The Washington Mystics have fired coach and general manager Trudi Lacey, President and Managing Partner Sheila C. Johnson announced on Monday.In two seasons under Lacey's direction, the Mystics posted a combined 11-57 record, including a WNBA worst 5-29 mark in the just completed campaign. Washington ended the 2012 season Saturday with a loss at Chicago, the team's 13th consecutive defeat. In addition to establishing a franchise-worst losing streak, the Mystics had only one victory in 15 post-Olympic break games and just one win away from the Verizon Center this season."Everyone in our organization recognizes how frustrating the season has been and would like to thank our fans for their support," Johnson said. "We thank Trudi for her dedicated work and wish her well in her future endeavors. Lacey joined the Mystics initially as an assistant coach under Julie Plank in 2009 before taking over the head coaching reigns from Plank and the player personnel duties from Angela Taylor after the 2010 campaign. In two seasons with Plank on the sideline, the Mystics reached the postseason twice, including winning the Eastern Conference regular season title in 2010.After not renewing Taylor's contract, Mystics ownership attempted to have Plank take on both roles. When those talks broke down, out went Plank and in came Lacey, who previously served as the coach and general manager for the now-defunct Charlotte Sting.Washington overhauled the roster entering the 2012 season with seven newfaces joining the 11-player roster. Expect more changes during the offseason with the team needing an interior presence opposite forward and leading scorer Crystal Langhorne, a true pass-first point guard and additional perimeter shooting.The Mystics enter Wednesday's draft lottery with the best odds among the four non-playoff teams. Baylor's All-American enter Britney Griner is projected as the top overall pick in the 2013 draft.We are looking forward to a fresh start with our core returning players, a high draft pick that will yield an impact player and a new direction in basketball operations, Johnson said.In addition to Laceys departure, the Mystics also announced they would not retain the team's assistant coaches.
Sunday was just not Markieff Morris' day. He was having fits all game dealing with Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors down low against the Utah Jazz. Then he fouled out and got ejected on the same play in the fourth quarter.
Morris got his sixth foul on offense and then threw the basketball to the sideline. It was either that act or something he said that then got him a technical foul and an ejection.
Watch the whole sequence here:
John Wall is one of the best athletes at the point guard position in the NBA. You would know that by looking at his well-rounded stats over the years, or you could just watch this sequence in Sunday's game against the Utah Jazz.
Wall created two highlight reel plays on back-to-back possessions for the Wizards. First, he used a nasty crossover to get to the hoop and finish for two. Then, on a steal, he threw down an alley-oop tossed by Otto Porter.
Watch the two plays right here:
How many guys could do all of this in a span of about :30 seconds? And how many point guards? Not many.