Deanna Nicole Nolan ( born August 25, 1979 in Flint, Michigan, United States) is a professional basketball player. She currently plays for the Detroit Shock in the Women's National Basketball Association.
Deanna Nolan played until 2001 for the Lady Bulldogs, the women's basketball team at the University of Georgia. During her time at college she won the Lady Bulldogs 86 of 98 games.
Women's National Basketball Association
Nolan was selected by the Detroit Shock in the sixth position in the WNBA Draft 2001.
In the 2003 season they could win for the first time with the Shock a WNBA Championship. In the 2006 season she managed with the Shock once again made it into the finals, where they met with the Shock to the Sacramento Monarchs. The Shock won the finals 3-2, what they owed mainly Nolan, who had the best points average and Stealsschnitt all Shock players. Their achievements were not unrewarded, because Nolan was named Finals MVP.
Nolan was not called despite their strong performances in the 2008 basketball team of the United States. Since she is also in possession of a Russian citizenship since 2007, yet there was the possibility for the Russian national basketball team at the 2008 Olympic Games to compete in Beijing. In addition to Nolan and Becky Hammon tried to compete for Russia for the same reasons. The Russian national basketball team, the only one of the two was called up for the Olympics, decided at the end of Hammon.
"They (Russian Officials ) Said if I do not go, it will not jeopardize me losing my (Russian) passport. I'm an alternate. Only one foreign player with a passport can play ( per team in Olympics), and theywant Becky Hammon, a point guard. I'd only play if she got hurt. "
"They ( Russian officials ) told me if I did not antrete ( at the Olympics ), that will not jeopardize my Russian citizenship. I am an alternative. Only one foreign player with a different nationality can play (per nation at the Olympic Games ) and they decided to Becky Hammon, a point guard. I'll only play if she retires due to injury. "