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A highlight from Unplugged | November Madness | Mini Episode
"Talk a little bit about everything that's gone on over the last few days from the college basketball world. So here we are. I'm going to call this a mini episode. We'll see how many it is when we get to the end, but going to talk just about all of the big offsets, big games that we've seen over the last week or so. Of course, lots of big matchups just on the schedule for this week to begin with. We had number one South Carolina at number two Stanford on Sunday, South Carolina gets the win there in over time. So those two teams stay number one and number two in the country as we headed into this week. We also had a top ten matchup in Connecticut with number 5 UConn taking on number ten MC state. You kind of coming away with a convincing win in that one and then also number 19 Maryland down at number 17 Baylor mailer gets the win there some other great ranked matchups too. It had never 25 Utah, knocking off number 16, Oklahoma, maybe not that big of an upset per se in terms of both teams were in the top 25, should have been a good matchup, but the way in which Utah wins that 124 to 78 is certainly shocking. And then we get to the upsets. We had earlier this week, Kansas state, not right at the time, has snuck into the AP poll at 25 cents. Kansas state gets the win over Iowa at the time the number four team in the country knocks off the Hawkeye, so how can I have taken their first loss of the season and impressive performance from Kansas state there? Close game 84 to 83 final and then we head down to The Bahamas for the madness really gets going. The battle for Atlantis in The Bahamas, a great field, one that was definitely poets for some upsets, but I don't think anyone could have predicted the number of upsets we saw in that field. Just on day one, marquette on rank takes down number three Texas, Texas still without Rory Harmon, but still marquette gets the win in that first game. And then Gonzaga gets the win over Louisville as well over time in the second game. So the bottom half of the bracket from day one becomes Texas and Louisville on the consolation side of the bracket. And then on day two, UCLA with a convincing upset win over Tennessee. They take down the lady balls, 80 to 63, so we get a market UCLA final in the battle for Atlantis. I hope they had that in predicted if you did hats off to you because very unexpected final game there. But UCLA takes home the battle for Atlantis trophy. 66 to 58 and a game there in overtime, a great battle between two really tough defenses. To take home the win for the bruins. And then moving around the bracket after that, the offsets didn't stop in those opening rounds. Tennessee also lost two Gonzaga in the tournament in the constellation side of the bracket so they come home with just one win over Rutgers from The Bahamas and moved to just two and four on the season. And then Louisville was able to get the win over Texas in that constellation game, but they follow the South Dakota state in the third game of the tournament. So they also dropped two games down in The Bahamas and Texas also drops two games only getting the win over Rutgers in their last game there. So they fall to two on threes and two and three on the season as well. So Texas and Tennessee, two teams that were ranked in the top 5 to start the season. Now, under 500, both have fallen in the rankings, Texas down at 19, Tennessee down at 23 and those rankings came out before the Tennessee lost two Gonzaga. So another hit to Tennessee probably, we will see them fall out of the top 25 next week, so just a really rough start to the season for our Tennessee. Obviously, let's just quick recap, but just a lot going on in NCAA women's basketball, lots of top ten losses. Lots of upsets. So we've seen that so much over the past few days that I just went on Twitter and asked all of you what you would want to hear about what questions you had about what we've seen from these upsets and what we think about some of the top teams in the country now that we've seen of this action. Over the last week. So I'm going to go through just some of those questions on this podcast, talk about my thoughts on that. And then we'll go back to our normally scheduled programming with guests and everything next week. So first question off of Twitter, what upsets surprise to me the most. I'm going to go with two answers here. So I'm going to cheat a little bit in that just give one answer. But I think the one on the team that was causing the offsets that surprised me that modest was marquette's run to the battle for Atlantis final. Like I said, they fall to UCLA in that title game. But a team that coming into this field probably not a team anyone was circling as a team to expect in the title game to even possibly win that first round matchup with Texas, but marquette really impressed in this tournament. They kind of return three course starters Jordan king being the one that scored the most points in that big Texas game. But they just really excelled in this tournament. And I think they passed the eye test. That was the biggest thing as well. They didn't quite make it into the top 25. This week from their run, they were right outside in that receiving boats section.
