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A highlight from Courtside 109: THE WNBA IS BACK!
"To another edition of Courtside with Christy and Gabe right here on the Her Who Sets podcast network. I am Christy Winter Scott joined as always by Gabe, guy. Ibrahim, Gabe. There have been so many tweets about the WNBA season starting this past weekend. So many Instagrams and all of that but listen there were so many eyeballs on the WNBA this past weekend opening weekend for the league saw monstrous numbers as it should have because there were some amazing games, some amazing moments as well. I'm gonna tap into all of it and I could tell we're really excited because we started this podcast already and both we've started this podcast twice. Christy has not done our countdown either time she just goes right into it. Just jump in. We're not doing a countdown the first time she was so excited she slapped the phone that she's using to record. Yeah. It was a great blooper maybe we'll throw it in at the end of this podcast. Yeah. Stick around if you want to see it upload. Yeah we'll send it to Justin or something. We're just so excited. We're so excited for the start of the WNBA season. I mean like you know obviously we went to the Mystics games. Well you went to both Mystics games this weekend. I went to the first Mystics game to open the season which was incredible and shocking and just an awesome thing that we definitely have to talk about. Then throughout the weekend we just had some amazing moments from you know everyone. Rike had a big game. Obviously BG coming back was the big story. Stewie had a record in her second game with the franchise which seems very on brand for her. So it's just like so much stuff was happening this weekend and just like beautiful opening to the WNBA season and we do want to say I want to say before we get into all of this because we're going to get we're going to overreact obviously. Okay good. In the WNBA specifically and in every league generally the start of the season doesn't super matter especially in the WNBA where we're getting players back and people are starting to get into shape still. Like 40 games. It's 40 games. So it's not now is not the end all be all of the season if you had some bad losses. Excuse me on the Minnesota links. If you had some bad losses now's not the time to freak out. Right. If you had some great wins now's not the time to think that you are world beaters either. So just want to get that out of the way before we get into all of the story. You have to put the disclaimer out there but no hey I think we have to start with BG right. I mean everyone was out to LA to watch her season opener and then the home opener where she was just phenomenal right. I think with I think it was over what 300 days. Yes. Without somebody playing basketball and I don't know it's just unfathomable that she's even doing as well as she's doing and it's not just her shot rhythm that I'm talking about. I'm talking about mentally getting back on the court with her team in front of a sold out crowd everywhere she goes and then to have Billie Jean King, Magic Johnson and Lisa Leslie all the people in the building you know standing and cheering her on as her name was announced. I mean I still get the little chills down my arms for that because moment we just didn't know that she would ever play ever again. So to see her back on the floor and everyone with the welcome back BG comments that they had across the league, all the players. I mean it was so much bigger than basketball. You could see all the hugs and you know it was just really fun to see that dynamic of the game. Obviously the game and we love the game but that dynamic, the sisterhood, the camaraderie, the brotherhood, sisterhood with Magic Johnson there going to locker rooms with Vice President Kamala Harris going into the locker room and speaking with both teams it's just the respect. I think it just washed over me that wow it's you know they care about you as a person Brittany Greiner and everyone else knows that the league cares that much about them as well and seeing all the love and concern and respect sent BG's way they know they're in an all -inclusive all you know when you go to an all -inclusive resort you know how freeing that is only did it once but it was great you know but when you have that it's when you have that confidence and knowing that a whole league and a whole sports community has your back I mean that's that's pretty amazing yeah and I think you know a shout out to the X Factor first off the field fans I thought they really showed out for that moment and you know in LA they did too where her first game was and Don Staley was there and that was really cool but the moment where she came home and you know they're doing the the team introductions and it's you know Sophie Cunningham it's Diana Taurasi and Diana Taurasi gets a huge ovation they're playing their their regular music to come in right and then like you know you know BG's coming up last yeah and so they she kind of starts stepping out and then the music drops and they start playing coming home you know that's it's a song that comes up a lot now in these situations she's coming home and you can see Brittany like Brittany's face and I love that you know obviously cutting her hair was a necessity for her but I love that she you can see her face more now and like she has such an expressive like infectious almost with her with her emotions and so you could see her like kind of like drop a little bit when the music stopped and like it got really like it felt like the moment was there and you could see her saying like I cannot cry right now I have to keep it together just to walk out because it's supposed to be happy and she she's smart and in an interview with uh and with um oh uh and with the SPN she was like I was trying to hold back the tears you could see it on her face when it happened I just thought that was such a beautiful moment the extractor going crazy I thought the team did a great job with it I thought BG handled it amazing yes that moment submit was great and perfect and beautiful and then as you mentioned she's playing like this yeah she's not right it's not Brittany Greiner's not just back like Brittany Greiner is back she had 27 points in in the home opener 18 points in um the first game in I mean I'm sorry 18 points in the first game against Los Angeles 27 points against Chicago in the home opener getting to the line doing a little bit in the post doing she hit a three I know it's just like I'm so happy that not she it just feels like right back into it like there's not you know we're not dancing around anything we're not saying oh she's back and she's not no no BG's fully back mentally physically and with her game I just think it's it's an amazing thing yeah no it was it was beautiful you know to see her knock in that three and I think uh her percentage wasn't that bad if I recall um I think Rebecca Lobo said um she had taken nine or something like that or four for nine or something so I mean that wasn't bad you know to knock it in it wasn't like it was outside of her skill set just something that she doesn't do on a common occasion but for her to knock that down it was just kind of so theatrical to the moment that was already theatrical so it was really fun to see the smiles on the faces of all the fans and you know all the t -shirts they had the fat heads and and all of that just the spirit of the moment was really beautiful to watch but I think that's that's what it's all about that's what the WNBA represents right um they represent holding you up when you're down and and when you're you know on the top or trying to get back there's that encouragement and that flow of energy that's so positive and it just I don't know it just kind of flowed through the entire arena um and everyone who was watching uh caught a piece of it too so I mean that's what it's all about and it's a life lesson that's what it teaches you so it was really fun to to watch that in real time and not just as a highlight but to see it real time was was very moving for sure so you uh the the shooting numbers are actually interesting now that I'm looking at them from three in her WNBA career is seven of 18 so obviously not a ton right that's 38 percent however nine of those attempts came in 2021 there you go so over half of them came in her last year and then the last year she played something she's been working on she said that in the post game yeah um and and I don't know maybe she adds it to her game which is I hope so
