Sue Bird and Becky Hammon top WNBA vs. USA Basketball balloting
Monday night the WNBA announced the top vote-getters for the â€œWNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sunâ€ game in early July. While seeing names such as Sue Bird and Becky Hammon at the top of the list was no surprise to fans, others like Michelle Snow and Jayne Appel garnered incredulity and outright derision from the public and media.
The Seattle Stormâ€™s Bird led all players (127,490) in final returns and San Antonio Silver Stars player Hammon (116,391) finished second.
The others in the top five are Indiana Feverâ€™s Tamika Catchings (100,248), Phoenix Mercuryâ€™s Diana Taurasi (93,649) and Birdâ€™s Seattle teammate, Swin Cash (85,236).
The remaining players on the list: Stormâ€™s Lauren Jackson (80,392), Los Angeles Sparksâ€™ Candace Parker (78,624), Silver Star teammates, Jayne Appel (69,316), Michelle Snow (67,906) and Sophia Young (65,974).
Instead of an WNBA All-Star game, this yearâ€™s mid-season festivities features the U.S. facing a team of the leagueâ€™s remaining All-Stars on July 10 at Uncasville, Connecticut.
Unlike previous years, the players selected by fans will not necessarily be starters. Any player voted in who is already in the USA National Team Pool will play on the USA Basketball team, led by head coach Geno Auriemma, while the remaining players who have been voted in by the fans will play on the WNBA team.