A highlight from 11/19/22 - Coaches, Draft Picks, and NCAA Play
"And I am joined tonight by my good friend Logan Jones, Logan, how are you doing tonight? I am here, I am fresh off the high of an Iowa Kansas state finish if you want. Yes. The exact time that we're recording this on the night of November 17th. Yeah, we prolonged starting the podcast to see the end of that game. So the game went zeros, we had to talk about it in a minute and now, yeah. And there's been so we're like 11 days into the college basketball season. In those 11 days, we've also had tons of stuff going on in the WNBA. So we got to cover a lot of ground today. This should be a good end. We really do. We have a ton to talk about obviously we've been pumping out a lot of content with interviews. We've got, I believe, four of the 5 players in my top 2023 senior class. So we've had Aaliyah Boston, Haley Jones, diamond Miller, and we just had Jordan horston on the show. I don't know if that's going to release before, or after this episode. But it's coming. In fact, maybe I'll go look it up right now. Maybe I'll just check while we're here. And while I'm doing that Logan, how about you give everybody the rundown on where they can follow us because I think that's pretty appropriate to share, especially right now. We always shared every episode. But right now, it's probably the best time that we could possibly make sure people have ways to stay in contact with us. Yes, there's a lot of fear around whether or not Twitter is going down in flames. I can't tell you whether it is or not. But there are a lot of ways that you can interact with us and contribute to our show and get to know us better and keep up with the news of women's basketball and all that. Regardless of whether Twitter makes it out of this or not. So let's start with our website WNBA nation dot com. That's going to be your plugin into everything else. It's got links to our episodes. We've got links to our blog. I will be updating the top 25 NCAA women's basketball power rankings shortly. So if you didn't read my preseason list, it'll have an updated list here at about the two week market of the season. Kind of tough to do everybody's everybody's injured. Well, everybody's injured or playing cupcake games, but then there's
A highlight from Courtside Podcast 96: Washington Mystics Changing of the Guards, Big NCAAW Upsets, Azzi Fudd goes off
"Gabe Ibrahim babe. I'm surprised this week, but some really great games. But some surprises on the WNBA front. One that one pretty close to home. Is the right word? Well, help me out. Was it a surprise? So if you don't know, I assume you know. Considering you're watching this podcast or listening to us on YouTube or Twitter or Apple podcast, whatever you get podcasts, we're hoping we're hurrying out. But Mike Tebow has stepped down as the head coach of the Washington mystics. He will now be the team's GM and only the team's jam, his son, Eric, will take over the head coaching spot, latoya Sanders actually moves up one spot on the bench and Maria giovanna moves up a little bit in the front office doing more basketball stuff in addition to her millions of roles on the team. And pretty much everyone I mentioned has been with the organization for ten plus years and you've been around these people so much. So it was a little bit of a shock. Okay. I don't know. I feel pretty comfortable. I don't know about you. No, absolutely. And I think when I said surprise, that kind of had to touch myself. I don't know if I use the proper word because my Tebow has been grooming Eric Tebow for this moment. And he's beyond ready. For this next step as the head coach of the Washington mystics, but I say surprise because it was a Tuesday and it was just like the randomness of the news popping and I think the moment was a surprise, but the circumstance was not a surprise. If that makes sense. So obviously, you know, all the emotions for me came streaming through. Eyeballs. It doesn't take much for me when I'm what I'm truly touched. And honestly, just the reverence of my T bone, what he's been able to do over the course of his long tenured unsuccessful career, three times he was named WNBA coach of the year, the longest winning streak. I don't want to say streak, but the most wins in WNBA history. Yes, yes. WNBA champion in 2019 with the mystics and, you know, several runs to the finals with Connecticut. And so and with Washington to the year or so, for me, I mean, that's family to me, you know? And to see that happen, it was touching. I can't say it any other way. And, you know, sometimes you're allowed to be sad for the ending of things, but in that same breath and thought, you can also be thrilled for the next chapter for both Eric and Mike Tebow. And, you know, Mike said on the press conference the other day, he said, you know, I received so many Texas pretty much overwhelming, but I think people thought that I would be picking up golf and not doing anything else. And he's like, no, I'm still general manager. So he has had that role for years with Washington. So that's not an adjustment or something new for him and he said, he had history with player personnel and all of that throughout his career. And the CBA of the old CBA and the MBA and all of that. So he said he's always had a really strong interest. But being a GM entails. So that's nothing new for him, but for Eric while I'm just, I'm thrown for him. And I know you are too you guys are