A few links to start your post-Independence Day morning, some directly basketball related and others less so.
- InsideNoVa.com reports that former Maryland Terrapin Lynetta Kizer is expected to sign with the Phoenix Mercury today: "The 6-4 center played in seven regular-season games for the Shock and averaged 2.1 rebounds and 2.7 points per game." The Mercury waived guard Andrea Riley earlier this week, which freed up a roster spot. Read more >>>
- Roman Augustoviz of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that guard Monica Wright was the first reserve to lead the Minnesota Lynx in scoring this season with her 18 points in a loss to the San Antonio Silver Stars. Tonight they face the Los Angeles Sparks, who Wright says aren't the same team that the Lynx faced on May 24. Read more >>>
- Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World reports that Tulsa Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg is looking forward to getting 6-foot-8 center Liz Cambage after the Olympic break, which will obviously be a huge asset for the 2-12 team. Read more >>>
- Jim Galloway of the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Political Insider blog reported that Atlanta Dream co-chairman and co-owner Kelly Loeffler was among a gathering of the city's professional sports executives advocating for a transportation sales tax, reporting that, "...a third or better of Dream fans don’t arrive until two minutes into the second quarter." According to the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter, if the referendum is passed on July 31, it would fund 157 regional projects, including $600 million to maintain the MARTA rail lines in good repair. Read more >>>
- James Oldham of the Indianapolis Star reports that there has been a reduction in local radio coverage for the Indiana Fever this season with only 17 of their 34 games being broadcast. "The Fever said the popularity of the webcasts also contributed to the reduced radio schedule." Read more >>>
- Adam Vingan of NBC Washington reports that Washington Mystics guard Natasha Lacy had a bachelorette party on Tuesday night with a few of her teammates. Read more >>>
Feel free to drop your own links and additional insights in the comments.