed at the possibility. The rest is history.
Under the leadership of Nolan Richardson, the Shock began practice a few weeks before the season opened and when they hit the court opening night, they had only one scrimmage as a team, with some players arriving to town just days before the game.
Coach Richardson has implemented one of the most fast-paced styles of basketball anywhere, men’s or women’s, creating a big challenge for the Shock. Ego clashes and skills incompatibilities incited roster changes.
Fatigue from the fast-paced style of play became an apparent problem for the team. To remedy it, the coaching staff tried different types of substitution methods; platoon, small groups and others.
When it works on the court, it is awesome and energizing to watch. When it does not work, not so much. However, one thing that is blatantly apparent is how hard the players try.
“The record does not represent how hard the girls have worked or even how close the games have been,” reflects Richardson.
The games are fun to watch and the atmosphere in the Center is fantastic. Even after several losses in a row, the crowd continues to give the team ovations.
The Shock is fifth in the league in scoring with Sholanda Robinson leading the team, averaging about 12 points per game.
With the team not faring so well in the win column, the chances for better draft picks goes up. With time, the Tulsa Shock is bound to be great, challenging defenses with its speed and even perhaps changing the nature of women’s basketball altogether.