Update | 5:14 p.m. The Atlanta Dream (0-12) could make history today.
It’s just not the kind of history the fledgling franchise hoped to be toying with. With a loss today to the Detroit Shock, a team that beat the Dream on May 23, they would tie the WNBA’s record for the worst start to a season.
Who holds the record? Ironically, Detroit, now led by former NBA bad boy Bill Laimbeer (photo). They opened the 2002 season with 13 loses. On the upside, the next year they went on to win the WNBA championship.
The Dream’s first chance to stretch the winless record to new heights – and stand as the WNBA’s leader in that category – would come on Friday. That’s when they travel to Connecticut, which pummeled the Dream by 33 points in its first WNBA game.
A little perspective on the Dream’s skid:
A second home loss to Detroit (9-3) also would mean Atlanta would match the longest losing streak at any point in a season in WNBA history. Along with the Shock’s season-opening slide six years ago, Chicago lost 13 straight after winning its first game as a franchise in 2006.
On the Friday loss to Washington, the Dream’s head coach and general manager, Marynell Meadors, offered this:
“Execution level has to go to a different level. It was not there tonight. We made crucial turnovers at crucial times during the game.”
For more on the Shock-Dream matchup at 3 p.m., check out this Associated Press preview.
Update | They did it. The Dream now own at least a portion of WNBA history. With Detroit’s 97-76 win a few minutes ago, the Dream fall to 0-13 and sit with Detroit as the league’s only two teams to open a season with 13 consecutive losses. It’s looking like a long season is in the making. The Dream play the league-leading Connecticut on Friday and face Detroit again next Sunday.