buds and it's just, it's just an amazing passing of the torch, if you will, in terms of that role. But we've seen in practices, right? It was the mystics that he always totally hands on. Sometimes he's out there running around too. You know, just demonstrating, you know, switches and how things are going to be handled in the games, defensively offensively. So he's ready. It's not like a big adjustment for him either. I mean, I think it will be an adjustment because of what you're saying, 'cause we do see him on the court all the time. I asked about that, he was, you know, he's like, I'm not gonna be able to stop myself from doing that because that's part of the big fun of being a coach, right? So I think it will be an adjustment for him, you know, just in listening to some other coaches who have made that leap going from assistant coach to head coach. Mike mcdaniel, the new dolphins coach, I feel like I've talked about a few times. He talked really eloquently about the differences between an assistant coach and a head coach. I think especially in basketball. When you can have a report, the player is very different. So it'll be a learning curve, it'll be different and obviously Mike, you know, Mike TiVo's Mike TiVo. You've said it winning his coach in WNBA history. 16 WNBA playoff appearances, most ever. So the mystics had had, I just wrote this article Gabe. I believe they had only had one or two playoff series victories. Or that. Before he got there and now they have 6 playoff series victories, including WNBA finals. So Mike made the program, but Eric was there for all of that. And so I think it is, like you're saying, you know, I think it'll be fine. Going forward in terms of the continuity, I don't think it'll be that different. But man, it is crazy to think, you know, back on how much my T Bo's meant for this franchise. And to the sport, I mean, 43 year coaching career. And you guys can read this article. It's going to come out on bullets forever. Hopefully, to you at some point. But with the Lakers, right when they got Magic Johnson. Yes, my God. He was with the bulls right when they got Michael Jordan. MJ. He was with the sun, the Connecticut sun, when they got Tina Charles. Yeah. And he was with the Washington mystics when they got Elena Dalton.
A highlight from Unplugged | Feast Week Preview
"Hello and welcome to another episode of her hoop stats on plugged as always you are here with Megan gower. And we are officially a week into the season. We've had a lot of upsets already a top 5 matchup last night Monday night we're recording this on Tuesday. So so much going on because the sport in this first week. We're going to touch a little bit on kind of all of those things that have happened in this episode. But through the lens of looking at next week's Thanksgiving tournaments, always a very exciting time of the year. Lots of big mashed ups with top 25 teams happening over the next week in a series of Thanksgiving tournaments. And we're going to take a look at the four best fields, at least in my opinion, for those tournaments on this episode. And to do that, I am here today with Calvin let's all from our group testing, Kate Calvin, how's it going? Hey, I'm good, Megan. How are you? Good, excited to have you back on. This is about a few weeks, but it feels like longer, 'cause we recorded that preview while I had a time, so. But the season is here and this coming week is one of the most exciting weeks I know. I think that and you probably agree with me of the season with the Thanksgiving tournament coming up lots of just really exciting non conference matchups coming up over the next week or so in some very fun locations as well. So a lot of games to kind of look forward to in the coming weeks and wanted to just use this episode to take four of those tournaments that have some of the best fields going in this year and talk through those fields and what we're looking forward to seeing over the next week. Yeah, no, I think we talked about it on our last podcast about our favorite weeks of the season in some order. It was the first week of the season. March Madness and champ week plus the first week of the tournament. And then this week they were about to talk about Thanksgiving. Those are kind of the top three. So we just finished up one and we're about to get into another one. Yes, it's very exciting. Yeah, it's been a fun first week in a day or so it's really only about a week and a day. It feels longer almost. So much has happened in the last week, but yeah. A fun first week and now getting to talk about the city games. I think starting with probably in my opinion the best field I think of the tournament and also the first one chronologically, the battle for Atlantis is coming up this weekend. I have figured out how to use StreamYard. So we've got fun stuff for this episode. We can pretend that we're in Bahamas, even though it is 29° because unfortunately not in The Bahamas. We can live vicariously. Yes. But a really good field here, and we're going to go through a lot of these matchups in a second, but just to run through it. We've got Tennessee, Texas, Louisville, all ranked squads in this game. Or in this tournament, and then UCLA not ranked currently, but hanging right around there South Dakota state also kind of hanging around even though they lost their opening week game against creighton. Gonzaga, another really good team, and then rounding out the field with marquette and