A highlight from Winsidr Show - Opening Weekend Reactions
"Our WNBA watch parties use the link playback TV. And hey, you never know when we're going to do a WNBA or wind side or a merch giveaway. We're doing tons of these this season. So I hope you can join the fun. All right, Rachel. Let's dive right in. The pre season's done, opening weekend was here. It's gone. I'm sitting pretty good. I texted you this morning. I'm feeling really good about where I kind of placed every team this season. If there's one team that I maybe you could throw some shade at me, say I was wrong, that was a little bit high on them. I think the answer would be the Phoenix mercury. Haven't found that gel yet, which I think is a little bit fair, given their best players coming back. Off of a horrible situation where they're detained for a year. And then you have Skylar digging Smith missing out and she was the key player on the growth in the skill level of that team. But I guess what's kind of, how are you feeling in reaction? Any surprises from opening weekend? I don't know that I have any surprises. I think this is going to sound really harsh. There were some moments man watching some of these games where I thought, man, there is a vastly major discrepancy up in the bottom of this league. I mean, and that's not really anything against kind of what we thought. It was just another thing to actually experience it and watch it. I mean, there were some games where I was like, man, it is very clear that the talent that this team has. Las Vegas looked great. They did exactly what I thought they were going to do. I think I was really impressed with Washington overall. I mean, game one, they looked great. They shot extremely well. Elena delle donne looks phenomenal. We know so much of their success lies on really how does she look. So I thought Washington in their first matchup was really, really good. The second one, and I've started to have some question marks and their perimeter shooting. I think that that ultimately is what shot him in the foot on Sunday. I mean, shooting like 15% from the three point line, I believe, I don't know what they ended up the final was, but yeah, really, really concerned with that. Like if this team is not knocking down perimeter shots, you know, in your relying on Della Don and Austin to kind of do that work. I think they're backcourt has got to be much better than what they were on Sunday. But I mean, I was impressed with Connecticut. I think we saw some growing pains early on with every team, and I think we saw it with Connecticut as well, but I think what you saw shine through in the second half of those games was just that toughness that that team has built up over a few years now. I mean, that toughness that camaraderie that consistency playing together, but then also so many teams, you know, haven't played together. And I think that was a pair as well. So I don't know that I have any surprises. I think I agree with you on Phoenix, but we also thought that's a team that could take some time to kind of get going and find their footing really impressed with griner. I was looking at the numbers yesterday to average 22 and a half and 8 and shoot like 73% from the field and two games is so impressive for somebody who, you know, is just now getting back into the league and finding her footing. I think that that is awesome to see. That was probably the highlight of the weekend for me personally. Oh, 100%. I think, you know, there's kind of two camps of teams in the league currently. The teams that have continuity and then the teams that were just completely remade. And you kind of have to judge them in different ways, like the storm. Okay, this is a completely new team. A team that decided to take a avenue of having a large swath of rookies come out. Of young players come on. And it showed at times. I mean, losing 64 one O 5. We all knew they were going to lose that game, right? But to see them lose that handedly, that's scary. That's worrisome for them. And I think it gives them justification. Look, I was on the episode before the season started saying, I disagree with some of the power rankings on one side or I don't think Seattle is last place yet. But then these games happen in account of proves that it's right. The team, a team that impressed me, honestly, or two teams that impressed me. LA sparks, Kurt Miller has done a great job of putting a brand new system of players together, finding camaraderie, finding a way to forge forward in a positive way. And to quote the graphic God, Kurt Miller elite floor raiser. He takes a team and he raises their low just so much and I don't know many other coaches who do that and that's why he's the perfect fit there and then James Wayne Chicago, where I'm looking at Minnesota, like the teams that we all expect to struggle and not necessarily make strides forward this year our Seattle Minnesota Chicago and LA, right? But LA is saying, no, no, no. Hold your horse RA. Kurt Miller is going to raise this team up. We're going to be better than a roster says. And I think Chicago is saying that too. Look, to start off to an O, granted, it's against Minnesota, and the mercury, but start off to an O, maybe only plays one game. And to have them moving the bowl so fluidly. Like they look and we are texting throughout these games, Rachel. Some teams look like 5 players just got picked up in a pickup game. And some teams look like, hey, whatever they were doing in camp, clearly resonated, and they look like a cohesive unit. Whether or not they're going to be champions or whatever, but at least they're over that initial hump of, hey, we need to learn how to complete simple entry passes. Well, and just an ability to kind of be in games. I mean, I'm still kind of in that, you know, I take this every year. Like the first week or a week and a half, first couple weeks, I'm kind of taking things with a grain of salt. I mean, we saw two vastly different teams, even in the liberty. Over the weekend. And I mean, I was impressed with LA showing. I think that you just have a system. You have a consistency. You have a coach who's experienced and knows what it takes to win in this league. You have pieces that mesh well together. I mean, by nature, that's going to look better. The product, just going to look better. Now it's going to come in. And it's the same thing with Chicago. I mean, vastly different players, all new, but those two coaches know how to win in this league. And so it's kind of going to be one of those things where all right, that tier of teams, the chicagos, the. Dallas, the LAs, it's going to be scratching and clawing night in and night out to win games and be in games. You know, and really those games are going to be a bit of a coin flip where you get the sense that it might be a bit of a coin flip in who's going to come out on top and some of those games. But the bottom of the league, I think we had it in like, what, four tiers before the season, it was like work and at Las Vegas. And then it was like Washington and Connecticut. And then it was like the Dallas, the atlantas, maybe LA, if you want to throw them in there, maybe Chicago, and then the very, very bottom. Which for me, right now, I kind of have a question mark with Phoenix because it's just, I don't know what's going to happen with them. I don't trust coaching there. The problem, there's you have yeah, I mean, LA, Minnesota, Chicago, Seattle, and Phoenix all have one or more according to your perspective. Superstar players, right? And it's kind of like what positive twist is the coach. What is the coach doing? Kurt Miller for lack of a better term to raise your floor. Yeah. I mean, it really sucks with Phoenix. I mean, that's a completely different team.
