The Chicago Sky entered the WNBA as an expansion team in the 2006 season. One of twelve teams currently playing in the league, the Sky have the distinction of being one of the few teams that are not directly affiliated with an NBA affiliate team. (Despite being located in the same city as the Chicago Bulls, the two play in separate arenas and share neither ownership nor management.)
The Sky had a disappointing debut year, posting a 5-29 record—the worst in the league. Their coach then resigned, and Bo Overton, a former basketball player with over 20 years of college coaching experience, was brought on to replace him. With an improved roster and a new coach, the team attacked the 2007 season with a vengeance, staying in contention for the Eastern Conference playoffs throughout the year and improving their record to 14-20.
The next five years were marked by another two coaching changes and many more offseason trades, but, unfortunately, the team has not yet found their winning combination. They posted a franchise-best record of 16-18 during the 2009 season but then lost a heartbreaking tiebreaker game against the Detroit Shock (now the Tulsa Shock that kept them out of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Sky are the only team in the WNBA to have never made the playoffs, and they have only finished as high as fifth in their conference.
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While the Chicago Sky are far from being the most successful team in the WNBA, it is not for lack of effort. These ladies leave it all on the court game after game, and it is a treat to watch them do what they do best. There is room to seat 17,500 fans at their home court, Allstate Arena, where you save on every ticket, every day with ScoreBig. Watch this team continue the fight for their first playoff berth.