‘I’m going to lose this year, OK?’

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A lack of rebounding was the key to the Atlanta Dream’s loss on Sunday.

But what ails the WNBA’s newest expansion team goes deeper. And it’s not getting any prettier, as the 97-76 loss to the Detroit Shock on Sunday put the Dream at 0-13 and tied for the worst start in league history.

Marynell Meadors (photo), the Dream’s head coach and general manager, was blunt in her post-game assessment:

“I’m going to lose this year, OK?” the coach said. “We know the chances of us having a great year are not good.”

She offered this to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“I think they have to have that aggression within,” Meadors said. “There’s nothing I can do to teach them to be aggressive; they’re either aggressive or they’re not. Right now, we’re not. Our guards are aggressive.”

The Dream’s 13-game winless streak ties the 2002 performance of Detroit, which turned around and won the WNBA championship the next year (and again in 2006). Shock coach Bill Laimbeer offered a tip or two to the struggling franchise on turning things around after the game on Sunday.

“I went with the players that I thought were going to be long term and designed stuff around them,” Laimbeer said. “At the end of the season I moved people out of there. I think that any franchise going through that at some point has to make decision, on their existing personnel and the future.”

The Dream gets a day off today before returning to practice on Tuesday. The schedule doesn’t favor them, as they visit the league-leading Connecticut Sun on Friday and Detroit again on Sunday.

Photo: Todd R. McQueen, Atlanta Journal-Constitution


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