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2008 Los Angeles Sparks season Head Coach Michael Cooper Arena Staples Center Attendance 9,508 per game Results Record 20–14 (.588) Place 3rd (Western) Playoff Finish Lost Western Conference Finals Los Angeles Sparks seasons < 2007 2009 > The 2008 Los Angeles Sparks season was the 12th season for the Los Angeles Sparks. The Sparks returned to the postseason for the first time since 2006. Contents 1 Offseason 1.1 WNBA Draft 1.2 Transactions 2 Preseason 3 Regular season 3.1 Candace Parker 3.2 Malice at the Palace 3.3 Season standings 3.4 Season Schedule 4 Player stats 5 Roster 6 Playoffs 7 Awards and honors 8 References // Offseason The following player was selected in the Expansion Draft: LaToya Thomas Los Angeles Sparks [1] WNBA Draft On October 23, 2007. The WNBA draft lottery was held. The Los Angeles Sparks received the first pick for the upcoming 2008 WNBA Draft. Pick Player Nationality School 1 Candace Parker  United States Tennessee 15 Shannon Bobbitt  United States Tennessee 29 Sharnee’ Zoll  United States Virginia [2] Transactions April 24, The Sparks waived DeTrina White. April 23 The Sparks waived Layla Schwarz. April 22, The Sparks traded Taj McWilliams-Franklin and a first-round pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft to the Washington Mystics for DeLisha Milton-Jones. April 21 The Sparks signed Tiina Sten to a training camp contract. April 17 The Sparks signed Vaida Sipaviciute to a training camp contract. April 15 The Sparks signed Lady Comfort to a training camp contract. April 2 The Sparks signed Olympia Scott to a training camp contract. March 6, The Sparks signed Liron Cohen and Brisa Silva to training camp contracts. February 22 The Sparks signed free agent Marie Ferdinand-Harris. February 21 The Sparks signed Jessica Moore and Raffaella Masciadri to training camp contracts. [3] Preseason Date Opponent Score Result Record May 3 @ Atlanta 86-80 Win 1-0 May 8 @ Chicago 84-68 Win 2-0 May 11 @ Minnesota 106-105 (2OT) Win 3-0 [4] Regular season Candace Parker Candace Parker scored 34 points, and set a league record for the most points in a WNBA debut. Parker added 12 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the defending champion Phoenix Mercury 99-94 on Saturday 17. Parker, narrowly missed a triple-double with 12 rebounds and eight assists. The previous high in a WNBA debut was 25 points by Cynthia Cooper in 1997.[5] On May 29 against the Indiana Fever, Parker tallied the first-ever "5x5" performance in WNBA history, posting 16 points, 16 rebounds, six blocked shots, five assists and five steals.[6] Parker had a career-best 40-point performance on July 9 against the Houston Comets. On June 22, Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks finished a breakaway late in a game against the Indiana Fever with a one handed slam. This marked just the second time that a player in the history of the WNBA had a slam dunk. Malice at the Palace Main article: Sparks-Shock brawl The Sparks-Shock brawl (also known as The Malice at the Palace II) was an altercation that occurred in a game between the Detroit Shock and Los Angeles Sparks on July 21, 2008 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. With 4.2 seconds before the game was officially over, the fighting began on the court after Plenette Pierson made a hard block out after a free throw on Candace Parker. This was the second brawl to occur at the Palace, the other being the Pacers–Pistons brawl. Season standings Western Conference W L PCT Conf. GB San Antonio Silver Stars x 24 10 .706 10–10 – Seattle Storm x 22 12 .647 13–7 2.0 Los Angeles Sparks x 20 14 .588 12–8 4.0 Sacramento Monarchs x 18 16 .529 9–11 6.0 Houston Comets o 17 17 .500 10–10 7.0 Minnesota Lynx o 16 18 .471 8–12 8.0 Phoenix Mercury o 16 18 .471 8–12 8.0 Season Schedule Date Opponent Score Result Record May 17 @ Phoenix 99-94 Win 1-0 May 25 @ Atlanta 74-56 Win 2-0 May 29 @ Indiana 78-82 (2OT) Loss 2-1 May 31 @ Washington 70-59 Win 3-1 June 3 @ Chicago 81-77 (OT) Win 4-1 June 6 vs. Phoenix 79-85 Loss 4-2 June 11 vs. Detroit 80-73 Win 5-2 June 13 vs. Connecticut 98-93 (OT) Win 6-2 June 14 @ Sacramento 74-66 Win 7-2 June 18 vs. Chicago 80-67 Win 8-2 June 20 @ San Antonio 75-77 Loss 8-3 June 22 vs. Indiana 77-63 Win 9-3 June 24 vs. Seattle 76-62 Win 10-3 June 26 vs. Washington 74-77 (OT) Loss 10-4 July 1 vs. New York 78-89 Loss 10-5 July 3 vs. Minnesota 70-88 Loss 10-6 July 6 vs. Phoenix 91-80 Win 11-6 July 9 vs. Houston 82-74(OT) Win 12-6 July 10 @ Sacramento 69-87 Loss 12-7 July 12 @ Seattle 52-70 Loss 12-8 July 14 vs. San Antonio 75-62 Win 13-8 July 17 @ Phoenix 92-99 Loss 13-9 July 19 @ Houston 72-75(OT) Loss 13-10 July 22 @ Detroit 84-81 Win 14-10 July 24 @ Connecticut 61-87 Loss 14-11 July 25 @ New York 68-69 Loss 14-12 July 27 @ Minnesota 92-84(OT) Win 15-12 August 28 vs. Sacramento 78-63 Win 16-12 August 30 vs. San Antonio 58-53 Win 17-12 September 1 vs. Minnesota 82-58 Win 18-12 September 5 @ San Antonio 58-76 Loss 18-13 September 6 @ Houston 84-66 Win 19-13 September 11 vs. Atlanta 72-83 Loss 19-14 September 14 vs. Seattle 65-48 Win 20-14 [7] Player stats Note: GP= Games played; MIN= Minutes; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average Player GP MPG RPG APG SPG BPG APG Shannon Bobbitt Lisa Leslie[8] 33 32.1 8.9 2.4 1.5 2.9 15.1 Marie Ferdinand-Harris[9] 33 20.6 2.6 1.3 0.8 0.1 8.4 DeLisha Milton-Jones 7 230 50 15 7 5 Raffaella Masciardi 5 102 11 6 1 0 Muriel Page Candace Parker[10] 33 33.6 9.5 3.4 1.3 2.3 18.5 Sidney Spencer[11] 33 13.7 1.9 0.6 0.4 0.1 5.3 [12] Roster Los Angeles Sparks roster v • d • e Players Coaches Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From 1.0 !PG 6 USA ! Bobbitt, Shannon 62 !5 ft 2 in (1.57 m) 130 lb (59 kg) Tennessee 1.0 !PG 4 USA ! Brown, Kiesha 70 !5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 134 lb (61 kg) Georgia 6.0 !C 12 POL ! Dydek, Margo 86 !7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 223 lb (101 kg) Poland 2.0 !SG 24 USA ! Ferdinand-Harris, Marie 69 !5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 153 lb (69 kg) LSU 1.0 !PG 2 USA ! Johnson, Temeka 63 !5 ft 3 in (1.6 m) 132 lb (60 kg) LSU 6.0 !C 9 USA ! Leslie, Lisa (C) 77 !6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Southern California 2.5 !G/F 33 ITA ! Masciadri, Raffaella 72 !6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 169 lb (77 kg) Italy 3.0 !SF 8 USA ! Milton-Jones, DeLisha 73 !6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Florida 4.5 !PF 31 USA ! Moore, Jessica 75 !6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Connecticut 4.5 !PF 00 USA ! Page, Murriel 74 !6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Florida 5.5 !F/C 3 USA ! Parker, Candace 76 !6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Tennessee 2.5 !G/F 1 USA ! Spencer, Sidney 75 !6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 183 lb (83 kg) Tennessee 6.0 !C 32 USA ! Thomas, Christi 75 !6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Georgia Head coach Michael Cooper (New Mexico) Assistant coach(es) Laura Beeman (California State University) Marianne Stanley (Immaculata