Rutgers. So a pretty great slate kind of heading into this tournament, which starts on the 19th, so Friday. I like Saturday. Saturday and goes into Monday, the championship on Monday. The championship I believe is on ESPN as well. So we get at least one game that is not a plus sports. I won't knock close words too much on this podcast though, because they are sending ICI who hosts our other podcast. The two cover or to call a lot of these games. So they've stepped up their game. I didn't hear that. That's awesome. Good for ice. The other day she did the NBC, the first ever NBC women's college basketball game, and I talked to her afterwards she always does a good job. So it's cool. Good for you. So if you're listening good for you, I'm looking at the bracket that you so kindly sent me. It looks like the third place game is on ESPN U so at least two. Yeah. Hire an ice, but yeah, there's some pros and cons to flow hoops. Look at that. Mainly, I just pay so much money to watch baseball. I hate that I have to spend another $30. Wow, yeah, it's true. Last in November, it's just yes. You probably went for 5 months as a biggie's fan. Do you pay for it all year as a biggie Smith? I just did it for a month, but I was that's what I was doing it. I was regarding maybe not just doing the whole year. I have to go back and figure out
A highlight from Dice it Up 16 | Kim Adams
"Are back. Another episode of dice it up and we got a great guest this week, Kim Kimberly Adams. What do I call you? I don't know because I want to come off as respectful. It's our first time talking, and I respect you a lot, biggies, there's a lot with the biggies, former hooper, legend out of White Plains, what's going on? Not too much. Kim is good, but it's funny because I was in a press release the other day for Fox Sports and it said, Kimberly, which I really never go by. So some people were like texting me that. Kim is perfect. But yeah, I'm so excited to be here with you guys. We were saying we're all just so excited that the season is back, just prepping for games, being a games, so I'm a fan of your guys show. So thank you so much for having me on. Awesome. It's good to see you. I feel like we've connected so much through social and have been at some of the same stops and just have never quite connected in person. So he's literally I was thinking back. I'm like, have we ever met in person? And I was like, I don't think we have. This is like our next step. We're here together. We're getting there. We're getting there. I love it. We appreciate you being on really just want to start with your playing career. Play that pen, but I want you to give us kind of the full story of just growing up in White Plains, playing basketball, knowing you want to get to the next level in your college experience. Yeah, so born and raised in white plains, my family was very into basketball. Both of my parents had played in college. My mom played a William and Mary and she played at White Plains high school too, where I ended up going. My dad played at Colgate, and then my dad was also a men's basketball referee for like 25 years, he did a lot of the conferences in the northeast. He did the Big E so I literally grew up going to all of his games. My two younger brothers and I just like tagging along, we thought it was the coolest thing in the world. And then, yeah, so I started, I was doing a bunch of sports growing up and then really kind of settled in on basketball and swimming. I was continuing to do both of those at a high level through high school. I was being recruited for both sports, my mom was my high school basketball coach. We had a really good team. We went to the New York State championship three years in a row, unfortunately we didn't win it. But I think we would have, I think we were going to win at my senior year, but I had an injury. So my shoulder dislocated a little bit. So I couldn't finish on the rest of the season. But we had such a fun team. So yeah, I was like being recruited for both sports. It came down to either going to pen for basketball or duke for swimming. And I think I knew in my heart that I loved basketball a little bit more. So that was always kind of pulling me in that direction. So yeah, I ended up going to Penn, I can't say it was like the best experience that I would have hoped for athletics wise. It's always like a little different in the Ivy League because we're not getting scholarship money and things are just a little bit different. So I had a good freshman year. I was all Ivy League rookie team had gone through some injuries, came back, I had a good rest of that season, so we had some coaching changes. You know how it goes I use this. You've been to a couple schools and if I hadn't been in the Ivy League, I may have looked to do that too, but in the Ivy League, it's different. Like I said, so it didn't end up being what I would have hoped for my college experience, but so many of us, I feel like have that experience. But at the end of the day, I wanted to go to a top notch academic school. I definitely did. I loved being in Philly. I loved being at Penn and I, at the time, I didn't know have any idea that I would get back into a basketball career. So that was kind of an unexpected twist. It's not, I was a communications major, but we didn't have any sort of broadcasting there, so it's not something I had done in my undergrad years. I love it. I've got to ask real quick, Daniel. About your dad being a ref, are you? What's going on? Yeah, I'm like, what? 