Originally Published: Oct 21, 2009 9:3 AM CDT
Regardless of whether you think the WNBA moving a team to Tulsa will work or not, the ownership group headed by Bill Cameron and David Box have already made the one genius move they couldn't afford to mess up. Nolan Richardson as head coach and GM. Sure, you say, a logical choice. But wanting Richardson, and persuading him to take the job are two different things, and there he was, talking up ticket sales and promising his "40 Minutes of Hell Part 2" during the news conference on Tuesday.
Those who are too young or who aren't aware of Tulsa basketball history don't remember the polkadots that adorned so many of Richardson's shirts he wore on the TU sidelines in the early '80's. He told me the polkadots may be back, but they might not be back. Truth is, the dots were only like a little bit of icing on the cake. Richardson's passion and his coaching style brought the best out in players that fit his system so well while winning the NIT at Tulsa, and the NCAA title at Arkansas. He'll have veteran WNBA players this go-round, maybe some set in their ways. But if those ways include a willingness to run and shoot, then Richardson could find his way back to the winner's circle, dots or no dots.