Margo Dydek, the WNBA's all-time leader in blocked shots, died at the age of 37 in Australia, where she was coaching.
The Storm’s 12th media day had a somber undertone.
News spread regarding the death of former WNBA center Margo Dydek on Friday. She suffered a heart attack on May 19 in Brisbane, Australia, where she was beginning a coaching career. After being placed in a medically induced coma, Dydek died, at the age of 37. Dydek, a native of Poland, was carrying her third child, who also died.
She is survived by husband David and sons David (3) and Alex (7 months).
“I don’t even have words,” said Storm assistant coach Jenny Boucek, who played and coached against Dydek, the 1998 No. 1 overall draft pick. “It’s beyond sad. I’m sad for her, and I’m sad for the people that love her.”
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Storm forward Le’coe Willingham played with Dydek in Connecticut and was tearful when speaking about the 7-foot-2 player, who leads the WNBA’s all-time career blocks list (877). Dydek baby-sat Willingham’s son, who is now 10.
Dydek loved children, a big reason behind her beginning a coaching career with Northside Wizards Basketball, a developmental club. She originally relocated to Brisbane due to her husband’s career.
“She’s a person who touched people all over the world,” Storm assistant coach Nancy Darsch said.
The Storm returned to practice Friday, but newcomers Katie Smith (Achilles) and Belinda Snell (ankle) and veterans Sue Bird (back spasms) and Lauren Jackson (rest) remained limited due to injuries.
Snell suffered hers during the second half of Wednesday’s loss in Los Angeles and will be out indefinitely.
Still the Key
A source with Seattle City Council said there hasn’t been any movement on finding a new sponsor for KeyArena. The name of the Storm’s homecourt could change midseason if Seattle Center secures a new naming-rights agreement. The bank opted not to renew after 15 years.
Disregard what the roster says, Jackson says she’s 6 feet 6 and ready to claim the fact now.
The native Australian proclaimed the height multiple times on Friday, stating turning 30 has helped her become more comfortable with her actual height. She’s been listed as 6-5 since being drafted No. 1 overall by Seattle in 2001.
“My (mom) would always say to me, ‘Say 6-6,’ ” Jackson said. “I didn’t want to be 6-6. I thought I was freakishly tall enough. But I’m definitely 6-6 and have been since I was a good 17 years old.”
Stormin’ the Lake
The Storm’s annual fan fest at Green Lake will run from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Fans can meet players, and the team will unveil a refurbished outdoor court.
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