'cause, you know, I'm one of those people who think that no good refs exist. I can't tell you one ref I had during college where I would be like, I want her to call our games. I want him. I can't tell you. Some of them personality wise are cool. But none that I'm always like, you always make the right call. Do you like sympathize towards referees? Is it something that you decide not to comment on really in broadcast? Yeah, no, it's definitely interesting. I feel like I see it from a different lens of most broadcasters. A, I always make sure that I'm really up on my rules because my dad said, when he was roughing, there was nothing worse for them as refs when the announcers were criticizing them, but they didn't understand the rule. So the ref had the right call, but they would be yelling and saying it was wrong, but they really just didn't know the rule. So I always try and make sure I'm studying up on the rule book, the rule change is all that, and then I definitely, I always try to give them the benefit of the doubt, but I think I call it fair. Even the other night in my first game, there was like a pretty vicious elbow, and I was pretty vocal that I thought it was a men's game, so it's a flagrant too. I was pretty vocal that I thought it should have been a flagrant too, and the refs ended up calling it a flagrant one. And I said I disagreed with it. So, you know, as long as I feel like I'm explaining why I feel that way. I'll compliment them on good calls. I'll say, oh, you know, that was a tough one, or maybe it could have gone either way. But it's definitely, it's interesting perspective, and now my brother is getting into reffing too. He's doing like D two and D three meant. So it's nice sometimes if I have a question I can just go to them and be like, what is this rule or what did you see here? So it's definitely like a unique perspective, I feel that I can bring to the broadcast. Were you held to a different standard? Like, were you anytime you did get a bad call when you actually played, you know? I'd be afraid of my dad criticizing me for getting on a refs, but it was like one of my favorite things to do. I don't know. I just can't fathom being so close to what I considered the enemy at the time. It is so weird because like you said, ISIS, when we show up to a game, I feel like you as a player, you never personally really get to know the reps. There's some that you get familiar with, oh, I've seen this person a bunch, but it's never like you're having a conversation with them. So for me, even now I think of my brother coming up, he's a dad with the two cutest kids.
A highlight from Courtside 96: College Basketball First Week And WNBA Coaching Hire Reaction
"By my guy, gave Ibrahim right here on the her hoop sets podcast network gave oh boy, it is percolating in. Oh, it's simmering. Women's basketball on the college level is on and popping, but there has been some moves that have been made in the WNBA on the coaching side. But tonight is the draft lottery. So so many things to talk about. I don't know what to start. You can tell us where we start and we'll just we'll just take off. A comical amount of news as per usual in the women's basketball world, especially as it gets a little chilly. It's been raining today, so now it feels like real fall. We had our first high school practices this week. Try out some practices, so I've been watching basketball. Oh yeah, super exciting. But it does feel like we're full, almost like full swing and basketball. And the first week of the season had some really nice games, some really great performances. Got to see some of the players that we've been missing. And then also, as you mentioned, four head coaching hires in the WNBA. More of them. Since the last time we talked. I know that's insane. That is insane. But they were saying it could be as many as 6. So are there two more coming? Like we don't know. I mean, are all the vacancies filled? 'cause LA's build Connecticut's filled Indiana's filled. Yeah, you know, I thought, I don't know, this was like right after the WNBA season ended. There were some speculator comments being made that there could be as many as sick, so maybe it's just going to be before, but never know. Well, I do think we should start though in college basketball before we get to the pros. Because the season just started and we got some, we got some really nice performances, some nice games, as I mentioned. Anything stick out to you. I have one item that I know will stick out to you. But any other players that you saw that you were really impressed by or anything that caught your eye in this first week? Yeah, I mean, it was opening day, right? I think, or the next day. It was the Indiana. I'm sorry. It was the Ohio State Tennessee game. We will talk about Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee game as well. I know, which is why that was on my head because I've always forward thinking. But I had to take you back a couple of days, you know, flashback Friday, but yeah, this week, the Ohio State, Tennessee game was phenomenal. And it was packed in there. It was just a great atmosphere, but a great fight by Ohio State to get back into that game and not only get back into it, but overtake and win it. Again, it's a really tough Tennessee team that has Jordan horston back healthy. She played great, but it was just Ohio State's night that night. Well, and I think the