Monday, October 19, 2009

Shock Moving To Tulsa

The Detroit Shock has been sold to a group of investors based in Tulsa, Okla. The team will play at the BOK Center, a brand new downtown arena that holds about 18,000.

The investors, called Tulsa Pro Hoops LLC, have already hired Nolan Richardson, former mens' collegiate head coach at Arkansas and Tulsa, to serve as the new WNBA team's head coach and general manager. The group reportedly had also been targeting the Indiana Fever and Atlanta Dream as backup plans to the Shock.

The Shock finished dead-last in the WNBA in 2002 with a record of 9-23, hiring former Pistons legend Bill Laimbeer as its new head coach midway through the season. Laimbeer's hiring proved to be a tremendous transaction as the Shock won WNBA Championships in 2003, 2006 and 2008.

Steve St-Pierre
Sports Writer
In Play! Magazine