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Time to laugh with (but not at) Sparks coach Bryant

Updated: April 20, 2006, 11:02 AM ET
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

It's 9:30 in the morning in Japan, and Joe Bryant is laughing. He's got one of those "OK, here we go!!!" laughs that picks up speed and carries you along. It's contagious, and maybe that's part of the reason the Los Angeles Sparks players seemed to respond to him so well when he replaced Henry Bibby, who resigned last August.

(All right, no wisecracks about how the Sparks might also have rallied around a stuffed likeness of Mr. Ed, the Travelocity Roaming Gnome or an empty chair ...

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