press of Ohio State looked at mid season form. And you know, that's such an awesome thing because I feel like for Ohio State, when they're press is going, that's one they are at their best. And that's exactly what happened. I mean, JC Sheldon was all over the place in the backcourt, her length really stuck out to me in this game. In a way that maybe it hasn't in the past, obviously I've watched her, but this time around, she just really was everywhere on those inbound passes, creating a havoc. And then offensively, she played really well too. But I'll have to say, looked really clean, really in mid season form. Tennessee on the other hand, a little sloppy. I think this was a really tough opponent for them in their first game. So I'm not quite as concerned about their long-term projections. But I did think they were very sloppy and there's going to be teams that can do what Ohio State did to them later in the year. So they're going to need to figure it out. True, I had Tennessee in the NCAA tournament. The analysts on those games and yeah, I know one of the bugaboos was their ability to take care of the ball or lack thereof. And you're right. Against the team like Ohio State, I think there were some issues with playing under pressure, right? And playing under duress and the ability to make plays out of being blitzed, right? And Ohio State, they're going to bring that to you. I mean, they really embraced their full court press last year and it just developed over time and all of a sudden now that has become who they are. You know you're going to get pressured. You know you're going to get hemmed in on the sidelines. You know you're going to get forced into the coffin corner. Yep. And they rotate heavy out of the traps. So they have two people on the ball two people one passed away in a safety. So good luck trying to make a clean pass out of that. And it's not just oh I'm going over here to trap. It's like, no, they're in your grill and they are forcing you to place fed up and it's just really been fun to watch how that has become their philosophy and personality as a team. I love hearing you talk about the press Christie. It's one of your favorites. All right, favorite things.
A highlight from Winsidr Show - Curt Miller Talks LA
"Combined at the collegiate and the professional levels 5 time Matt conference champion 7 time regular season Mac champion two time WNBA coach of the year, executive of the year, the former Connecticut son head coach, and the newly named head coach, the Los Angeles sparks, Kurt Miller, coach, we are so honored to have you here on the show. Welcome. How are you doing through this whirlwind of the past few weeks? Well, first, great to be here, Rachel. It's been a little bit too long, but happy to be back on. Yeah, it's been, it's been insane when I get called one of the first questions everyone asked me is where am I? And I don't always know. But exciting, exciting times and really looking forward to continuing to grind as we get started in LA. Kurt, you're a big name in the W but it feels like just a few years ago, you're an assistant coach for the LA sparks. You have so much more WNBA experience now. And I'm curious for you. What's it like to reflect back on this journey to this point? I mean, the early stages, but also, you know, recently, you left a franchise that you really built up to a contender, and now you're moving on to a team that missed the playoffs last year. Yeah, it's been a little bit, you have to pinch yourself. 8 years ago, I made the transition after a long time, collegiate career to the pro game. And had an unbelievable first year experience in LA. And they had a star studded team when I walked in to assist Brian agler, you had Candace Parker and necco gu McKay, one of the greatest leaders I've ever been around in Elena beard and Christy tolliver. And in the list goes on to that 2015 team. And so my experience in transition to the pro game was outstanding with the people I got to work with and it made in a lasting impression on me. And really impacted this decision because I had such fond memories. So my first year in the league and working in LA and all the advantages of the market of LA and so it's come full circle and I had an unbelievable experience in Connecticut be remiss not to thank them for all the support and the fan base and the incredible players that I got to coach through my 7 years there at three incredible bosses. Christiano, who hired me amber cops and most recently, Jen rosati, I just had three remarkable leaders that I had great relationships with going to be lifelong friends with all three, and so, you know, it's just, it's been a fantastic experience in the WNBA and I'm honored and humbled to work with these great players. And excited that I have a new challenge. And the excitement of being now back in LA. Before I talk a little bit about LA and ask you some questions about LA, I want to say, I think I speak for a lot of people. I know I speak for myself personally. I want to say congratulations for the job you did do in Connecticut. It was an absolute blast to watch what you and your staff had built there. All those years really enjoyed watching it, fun to analyze it. Certainly an end of an era, but definitely one that I think a lot of us will hold deep in our hearts. I commend you for everything that you guys had built there. But, you know, it feels like we're in a period of time right now. It's like free agency, but for