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This was a very difficult decision, but I felt it was necessary to take the team in a different...

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This was a very difficult decision, but I felt it was necessary to take the team in a different direction at this point in the season. Joe’s familiarity with the Sparks organization puts us in the best possible position to compete going forward, and should make for a seamless transition. We respect Jennifer’s commitment to the Sparks and understand she has faced adversity with player injuries during her tenure. That being said, with a short season and playing in the competitive Western Conference, winning games early in the year is critical and the Sparks’ goal remains to contend for a WNBA Championship.

Penny Toler said in a statement on the decision to have Joe "Jellybean" Bryant replace Jennifer Gillom as head coach of the LA Sparks.