The Connecticut Sun came into the WNBA in 1999 as the Orlando Miracle. The franchise called Florida home for its first four seasons, all of which produced .500 or worse records and just one postseason showing.
The club moved its operations to Connecticut and changed its name in 2003 while Mike Thibault replaced Dee Brown on the bench.
The upheaval proved fortuitous as it ushered in an era of sustained success, one that saw the Sun qualify for the playoffs six straight seasons and register WNBA Finals appearances in 2004 and 2005.
Thibault left the team in 2012 for the Washington Mystics, but he ended his Connecticut tenure with a 206-134 regular season record and a 17-16 mark in 33 playoff games. The Minnesota native also earned WNBA Coach of the Year honors in 2006 and 2008.
Shannon Johnson, Nykesha Sales, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Lindsay Whalen and Tina Charles are just a few greats to play for the Miracle/Sun franchise. Charles, drafted by the team in 2010, is, perhaps, the most notable, having earned the league MVP award in 2012 as well as multiple All-WNBA first and second team honors.