coaches. And I know you had to have been highly sought after in terms of WNBA head coaching vacancies. But what was it about LA in particular? This franchise, this roster, the makeup of it, that appeals to you so much. You know, in certainly a humbling off season it doesn't seem like it's even started, but it's been a humbling and really honored this off season with the conversations I've had and the people that I've gotten to talk to around the league and it all started with support from Connecticut and this off season. So after returning from the World Cup and that amazing experience of winning a gold medal for Team USA has just been a humbling off season. But through it all, LA was such an unbelievable opportunity. And once again, I said, after my experience in 2015, if the opportunity ever presented itself to come back to LA and be the head coach, it would be something very, very difficult to walk away from. And there's something special about the iconic franchise. There's something special about the sparks that being in LA as a destination location for these players in this league. And you think about the MVP, as you think about the three championships, you think about the incredible venue that they play in. And it just goes on and on. And then I'm a builder and Rachel, you know me as well as anyone that interviews me. I love the challenge of building. And with a lot of cap space, it just seemed like the perfect time. And when LA showed interest in me, it was something that I was really excited to listen to and ultimately honor to be their next head coach and join them in this building process at a very fun time with a lot of cap space and a lot of ability to put your own imprint on it and really build it with the culture and the areas that you feel so much that you believe in so much that I get to have a major say in that. It's so funny. You literally took the words right out of my mouth. I was getting ready to talk about your long track record of building. You just building success from the collegiate ranks all the way to Connecticut that's really just been your identity and who you are for the entirety of your career. Entering into this situation in LA, we'll get into a little bit more specifics here in a little bit, but clearly there's a lot of flexibility. A lot of opportunity and opportunity for you to kind of make that mold it into what that exactly is going to look like. What are the pieces that excite you about this? Most importantly, what is your vision for this team moving forward, at least when it comes to that first step of the next year or whatever that may be? Yeah, I think the thing that excites me the most is building it with great people. And you know, I'm a big believer that culture wins, I'm a big believer when you get the locker room right when you surround yourself with servant leaders on your staff, when you sat around
A highlight from Winsidr Show - Christie Sides Fever HC
"To the wind insiders show big news Indiana fever have a new head coach, they have been a team that's been to put it nicely on the bottom of the league for a few years now recently have just been a perennial lottery team still have not gotten that first pick. Fingers are crossed that in a few days they'll be able to announce that they'll be getting the first pick with the lottery was on Friday at 5 30. Rachel, Christie sides. Before we get into reactions, just real quick, she's been around for a long time over 20 years of experience. This is her first real shot as a head coach. She's been with poki Chapman for a very, very long time was with pokey in Chicago when they built that team up and went to the WNBA finals. I believe it was 2014. She was with poking Indiana and also and maybe one of the more impressive, important aspects that I feel like isn't getting enough attention is she also worked with pokey when poki was the head coach of the powerhouse Russian team spar tech back in the day with Sue bird, Laura Jackson, Diana terrace, and all of these ridiculous, amazing players that just destroyed and dominated the overseas world. Rachel, thoughts on sides, maybe a name that most fans didn't know of didn't think of didn't hear of. And I should say she was an assistant coach for Atlanta last year. Yeah, I mean, it's funny to me, excuse me. Being in this space and being a former coach myself and being involved in that side of it, it blows my mind when, you know, one of the most experienced resumes that was probably on the board this year and then people don't quite maybe not the name doesn't necessarily resonate with them or is it super familiar? It blows my mind because when I think of Christy sides, I think of someone who's extremely experienced in the game, she has coached, like you said, all levels got her start. Actually, at the high school level, I believe. And then has had a vast amount of experience at the division one level all the way up into the Big Ten. I definitely think that she's put in her time. And you look back and as you talked about, I think one of the most intriguing aspects of it. We got to get her on the show. And talk about that period of time and with Sparta because that's going to be a really cool story that I think has not been told quite a bit. So that's going to be my new goal is trying to get coach on the pod. But I mean, obviously, had a great run in Chicago that was a great stretch, being able to watch Sylvia thousand, Elena delle donne, CAPiTA, I mean, that was such