It’s rare to the point of being nearly unprecedented for an incredibly successful professional sports team to change locations—but that’s exactly what happened to the WNBA’s Shock, an organization that moved from Detroit, Michigan, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2010.
After forming in 1998 as one of the league’s very first teams, the Shock had a rough start, failing to make the playoffs in four of their first five seasons. The team was close to being relocated way back then, but former Detroit Pistons big man Bill Laimbeer became the head coach and everything began to turn around.
Turning it All Around
After finishing in last place in 2002, Laimbeer came onboard and led the Shock all the way to the franchise’s first WNBA championship in 2003. It was truly a remarkable accomplishment, and the single biggest one-season turnaround in the league’s history.
From that point on, the Shock were a perennial contender, making three consecutive trips to the WNBA Finals between 2006 and 2008 and only coming up short once. They were as dominant and dynastic a franchise as any other.
But the team relocated to Tulsa in 2010, and long gone were Bill Laimbeer and every single key player who had helped the team make several straight trips to the WNBA Finals. The Shock struggled, signing players like former track star Marion Jones and MVP Sheryl Swoopes but failing to draft consistent players to replace those who had left.
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The Shock have yet to make the playoffs since moving to Tulsa, but the team is far from giving up hope. The Shock have been down before—now it’s time for them to make a second charge. Watch as they make another playoff run. Save on every ticket, every day with ScoreBig.