A highlight from 5/20/23 - 2023 Preseason Picks
"This time, we truly freaking mean it because we have a season two, kick-off, I'm Steve Schwartzman. I am currently flanked by Logan Jones and Jason snow, Logan, Jason, helby. Yay. It's that time. Doing good. And we don't know yet this feels like a Goldberg is on his way to WCW nitro. Is he going to be here? Is he not? But we do have the potential of an appearance by one pale Hayward. We don't know yet. He's potentially en route to his studio. He's availability has changed my sources are telling me that that's 50 50 game time chance that he may arrive before the end of tonight's recording, but there is a chance that he will be out for the duration. And we'll have more information on you. We'll go to Hollywood on the sideline with more information as we get it. That makes it sound like Kyle is in peril. He's fine. He's coming back from his life. He's safe. Everyone's safe. We're fine. We hope you guys are doing well. Friends. The 2023 season is upon us. For listeners, if you are listening depending on when you wear this weekend, the season's already started for you, but we are, as we record this at the eve of the WNBA season, how are we feeling? It's crazy that it's here already. And at the same time, I think it just the off season seems to go a lot faster when you really soak yourself into the college game. I think we did a better job of this past year. So I know I paid a lot more attention to the beginning of the college season in the fall, enjoyed myself a lot. This march Matt is knowing a lot more about what teams were part of it. And then as we always do, suddenly we were like, oh wait, a week from the end of the tournament is the draft and a week after that is like training camp and now here we are. So again, this is like your first time listening to the show or this is your first season with us. You've been listening for a couple of weeks or something like that. This is it. This is what it sounds like. Absolutely. No, it's interesting. The window is so quick. I always think back to that 2008 season, we've done a history on where Candace Parker won a national title gun on a plane in the next day was drafted to the sparks. That timing was nuts. But this isn't much different, but Jason, we are on the eve of the 2023 season, how are we feeling? I'm excited. There's a long build up to this. You guys are just talking through it, but really starting in kind of January, February as we start approaching conference tournaments and stuff like that. There's this eye that we have on like, this is where it gets started. And one of the big landmarks of that is kind of the start of the WNBC. And so, you know, it's right up there with Christmas and Hanukkah and all the other great holidays of the year. This is a beginning of the WNBA season it's a lot of fun. And it marks a fun time for us because I'm going to talk to you guys like twice a week for the next like three months. It'll be a lot of fun. So I'm excited to get started. That's great all these. I love it. Yeah, this is definitely a stuck time, which is interesting because I think if you listen to the last episode of myself and Logan, you'd think we weren't looking forward to the season in a weird way, but just a lot's happened. There's a lot to detox, but at the end of the day, we're here to talk about basketball, and we finally have basketball to talk about. I don't guys, I don't know if you guys know this, but for the first time this year, we have professional basketball, taking place. It's happening. It's time. To make that happen. We're not really going to dive into much anything else. This is our prediction time. I will say really quick. I'll just go down a couple pieces of gauntlet things so that it's out of the way. I don't even know that we're going to discuss it. The WNBA is still and will continue to be in heavy need of expansion until it happens. The level of quality rookies and young players that have been waived is absolutely ludicrous. We need a team in Canada as soon as possible because they had possibly one of the most successful showcases the league has ever needed, which was fantastic. Becky Hammond is going to be out for the first two games of the season and the ASUS probably deserve it and potentially might deserve more. We'll see how that continues to play out. We hope all the best for dear camby as she continues things with the new team. Lots of new faces in the league and transactions continuing to happen. So the roster structure is going to be especially interesting for teams are going to be entering with New Jersey's three of them are bad. Did I miss anything in that roundup? I think you nailed it. That was actually super impressive. That's amazing. And I put that on TikTok as a league in a minute type of thing. If you're hoping for more details about specific teams, today's episode is predictions based and we're all going to talk about I know at least two of us have our one through 12 written down. So we're going to talk about every team anyway. So don't worry, we'll get around to it. Absolutely. So this is our predictions episode run at dive into some individual words. We're going to talk about how our seatings are going to play out. And then we're going to close things out by predicting your 2023 commissioners cup winner as well as your WNBA champion. As you know, we take these predictions very seriously. We expect you to scrutinize them as heavily as possible because we believe that they are gospel and will happen exactly as we predict them. We have full confidence in them and would stake our claim and our finances and these predictions. Can we get the Mona Lisa drop the, I have never done anything wrong in my life. That's how I feel about our predictions. I have done nothing wrong ever in my life. I know this. And I love you. I love you too, daddy. My name, please. My money. I thought your Mona Lisa drop was just how everyone's online recently has been suddenly coming out about how the actual Mona Lisa painting is overrated, apparently it's just not worth the crowd at the Louvre. The look at, and I'm just like, what a weird flexible. I don't hang out on those uncultured corners of Twitter. So I didn't know that was going on. But I'm just I'm into the spot of, I pretty much right now strictly in between like Ted Lasso and Succession clips. That's where and I don't even watch Succession. What seems to come up? Logan, I'll pick on you this before we hit predictions. Do you want to give our listeners a quick roundup of where they can find us and stay connected with the program? Sure, I do. You already found the podcast. So congratulations on that. If you haven't yet left to 5 star review, please do so.
A highlight from Winsidr Show - Season Opener!
