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Mystics Fire GM Hargrove

The Mystics announced this afternoon that General Manager Linda Hargrove has been fired. Hargrove completed her fourth season as GM in 2008, having accumulated a 60-78 record during her time with the Mystics, and had one year remaining on her current contract.

In 2008, Washington wrapped up a 10-24 season with nine straight losses and demands from President and Managing Partner Sheila Johnson that the team establish a long-term plan to become a contender in the WNBA. During Hargrove's tenure the the Mystics have struggled to create an identity. They've gone through four head coaches in five years and had a winning season only once.

You can read the team's release here.

By Katie Carrera  |  September 22, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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Its about time they have turn into what the Bullets were under Wes Unseld. They compete just enough to get a bad draft pick thus never really getting a good player to help turn the franchise around, and forget about scouting for hidden talent

Posted by: bigdaddy | September 22, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

It's about friggin' time.

Posted by: Betsy | September 22, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Ironically, with two first round draft picks (#5 or lower from this terrible season and #9 from Linda's trade of DeLisha to L.A) plus the Taj trade which added a young "Big" to the Mystics roster, the NEXT Mystics GM will have real tools to work with in rebuilding the team.

Posted by: Eileen | September 22, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

The Mystics should have gotten rid of Linda A LONG time ago!! Why did the organization let her ruin any chance we had to get to playoffs this year before realizing that Linda was totally out of her league as a GM.

Posted by: JB44 | September 22, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Two words: no brainer.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

They need to go after Geno Aureimma or Van Chancellor and turn the keys over to them. But the important thing is did not wait around. Now the Nationals need to get busy and do the same thing with Jim Bowden.

Posted by: Elwood | September 22, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

This termination took to long to take place but the playoffs is the best time for it to happen. Maybe the Mystics will hire someone who knows basketball talent and stop drafting these players who are projects and have potential in the far distance future to be all stars. I may finally get season tickets.

Posted by: GoodRiddance | September 22, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

ABOUT TIME!!!! Now hopefully we can get a good GM and an even better coach! I keep going back to when we had to chance to pick up Dan Hughes and we choose Richy Adaboto I thought it was a dumb move then and I THINKS ITS EVEN DUMBER NOW HE HAS TWO PROVEN ALL STARS AND A WINNING TEAM! We could of had a poin guard in Beck Hammon and Anne Waters down low with AB!!! Thats a big three right there! We need to get Rick Mahorne I think he is ready for his own team and I think he can provide the team with some nastiness! A competitive fire that AB hasnt played with since her rookie year when she went out like she had something to prove being picked behind Diana Taurasi! I think under him she will be a consistent All-Defensive Team member and I think he will take her to MVP status! I dont believe he will let her settle for jump shots and make her drive to the hoop more!

Now Linda is gone we need a PG and a nasty post! I feel as though we can get another wing player out of the second round who can do spot duty! Trade for Sidney Spencer give them their first round choice back! Maybe trade Blue for a Harding so hat moves wiggins into the starting line up for them!

Posted by: MystixFan4ever | September 22, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is, let's hope that MystixFan4ever is not hired as the Mystics' next GM. Too many flaws in his/her proposed personnel moves and "if onlys" to address. I hope Dr. J will find someone who actually knows b-ball to make those decisions.

Posted by: Snoozin O'Malley | September 22, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

See you, Linda H. What did you do when you were here?

No chance getting Geno or Van. They actually get paid well in college ball.

Posted by: bye bye | September 22, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: unc1dmo | September 22, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

It is harsh for all of you to say this is a good move. The GM always takes the fall whether they make the decisions or not. Maybe someone should think about Sheila being less involved. If Sheila lets the basketball people do their job, the team will be alright.

Posted by: bballincollege | September 22, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

This was long overdue.

Posted by: Liz | September 22, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,Hallelujah,Halle lu jah!!

Dawn Staley Anyone as Coach & GM?

Posted by: Brian C | September 22, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

bigdaddy is right - she's the female Wes Unseld. Maybe Ted Leonsis will name .Wes Unseld Jr. as the new GM.

Posted by: nativedc | September 22, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Katie, your article in Tuesday's paper says withot any explanation that "The Mystics had released their previous starting point guard [Nikki Teasley] during the [2008]offseason," as though this were just some whim of Hargrove's. It's not fair to omit the fact that Teasley, already aging and with bad knees, coming off a not great 2007 season, WAS PREGNANT. Not only would she have to miss the 2008 season, but if the Mystics kept her, under WNBA rules her entire salary would count against the team cap.

Linda can and should be criticized for many things, but let's be fair about it.

Posted by: Original Fan | September 23, 2008 3:36 AM | Report abuse

Oh by the way.....When we have the 2ND worse record in the league how does someone figure our pick will be atleast 5 or lower? Wouldnt we have a better shot at top 3? Which would get us the player we need in the draft! I dont see atlanta going after another PG.... So Kristi Toliver should be on the market with hopefully Kia Vaughn as well!

Posted by: MystixFan4ever | September 23, 2008 6:52 AM | Report abuse

"When we have the 2ND worse record in the league how does someone figure our pick will be at least 5 or lower?" I imagine what Eileen meant was that 1-4 are lower numbers than 5 (higher pickes, but lower numbers). But I think Eileen may be wrong about LA's pick. I think that will be no. 10, not 9. (Still four places ahead of where most folks thought LA would end up this season.)

Posted by: Original Fan | September 23, 2008 7:35 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: unc1dmo | September 22, 2008 8:12 PM

unc1dmo, obviously you do, given you took the time to read the article, then comment on it.

Hopefully, this move is the first step to getting this franchise back on track. While you don't want to see anyone lose a job -- and, yes, I say that as being one of her most out-spoken critics -- it was time for a change. Now, I don't feel quite as bad for renewing.

Posted by: Mystix4evr | September 23, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Snoozin O'Malley and hope that MystixFan4ever is not the next GM. Kristi Toliver is not the answer, maybe a back up at most, but we need a veteran PG and not Harding.

Posted by: Mystics Watcher | September 23, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

There aren't that many veteran PGs out there and why would they want to come to the Mystics? The GM/coach picks have to be genius in order to attract talent. I know there are some dings on Anne Donovan, but she's a winner and would bring credibility to the team so free agents might want to come here.

Posted by: nsw43 | September 23, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I am ok with the move. The next GM must have a good draft this coming year with all the picks the Mystics have.

Posted by: Jeremy Bauserman | September 23, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

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