University) Strength and conditioning coach(es) Bruce Deziel Athletic trainer(s) Rachel Schlachet (Arizona State) Legend (C) Team captain (DP) Unsigned draft pick (FA) Free agent (IN) Inactive (S) Suspended Injured Roster Last transaction: 2008-09-18 Playoffs Round Date Opponent Score Result Record Western Conference Semi September 19 vs. Seattle 77-69 Win 1-0 September 21 @ Seattle 50-64 Loss 1-1 September 23 @ Seattle 71-64 Win 2-1 Western Conference Final September 25 vs. San Antonio 85-70 Win 1-0 (3-1) September 27 @ San Antonio 66-67 Loss 1-1 (3-2) September 28 @ San Antonio 72-76 Loss 1-2 (3-3) Awards and honors Lisa Leslie, All WNBA First Team Lisa Leslie, Led WNBA, Blocks (2.9 per game) Lisa Leslie, All-WNBA Defensive First Team Candace Parker, WNBA Rookie of the Year[6] Candace Parker, WNBA MVP[13] Candace Parker, Forward, All-WNBA Rookie Team Candace Parker, Hanns-G 'Go Beyond' Rookie of the Month award in May (For the month of May, she averaged 19.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists in four games) Candace Parker, Hanns-G 'Go Beyond' Rookie of the Month award in July (In the 12 games played in July she averaged 20.8 points, 9.5 rebounds per game and collected eight double-doubles)[6] Candace Parker, Led WNBA in double-doubles (17) Candace Parker, Led WNBA Rookies, Points per game (18.5) [14] Candace Parker, Led WNBA Rookies, Blocks per game (2.3) [14] Candace Parker, Led WNBA Rookies, Minutes per game (33.6) [14] Candace Parker, Led WNBA, Rebounds per game (9.5) [14] References ^ WNBA.com: Atlanta Dream ^ WNBA.com: 2008 WNBA Draft Board ^ WNBA.com: 2008 WNBA Transactions ^ Wnba.Com: Schedules ^ ESPN - Los Angeles vs. Phoenix - Recap - May 17, 2008 ^ a b c http://www.wnba.com/news/awards08_rookie.html ^ SPARKS: Sparks Schedule 2008 ^ http://www.wnba.com/playerfile/lisa_leslie/ ^ http://www.wnba.com/playerfile/marie_ferdinand/index.html ^ http://www.wnba.com/playerfile/candace_parker/ ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/wnba/players/4258 ^ SPARKS: 2008 Sparks Regular Statistics ^ http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-sparks3-2008oct03,0,1362308.story ^ a b c d Sports Illustrated, October 6, 2008, p.80) v • d • e 2008 WNBA season by team Draft • Playoffs • Finals Eastern Atlanta Dream Chicago Sky Connecticut Sun Detroit Shock Indiana Fever New York Liberty Washington Mystics Western Houston Comets Los Angeles Sparks Minnesota Lynx Phoenix Mercury Sacramento Monarchs San Antonio Silver Stars Seattle Storm ←  2007 • WNBA season • 2009  → v • d • e Los Angeles Sparks Founded in 1997 • Based in Los Angeles, California The Franchise Franchise • Most recent season Arenas Great Western Forum • Staples Center Head Coaches Linda Sharp • Julie Rousseau • Orlando Woolridge • Karleen Thompson • Ryan Weisenberg • Henry Bibby • Joe Bryant • Michael Cooper • Jennifer Gillom Administration Owner: Jerry Buss • Carla Christofferson & Kathy Goodman Sponsor: Farmers Insurance General Manager: Rhonda Windham • Penny Toler All-Stars Tamecka Dixon • Chamique Holdsclaw • Lisa Leslie • Mwadi Mabika • Taj McWilliams-Franklin • Delisha Milton-Jones • Candace Parker • Nikki Teasley • Tina Thompson Seasons 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 Playoff Appearances 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 Conference Titles 2001 • 2002 • 2003 WNBA Titles 2001 • 2002 Rivals Detroit Shock • Houston Comets • New York Liberty • Phoenix Mercury • Sacramento Monarchs • San Antonio Silver Stars • Seattle Storm Media TV: FSN Prime Ticket, FSN West • Announcers: Larry Burnett, Lisa Leslie