"Make sure you do it because we have a lot of really cool content there. A lot of exclusive content for now. We give betting information betting tips that's not behind the paywall. That's free for everyone at all star. It will be going behind the paywall. So cash in on free money now. But yeah, it's great content and definitely worth the subscription. We're going to go through the power ranking in a moment and I'm going to end my rant with one more rant and then I'll let Rachel start talking. I want to remind the people that wind insider is an outlet. The goal of creating one cider was to put together a team of people dedicated and passionate about the W does the whole team agree on every take that we have as individuals. No, that's not the point. The point is to grow the game there should be disagreements debates and arguments in a respectful way. And our job is to grow the league by giving a platform for these hardworking individuals to not only get eyes on them and hopefully move on to bigger and better roles, but also to show the variety of pinions. In covering the W and obviously, like I said, in a respectful way and in the context of the women's basketball world. So let's go down this WNBA power ranking according to the insider staff. It's been pretty fun to do these things throughout the years because I think often power rankings can be kind of skewed by well national media. But let's dive in, Rachel. I'm going to run down the list. I'm going to throw the list in your face so that you can see it. It's in the chat. Oh, she's got it. Okay, never mind. Got it. And then let's see if we agree. There's some things I agree with some things I don't agree with. Well, and just so people know, this is actually a fun exercise. I know you asked me if I wanted to do this and then it just didn't happen. So I'm actually not a part of these power rankings. At least this one. So this is kind of the first time I've had a fresh set of eyes on it. So I am glad to give you my opinion. Rachel, giving the biggest cop out before no. So let's start with the obvious ones, right? Number one, number two. Las Vegas aces. We've talked about this until the season begins until someone dethrones the best. I don't see how, unless there's a huge roster movement. I don't see how you can remove them from being number one. They just won the championship. They added Candice Parker and Alicia Clark. And Caleb George. And removed some players who weren't providing the most in minutes or stats. So obviously Vegas, then New York, the other super team that was formed this off season arguably was completely formed this off season. Then we moved down. And I'm just, you know what? I'm just going to run down the whole list and then we can kind of just discuss where what we disagree with and so on. Washington, Connecticut, Phoenix, Atlanta, LA, Dallas, Minnesota, Chicago, Indiana, and Seattle. If there is one team, Rachel, that you think is in the right spot, either too high or too low, which do you think it is? Is the question that I think how can they be in the right spot if I think they're too high sorry, sorry, wrong spot, wrong spot. Just initial reactions, I think Minnesota is a little high. A little high, having them at 9, I think, is really generous right now. I think Dallas at 8 seems a little bit low, but I do think the news with diamond missing, you know, majority of the season that we kind of heard about yesterday. I guess makes me not as not hated as much. I think let's see. I think Indiana at 11 is solid. I mean, I think you could argue from a respect standpoint and a tradition standpoint in the last few years. Seattle should go above them. I think that's pretty harsh. Heaven Seattle at 12. Very much agree. No, but Rachel, Juul Lloyd, as the young up and comer. Like, here's my thing. I'm gonna get some flatter for this. I got some, I'm gonna get some flack for this, Rachel, answer me this, is there a single player on Indiana? All right, I'll put it this way. If you could draft from the Seattle or the Indiana roster, who's the first player you're picking? I don't know, it's hard for me not to not to really consider a list of Smith. Fair, but I feel like jewel Lloyd is the obvious choice as of now. All star established veteran mamba mentality, I agree. I mean, you look at dual Lloyd and yes, it's hard for me to put an Alyssa. Smith above her. That's for sure. I agree. And that's just why, in my opinion, if I think there's seeing Seattle at 12th, just rubs me the wrong way. I agree with Dallas being below below LA, honestly. Sorry, I agree with you on those two should flip. Because here's my thing. Call me crazy. I feel like there's the timing also matters, right? Because Rachel, I know we agreed, when diamond shields got traded to Dallas, we both had many questions of how is that going to work? So for me, seeing diamond out while I agree she's a good player, I still have questions of the fit. So it's not like this huge you're losing in all star WNBA champion. This is going to destroy the team. It's not like a huge knock in my mind. That would move them a place or two. That's just my opinion. Yeah, and I love what LA's doing. I think they had a good off season. I think, you know, the new regime there, Kurt Miller, like it's going to get better. I mean, good lord, it can't possibly get any worse. But, you know, to have him at 7, I would flip flop Dallas. I'd put Dallas in that 6, 7 category, debatable with Atlanta. I mean, still a lot to be seen from Atlanta. You know, it's promising. It looks really good, but I kind of put Atlanta in Dallas in that same spot because of different circumstances like right in the middle of the pack. I think LA should drop below Dallas at this point. What do you think about Minnesota and Chicago, especially considering now granted, I will say this, the numbers were tabulated well before I shouldn't say well before. Soon before the preseason game and I know it's a preseason game is only so much and also this was based on before some of these cuts happen, granted, I don't think any of the cuts, you know, move anybody on, you know what I mean? Like, I don't think who was it? Alexis Morris being cut by Connecticut, dropped them from three to fourth or and I'm just using her as an example. Or as we've seen the last few days, I will say, I mean, just to put it out there, I'm very surprised Chicago's final roster and the cutting of piano trailer. I mean, again, if we're just looking at pure rookies, that one was very surprising to me. There's a lot of question marks with Chicago just with it being such a brand new team. Sorry to cut you off. No, you're good. I don't know, yeah, I mean, I don't know. I guess I can see the logic of Minnesota kind of keeping a core together, being more consistent than a Chicago. I just think Chicago has more talent. So I would flip flop Minnesota and Chicago. But back to your point, no, I don't see any cut that's like complete game changer. The biggest news in my opinion is diamond missing time with Dallas. That's been the biggest blow that affects a team early on that we've seen. Fair, I would say the Isabel Harrison injury definitely impacts Chicago luckily happily. This has not been an off season of injury, right? We've had that historically. There's almost always, maybe I shouldn't have said that. I just feel like historically, at least over the last like 5 or so years. It's not just stewie. It's not just Alyssa Thomas. There's other people also that just like during the off season have gotten overseas injuries that have impacted whatever of the W the opening weekend, all of that. I think in general, the really interesting thing for me is kind of talking to different people in the W space, whether it's media, whether it's players, coaches, people in the know my dear friend, Rachel Gallagher. I think the interesting aspect for one of the interesting aspects is when you look at
A highlight from Dice it Up 29 | Cindy Brunson
