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The Seattle Storm begins the year with a WNBA preseason game against the Los Angeles Sparks today and the team is ready to rock the home court.
Storm head coach Brian Agler has brought together a balanced group of rookies and veterans, including the return of fan favorite and All-Star guard Sue Bird and the addition of All-Star forward Crystal Langhorne who Seattle received in a trade with the Washington Mystics.
The talk about trading for Langhorne was a one previously discussed between Seattle and Washington according to Agler. But it wasn't until the draft that the opportunity came about to make it happen.
"We didn't know it was going to occur until after Indiana made their selection at number five," said Agler. "So then in a matter of six minutes we went through the process of making the trade."
Langhorne's acquisition was one of the most talked about subjects during Storm media day interviews and part of that is due to her uniqueness according to Agler.
"I don't know if we've ever had a player quite like her," said Agler"...She's got versatility to her game. She does have a good face up game, she can shoot the ball in at 15 to 17 feet and I think that is something that is a little bit underrated by most people for her. She's very difficult to defend."
The excitement of Langhorne was evident as player after player talked about her abilities and looking forward to being on the court with her.
One of those was a familiar face but long missing from the Storm line-up in Bird who talked about the loss of Tina Thompson to retirement, Angel Robinson to injury and Lauren Jackson to another year out and having no proven post player as a hole Langhorne is filling.
"To get her, just the fact that she's a post player alone was huge," said Bird. "And then you add on the fact that she's extremely efficient, leads the league in field goal percentage, it's pretty much a double-double waiting to happen. We haven't really had a player like that in a long time, and a young player at that, so it’s really exciting and I'm really looking forward to playing with her...developing that chemistry and getting it going."
As for Bird herself, she's ready to get back on the court with her team and she says her body is ready too.
"It feels good. You know injuries are part of the game and unfortunately every player has to deal with them," said Bird. "And for me right now I feel the same way I did before these surgeries, I really do, if anything I feel better."
That is something not only her team but the fans will be glad to hear as they wait for the Storm to take the home court for the first time this season.
Seattle itself is just as excited to hit the court and hear the Storm crazies in 2014 with Bird counting it as the one thing she is most looking forward to.
"Just running out onto the court that first time in front of the fans," said Bird. "This is a place that I'm very comfortable in...specifically KeyArena that every time I've taken the court and I hear those fans go crazy for us it’s a special feeling and I haven't felt it in awhile. As small as that might sound it’s probably what I'm looking forward to the most."
The Storm crazies can look forward to their first time to see the team at 1pm today as Seattle takes on the Los Angeles at the KeyArena in Seattle.

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