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WNBA: The Sparks are in good spirits at media day [Video]

May 18, 2011 |  6:33 pm

At the Sparks' media day Wednesday, the players spoke candidly about their disappointment with being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs last season.

"My expecations for this season are simple," Milton-Jones said, "do a lot better than we did last year."

That seems like a very reasonable goal.

After Candace Parker suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last June, the Sparks were left with a gaping hole down low.

She underwent surgery and a painful six-month rehabilitation process and now insists that she's finally returned to top form.

"I got healthy and was able to really concentrate and take care of my body for the first time in a while," Parker said.

Training camp opened Sunday and, at media day, the players were in good spirits, often joking around and laughing together.

Their jovial mood might have something to do with the organization adding some much-needed rebounding skill by drafting Ohio State star Jantel Lavender with the fifth overall pick. Or maybe it's because the team added good shooters and depth to its roster in one of the most active offseasons in recent years.

Or it could be because Coach Jennifer Gillom has (so far) decided against making the team do two-a-days.

Either way, the Sparks overwhelming optimism was very apparent.

"This year is about redemption," Milton-Jones said. "Righting a wrong."


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