"Thanks for having me. So cool to be a part of your awesome show. Oh, you know, we have some fun. And I think we have some, it's great when we have two people who call games or do color and I'm just amazed by the similarities in your experiences and like you talking before the show about getting reps. It's like, I've heard I used to talk about that all the time. Yeah. It matters. For me, every rep is a step. So every time I get an opportunity to call a game, I know I'm getting better. And I can tell you going into this second season with the Phoenix mercury, I am a thousand times better than I was. Game one last year, because I've had so many games in between, in addition to that full first WNBA season. Did doing athletes unlimited help as far as just kind of a 100%. It got me into the pro women's basketball space, right? I'm knocking on the door forever. I've lived out in Phoenix, Arizona, galley, since 2013. Amber Cox, the former COO of the team, gave me a couple of nipples, and then of course she moved on to do a zillion other things. And now she's back running the Dallas wings. But so yeah, it was hard. I mean, there were so few opportunities here in the valley. There were so many people who want to do them. They're lined up like planes on a runway. It's ridiculous. To just continue to beat that drum and fight that fight was a lot, but athletes unlimited gave me an opportunity and I'm so grateful for it. They paired me with the Hall of Famer Cheryl swoopes so incomparable, so knowledgeable. And so we just had fun. And we heard that. And they heard it sounding like we were just sitting on the couch with a red cell minus the swear words talking to who? And then Phoenix decided, you know what? We went in on that too. So yeah, I owe everything to AU pro hoops. Oh. I love that, Cindy. I love that you first start off just talking about growth. You know, just where you are in your career, where you've been in your career. It just says a lot. That's still at this point in your career, you're still looking to grow, especially in the women's basketball space and calling games. In this last year that you've been in the W athletes unlimited, where do you see the most growth that you've had personally and professionally working with the W and then some of those athletes and AU? Just that close connectivity with the players and their stories, right? It's one thing to watch at home from your couch and there's another thing about being in the arena and having the access to the athletes and the coaches. The facilitators and athletes unlimited. And everybody that has a hand and growing the game, when you can have those one on one conversations, it just enhances your ability to do your job. And then the reps themselves. Just looking at the docket, we've got a 40 game season this season in the WNBA. And I can go, all right. I know national TV is going to take a few of those away. The ion road games will go away as well. But still, I'm going to end up doing more games in total than I did a season ago. So that means I'm going to be that much better at the end of this season. When there were fury, make the playoffs for an 11th straight time. Just putting that out there. Yeah, I mean, I know I talked to you about odds before because you got on to me for not betting Washington state during the back 12 tournament. Hello. Cut down the net. Right? But yeah, I mean, I was like, there's no way Phoenix does not not make the playoffs, you know? It just happens. BG's never missed. And I guess what Diana's maybe mister once. I don't know how Diana's been a league forever. She was there before playoffs started. So I did bring it, am I saying it right? I mean, I'm from Texas and now I live in the east coast. I don't know too much about the West Coast life, but wazoo. Washington state. I read a story that you actually bought a car because of the color. And it made you think of Washington state. Is that real? That is real. When I was at ESPN, I needed a snow car, right? Connecticut, feet of snow during the wintertime. And this is before we had carvana or anything. None of that. You just literally would go to the dealership and pick out a car. And I had no idea about snow cars. I kind of had a vibe as to, all right, I mean, it's got to be bigger and heavier or whatever. So I pull into the little Nissan lot, and I see a murano, bigger car, and it's crimson. I didn't even take it for a test drive. I said that one. That's what I want. So yes, that is true. I love that vibe. I just want to be that sure about every decision I make. I love that car. I'm not a car guy. I would much rather see my money hanging in my closet. Handbags, whatever. So yeah, absolutely. How about that? Every decade or so. Yeah, that's the only joy about living in New York. You don't need one. There you go. Yeah, yeah. But the ties to the West Coast, do you ever see yourself, I mean, I guess Arizona consider West Coast. It's on its own time zone. Yes. It's on to someone time zone. Half the year, we're Pacific, and the other half were mountain time zone. But yeah, I think just both big Arizona school as being in the PAC 12. I think it's just all considered West Coast. It's very chill. You rarely see a businessman wearing a suit. I mean, it's very relaxed. Yeah, then I have bachelor party time or two in Scottsdale. I bet you have. And I think there's a reason why James Harden still has his home in Tempe. Oh, 1000%. Facility at ASU has his face all over. Oh yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I will say calling a game out there last year working for the Connecticut sun. Phoenix is one of my favorite places to go. And just the 40 hour I felt like gaff that we were there. The exploring the actual city, like the nightlife, was really cool. But also just the Phoenix mercury and event presentation. Just the game and how it makes you feel like that atmosphere. I loved it. I had felt like, okay, obviously I've been to a number of W games 'cause I'm sitting here calling games about this season. But this made me feel almost like, I wish I was a fan right now. I wish I was a game, like getting the t-shirts, like yelling out different things, like what do you like most about, just the mercury and the atmosphere that they provide for you guys? Especially at home.
A highlight from Courtside 108: Transfer Portal Madness, LSUs super team, WNBA Preseason
"Scott, joined as always by my guy. Gabe Abraham Gabe we're back. Oh my gosh. We're back so much has happened. This has been a whirlwind and we always say that, but no, this is different. This is different with the portal, the WNBA draft. The WNBA season, right on the precipice of jumping that up, listen, it's on and popping. How are you? I'm good. We have real basketball. Women's basketball for a minute. I don't know. Yeah, like a couple weeks. A couple of weeks. And now we're back. We have WNBA preseason. And then the NBA's going on, so we're in the midst of it. Just like super basketball season, which I love. Yeah. I haven't slept a lot. No, neither. I love it. I don't care. It's great. It'd be even better if we could get some of these WNBA preseason games on the television. Talk about that. Why don't we have that? There were so many great games, man. And people are asking, how do we watch? And I'm like, I can't. And it's like, I don't understand. And we can get it there, right? There's so many because of technology now. There's so many opportunities and avenues and so many great things. I mean, I know there are over 250 games that are going to be aired during the regular season, but I think the fans are ravenous for preseason competition as well. I mean, before the rosters are etched in stone, if you will, I think there's a lot of intrigue into what makes the teams the actual teams, right? The rosters and the build up and, you know, how they're looking, how they're meshing and all the teams on paper, like Vegas and New York. Like, what do they actually look like? In person. Like, what's the chemistry? What's the cadence? We won't see that. I mean, so I think maybe it's a build up now for opening night. Because we want to see it and we haven't been able to watch like we want to. Well, and I think one of the best things, one of the biggest transitions that the WBA needs to make. Not that this was something we plan on talking about. But you want to get the college fans in, right? We had a great college season. Most watch calls. She's a great way to get them right in. Having those creases and games available because for a lot of them, it's kind of like, this may be your only chance to see the player that you loved in the WNBA uniform just because of the way the rosters are like Alexis Morris is already off the Connecticut sun. And that's another discussion. The roster size and all that, but it is one of the best opportunities for a college fan to get into the WNBA and see like, hey, there's a player I know. I'm going to watch her and then I'm going to see these other players and I'm going to like it and then you get it. So I think yeah, the preseason is a missed opportunity. I believe it. And you know, and I think just because to me, almost 10 million viewers were watching the championship game. So those 10 million viewers want to see those seniors, you know? I've just matriculated on to the WNBA. And cheer for them, you know, on the next level, I know Monica senato and she's in Los Angeles and she's on social we're following these players via social, but I still, you know, I want to see them playing on their respective teams and, you know, hopefully they'll make a roster. So that can continue. But I think that's just so important. It's vitally important to have that carry over that momentum of what college women's basketball was this year. And to have that carry into the WNBA season, it's just what it's supposed to be, right? I think it's just what it's supposed to be, but we need to make sure we don't lose a step in the fall through the cracks and have some of those 10 million fans fall through the cracks while they're waiting for May 19th. Yeah, no, I think this little break is a little jarring too. It's just like it feels like, wow, the season ends on such a big note. And then we have this tiny little wall and it doesn't give you does it give you enough time to catch your breath or really engage if it's not a lot. But no, you're right. That's a one interesting thing. When we talk about because I do want to talk more about the preseason. But like you said, before we got on, we got to start with the transfer portal. I mean, this is last year's madness. This year. Stepped up. I have no idea. I have no idea what to do. I call the transfer pool of madness again. I don't know. It's a lot. It's a lot. It was a lot this year. I think, you know, obviously LSU, UCLA, Stanford, UNC. Most teams in the country have been hit by either transfers in transfers out, and it's really interesting to see, but what's been your overall just like feeling about this transfer window. As opposed to last year, oh man, I think it's, you know, tilting towards super team. Feeling, if you will, we've seen it kind of in the WNBA with the Vegas aces as we alluded to and obviously with the New York liberty loading up with former MVPs playing together with Parker and Wilson and all, you know, I just think it's going to be very intriguing to see how that looks on the collegiate level. I just think that it's, like you said, it's like, I don't know, like two for last year. It's scary hours for any of the other teams who are not the super teams right now. Like LSU has just built an amazing roster on a team that just won the national championship with young players anyway, we'll get into LSU in just a moment, but my total big picture take on this. I believe I read somewhere in an article day. There were only 5 or 6 teams who did not lose players to the portal. So out of 300 plus teams there are only 5 or 6, 5 or 6, like 5 or 6. Like that's not a whole lot of things. So we're talking more than 300 teams
A highlight from 5/12/23 - The Season is Coming
"And by we, I mean, me, your host Logan Jones, and our host Steve schwarzman, Steve. What's going on? Hey. Yeah, I guess you could get you call it spring break. I don't know. We kind of decided to just let April breathe a minute. So the four WNBA host nation hosts, they all have real jobs outside of the podcast and April is the annual, we all have to put in a lot of office hours and make sure we keep our real jobs so that for the summer, we could do the podcast. Because march is a lot in the summers a lot. We missed you guys. I hope that I hope that you guys missed us. It's nice to be back on. We have a ton of stuff that we can cover today. Obviously we will not get to all of it, but we've got future episodes for the season starts where we will hopefully touch up. Or before we get into any of that, we have all of the show plugs that we want to get out of the way for you. And because I have the honor of hosting today, I also have the honor of delegating all of those to Steve. Steve, can you tell people where to find us? Yes, head to WM nation dot com first and foremost, that's going to connect you to just about all the things that we have to offer, of course you can find us over on Twitter while it's still exists. But we're over there at WWE nation pod similar over on Facebook. You can, of course, check us out anywhere that your podcast can be found if you listen anywhere that you have a rating system we love a 5 star review if possible. And a comment, let us know what you like about the show, what we can do to make the show even better for you. The website will also connect you to our episode lineup. We've got a blog where we kick off some pieces here and there. Kyle was working hard on his draft come up and performed fairly well. I'll say, always does. Did a decent job into the draft order. When it came to that. So it was really happy for that. It's been a minute since we've done the live stream on Twitch, but we are connected to that. We are hoping to try and kick that up a little bit. That said, this season, we're looking to do a lot more stuff over on playback. If you want to come have a watch party with us playback allows you to do essentially a live watch party together, come talk with us while we watch the games. It's a good time over there. Connect over to our store. Get some sick merch. We're looking to put together some additional designs through the rest of the season. We'd love to see pictures of anything that you guys are kicking off there. And just overall stay connected with us. And oh yeah, TikTok. Showed us on TikTok because you may hear snippets from the show and other general insights. We're hoping to ramp that up as well. We've got a lot of stuff planned for the summer. It's kind of a part of why we let April rest a little bit. So that we could go full bore here. But there you have it. Thank you, Steve for all the show plugs. We of course also welcome all of your 5 star reviews on any podcast platform that offers that sort of thing. It helps us get out there and get discovered. In fact, we like them so much that we read them on the air and we have a new one for you that's been waiting. And so we're going to do that now at the top of the show to make sure that they get there props. And it's actually one of my favorite reviews we've had in a while because it's from a user. I love the W and the title is pleasant surprise. Yeah. We love that. Plus it's surprised. They came in with expectations that were low and they left, all right, I'll read it for you. I have to admit I was skeptical of listening to men. Talk about women's basketball, but it was one of the few podcasts of the W that seems interesting, so I gave it a shot. And I love it. When they talk about other leagues, they include women's sports, which is what I was looking for. A podcast that highlights and uplifts non male athletes. Their knowledge insight and love for the W is truly appreciated. Thank you very much, I love the W I really, really. Really like really nice. That is an excellent review. Please, if you haven't yet reviewed our show, please send in a 5 star review. We love to read more of those on the show. If we get so many that we just have to fill an entire episode of doing that and patting ourselves on the back, we will absolutely do that. Boom. Without further delay, let's launch into current news around the league. There is a lot going on. The league officially takes off and I believe 9 days as of the time of this recording. There's a lot of headlines bouncing around. There's a lot of hubbub, there's not a buzz just going around WNBA, Twitter, and preseason games, practices, rosters, and things of that nature. But we want to take kind of a we'll take the 30,000 foot view approach
A highlight from Dice it Up 28 | Kyra Lambert
"Hello, we are back with another episode of dice it up. Ice and I are joined by an incredible guest Kyra and Lambert, who formerly played at duke, also played a Texas, love that now she's playing overseas in France currently in the South of France, where it's I've heard lovely. My wife hasn't taken me there yet, unfortunately. But Cairo, welcome to the show. Thank you. Thank you for having me. I'm excited to chop it up with you guys. Let's just make a note that ISIS keeps bringing more Texas love for Dano every episode. I just needed to put it on the air. Tacos more and more. I didn't both of us because she has like an ACC connect and then like, you know, it was kind of, even though it's duke, which is like, eh, but it's still ACC. You know? No. That's awesome. Yes, thank you for joining us. Thank you for being an overseas. Thank you for connecting to us. I think we have done a really good job on the show, just highlighting overseas hoopers. Kind of biased because one of the co hosts does that for a living. But I just feel like these stories need to be told and sometimes we forget about some of our favorite athletes once they're no longer playing in college and they're not home near us. So thank you for joining us. What has your overseas experience been like since you graduated? Yeah. It's been very, I guess, dynamic. I've been in four different countries, like I started in turkey, then I went to Slovakia, then I went to New Zealand and then I'm in France. And every place has been so different, but I feel like I've grown so much in a different way in every place. It's kind of like different seasons of my life in every place. I don't know, it sounds like very maybe cliche, but it is cute. That sounds like a journey. Like the overseas journey. Yeah. I love that. So I like it a lot over here. Yeah, I mean, that's how the hallmark movie starts. A sentimental one. Our emotional one here. Which country have you played in so far that's been the easiest language wise? Which one speaks the best English? And I guess sidebar, do you know other languages? Yeah, I would say New Zealand was the easiest because they speak English. But I've picked up when I went to turkey. Oh, it was hard. I had no idea. I got the basics down, but after that, I was like, there's no way, if I don't come back, there's no way I'm gonna use this again. It was hard. But I try to make it everywhere that I am to learn as much as the language is possible just because I feel like you experience culture in a different way when you actually can't communicate. Being here in France, I actually asked the team to give me lessons, like French lessons, and I was able to do 15 one on one sessions with the teacher and I feel like I can understand a lot more. Pronunciation is hard, but I can understand a lot more. Like when I'm out and about and trying to travel and things like that, so it was cool. For that, that's amazing. That's awesome. Yeah, it was a huge blessing for sharing huge. Do you plan on being in France for longer than just a season? Is that why maybe you want to learn the language a little bit more? Or you kind of just like in your seasoned fourth year, you feel like a vet and you want to take advantage of, you know, knowing the language. Right. I don't know. I like France a lot. And I feel like it's a language that's intercontinental. It's everywhere. So I know it would be useful in other places, but yeah, I don't know. I would like to stay in France or come back to France. I don't know what's going to happen, but yeah, I think it's a useful language for sure. And it's a beautiful language. Once you can actually, you know, get fluent stuff. It's a beautiful language. So I'm going to go on to France for the French Open and in a month and I told my wife's mother, I was like, I really want to be an immersed in the culture, so I just want wine pastries and cigarettes. Hey, those are three Staples. Three stables. The last one. I have obviously, I only improved two out of the three. Yeah. What color have you loved the most? Like what culture do you feel like you kind of just really embraced if you could, you would take a piece of it home with you. That's tough. I would say as far as like the people, like the warmth of the people in New Zealand, I've never been in a nicer, more genuine environment than I was in New Zealand. As far as I adjustment and feeling comfortable, I think between New Zealand and France because coming to France, I didn't realize how many black people were in France. I'm walked off of the plane in Paris because I had to make my connection and I saw all these people. I was like, this can't be right. So then when I get to Toulouse, I like walk outside. I don't walk into the street. I called my mom so fast. I was like, mom, you're never. But it was just such a Slovakia or like a turkey where oftentimes most of the time, you're the only black person in the room. And in the city, you never know. Yeah. That was a pleasant pleasant surprise. That's awesome. I wish I would have known you before you went because I could have told you that just because I had three or four black French teammates. And one of our coaches, the coach that recruited all of them, was black. And so he let us know like, no, it's kind of our country too when you go. It's really cool. But I feel like this is not portrayed that way for some reason. Like when you think of France and Paris and the people in the food and the pastries, you just don't pick for, you know, black people kind of in the back, like taking advantage of these things. So that's good that you feel maybe more at home. You know, we're more just culturally close kind of thing. For sure. Not for sure. And it's nice to be here products, 'cause I just lost my hair. Less than a year ago. And I was like, oh, but now I'm like, there's a store every corner, like this is great. This is great. You know the real struggles of being overseas. Do you know how many times I worry about getting my braids done? Like Daniel probably has really never seen me with outbreaks. Maybe like twice. And the first time we ran a call, the first first introduction call before it was because I was overseas. Yes, I was overseas. And there was no hair burger near me. Yeah. I have one here. And so she's done a great job. Clearly. Not to be able to get your hair done, not have to worry about that. It's a real stress. For sure. Okay. So what about? Sorry, one more time. I was going to say, what about basketball? What about the competition in the different leagues that you played in, the different styles of play? Do you see a clear difference from country to country? Oh, for sure. For sure. So when I came out of college, I didn't know what to expect. I actually didn't know if I was going to play pro or if I was going to just do something else. So I came over and I was undrafted and I just chose an agent and when I got to turkey, so I played in the second division in turkey. And all I was like, yo, we playing pickup. And my coach was telling me not to pass. 'cause I was the only foreigner. So why are you passing? I was like, I've taken 18 shots of this game. He was like, shoot it. I was like, okay. Going in that to like Slovakia was more structured, but the level what it wasn't what I was used to in college. So like 'cause I split my first year. So I'm actually only this is only my second year overseas. Half of my Virginia and turkey and then I went to Slovakia that second half. And then, but they thought the game more in Slovakia. So I was like, okay.
A highlight from Winsidr Show- Camp has Started
"Wind cider that's playback TV, backslash wind cider, and hey, you never know when we're gonna do a WNBA merch giveaway. Welcome back to the wind sider show. Excited for this first WNBA training camp edition for the 2023 season. But first of all, make sure I know I say this before every episode, but make sure you're subscribed to Patreon. We've just refreshed the coverage there. And if you are subscribed, you know this because you have been flooded with content recently. So make sure to subscribe. There's some really cool stuff going on there. And it's definitely worth just a cup of coffee a month. Rachel, camp is upon us, life gets crazy. It feels like not too long ago, March Madness just finished. Not too long before that, the WNBA season just finished. What's kind of peaking your interest? What's on top of mind for, as I like to call you Hoff. Oh my gosh. I said at the last show, I just feel, you know, it's just like, I feel like we're kind of in a holding pattern. Obviously. It's like the calm before the storm, if you will, like, just waiting to kind of see the product on the floor. I think, you know, you get little snippets here and there of how teams are looking and you see certain snippets about how coaches are reacting to certain rookies that are how they're performing and you're hearing a lot of things and certain press conferences, meaty days, whatever that might be. I think for me, really intrigued with the Connecticut sun, you know, I think that we've become so accustomed to that team for so many years, still have some key pieces, but they shifted so much during free agency, you know, Alexis Morris and their draft wasn't huge by any stretch, but I'm curious to see just how this team ends up shaking out. Combined with the new system of stuff white, you know, and just kind of what that's going to look like. I mean, I've said it before. I'll keep saying it. There feels like there's 5 or 6 really massive question marks. In this league right now. And again, that's half the obviously half the league. So you have just question marks of what is this complete unknowns, you know? Ends of an era. If you will. So I would say really intrigued with Connecticut can, how does Alexis Morris fit in to that roster, you know, you had the additions of ty Harris back at Allen, things like that. Brie Jones, obviously, is the focal point returner, Melissa Thomas, you know, so you do have pieces of it, but there's so many elements of newness. And on the other side, I mean, I'm going to keep talking about the Indiana fever because I'm just so it's been such a good talking point for so many years and the last 5 years, I feel like everything we've seen and the reemergence of that organization can this year can this new head coach, you know, take this thing, take that next step. Are they prepared to take that next step? I mean, you've got a team there that could potentially sign three draft picks to the roster depending on how it shakes out. You know, does grace burger end up? You know, being that player that ends up, you know, really making this
A highlight from Coaching Series 3: Wesley Brooks of Ohio State talks about the Buckeyes' Elite Eight run, Taylor Mikesell and his coaching journey
"Hello. We are back with another episode of our coaching series. Gabe and I are joined by one of the coolest and best assistant coaches in the country, west brook from Ohio State, who is coming to us live from Sweden, coach, thanks for coming on and hanging out with us a bit. No problem. I'm glad to be here. Man, so like incredible season, I fell in love with the buckeyes pretty early on. Started the season 16. And basically shocked the world by not allowing Yukon to get back to an elite 8. I want to start at that game. Absolutely. I was trying to rattle my brain and the archives soon the last time genos team committed 25 turnovers in a game. I guess give me a vibe on the confidence of the team this year. I mean, so many weapons, but offensively defensively just what it's hard to imagine a team coming in against Yukon, where UConn is just a absolute favorite. Everyone expects them to win, but the buckeyes are fearless from the get go. Yeah, well, I think it has a lot to do with, and one of the other rated things about our team this year had a lot to do with how we finished last year. We were the Big Ten champions. Nobody, we were co season champions what I was. So we were Big Ten champs. And then we made it to the three 16. We beat LSU at LSU. So the last time LSU lost NCAA tournament game is to deal Ohio State buckeyes. So we beat them on their home court. So that game right there, I would say kind of propelled us into this season. And then we eventually last season went on to lose to Texas, but that game was, I mean, we just didn't get a shot off. We thought we should have won that game too. So we did, obviously, you're looking at the lead aids, but we have a very confident team, Taylor Mike so, who just got drafted by the fever, was part of that. That's one of the reasons she decided to come back because she thought we could do what we did this year. Unfortunately, we had injuries with Madison and JC. But our team chemistry is magical. The girls believe in each other. They believe in what they do, they buy into what they do, coach mcguff and steals that in our girls, coach Carla, who is our associate head coach Carla morrow. She instills that in our girls. And so we have a special group who believe in one another and because of that belief, it translates on and off the court. And then just to your point with Yukon, I mean, we fear nobody. As Cody said in the press conference, they're a very good team, historic program. But I think people are starting to understand with that Ohio State's pretty good too. And we're good at what we do. So we just always say, hey, our best is good enough. And so we just go and we just go play our game. And so you mentioned the tailor and we actually got to talk to her at the WNBA draft and you know, I thought she was, I told her this, I thought she's the best shooter in the draft. And the numbers bear that out, she was one of the best views in college basketball. And she has that dog on her as we like to say. And it really came out throughout the season and what do you think is one of the best things she brought to the team because I think a lot of people think of her as just a pure shooter, but we still all her deal loft to balance and she worked great in your press. So what was her versatility like to work with? I think she's a tremendous shooter, her defense has improved, but I would tell you, Taylor's one of the hardest workers I've ever been around. If not the hardest worker. I'll give you a story 'cause I love telling this story. Somebody from the WNBA actually called me about this story. And so last summer, we had camp in camp, you know, we had little kids camp and little kids camp was from the day camp 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., right? That's your typical day camping on a college campus. But before that, we did individual workouts. We did workouts. And so we do our team workout. And all the coaches will be in there and the team will work out from 8 a.m. to 8 45. And then before that, we will have the girls had weights from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.. Well, Taylor was getting up at four 34 45 in the morning and then coming in and she would do her shooting routine from about 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. before doing workouts. So she did that for and she this is what she does. She came in, she works this she out worst people. So from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., she shot. 7 a.m. to 8, she left. 8 a.m. to 8 45. She did the team workout. 9 a.m. to 4 o'clock. She did camp. So just to give you an idea of how hard she works, and then in addition to that, every day, a 7 a.m. 8 30, you can clockwork. She's in it, just using the jump shooting. And then even another story. So we are kind of a team where if it's an early game, like that game in Seattle with a 1 o'clock game. So we're not going to shoot around for a 1 o'clock game. We do everything. We do all our work the night before. But her and coach Carla got up the morning of that game, took the 30 minute shoot around time we had from 8 a.m. to 8 30. And she shot. And so that just tells you she's obsessed with the game. You have to be assessed to be that good. And it's just so rewarding to see her be the 13th pick in the draft because of that. That's the Kobe clip that's going around. If you wake up at four, you get this much working out. I mean, it's insane. But yeah, a lot of people say it, but it's actually really see it. It's amazing. To see it in action, like you said, it's something different, you know? He never mentioned sleep in the clip, which was shocking to me, but I can't believe that she actually can do that. And it comes out in her game. I think it came out with a lot of your team this year. Like I really just enjoyed the way you guys played together. And just really understood how to play in the system. I thought it was really great chemistry and yes these players have played together, but like Cody's a freshman, like there's a lot of change and I feel like that weathered that well. Yeah. Well, I think one of the things that help Cody, she came in. Last last season. So she was she came in early. So she did the early thing where she enrolled in January. And so she practiced that whole January to April.