a great run. To witness just myself. And then, you know, obviously Indiana fever was a little bit more of a brief stint, but still showed promise of some things being built and put into place there. I still kind of wonder what could have happened had her in poke he had. You know, a little bit more time there with a fever, but I think this is a great hire, I think, that Christy sides has put in her time, she's got an impressive resume as an assistant coach across all levels of the game. So you can't deny the experience there. You can't deny a lot of the different great basketball minds. She has worked with a lot of the great basketball players she has helped develop. She has historically been known as a high energy players coach, has always built really meaningful deep relationships with her players. She seems to be completely adored across the board. I think that this is a really good fit for the fever, being able to bring in someone who understands the league who understands this generation of player from the collegiate level, because obviously we talk about this fever roster and how young, they're just recently removed. A lot of them, you know, from collegiate basketball. And so now you're bringing in a coach that is very well versed in both avenues, whether that is the WNBA, and whether that, especially with a fever, unless second stint in Indiana, she knows the franchise she has witnessed this franchise, have success. Knows the standard of excellence there. So I think it's a great fit across the board. I'm excited. I'm excited to see a coach who, you know, has really just gone through the ranks and built up her resume and understands what it means to be in this league. What it means to be in that chair is an assistant to helping out in many different ways. It's her time. And I think it's a really good fit for the fever and this young roster I'm thrilled for him to be honest. It's interesting. And I think you touched on a lot of stuff that we could go on for hours about not specific to her, but just as a general thing. But I really like what you said. She's put in her work through all the stages. Now, you know me, I love to play devil's advocate. I'll flip it on its head and I'll say, look, she's never been a head coach before. This is a questionable call of hiring her, but I'll argue with myself and say, look, at what point, you know what I mean? This Indiana fever team has tried multiple varieties of different avenues of coaches. And at a certain point, you kind of need to roll the dice, put your faith in somebody, and hope that it works out properly. Now, I can say the same thing about Noel Quinn. I mean, we could go down to the line and avenues in which these coaches get into that chair. There's not really a precedent there. When it comes to the WNBA, at least right now, for me, I'm always going to be one of those people that respects just the grind and the time put in. And whether you get that first head job at the collegiate level, whatever that might look like, or whether that first job comes in the WNBA ranks, like when you've put in that work and you understand it as an assistant, like that time's got to come eventually, someone's got to be willing to take that leap. And I respect Linden for doing it. 100%. And I agree with that. At a certain point, right? And I think I've seen some stats that have been put out or some people have kind of passed my way of new coaches, historically, like new coaches who haven't been head coaches before historically in their first year. And over the next 5 years, have a better record in the NBA and WNBA than let's say recycled coaches. Interesting. We've seen it happen before, where, you know, the Dallas wings brought in O'Brien agler, somebody who has been known for taking a stagnant team and putting them over the top getting them to that next level. And I think at a certain point, it's kind of just like, okay, you have to, you know, we don't know what happened in those interviews, what her game plan, what her style is that she wants. And I've been asking around the league. And I'll be completely blunt. A lot of people, I'm like, oh, is she defensive minded, often some minded, like, what's her bread and butter? And everyone kind of says the same thing, which is she's been long. She's been in charge of the offensive game plan. She's been in charge of a defensive game plan. She's done it all and to try and box her in to a
A highlight from Unplugged | Texas Women's Basketball | #3 Texas vs #6 UConn Preview
"Her hoop stats on plug as always you are here with Megan gower in the NCAA women's basketball season is officially underway. We are recording this on Tuesday. So yesterday was the first day of the season, lots of teams in action to start out the year. So it was exciting to get to sit in front of the TV and watch the hoops last night. I think the best game of the day was certainly the one we expected it to be number 21 Korean at number 23, South Dakota state, the only top 25 matchup on the woman's or rent slate last night, but a great game overall went down pretty close to the wire in the fourth quarter, and we saw a pretty big road win over South Dakota state to start off their season, Lauren Johnson, who, of course, captured the attention of the nation in Clinton's only 8 run last year, scored 30 points for the blue Jason that game. So a great way to start off the season. I'm not going to get to it today because it's not happening until tonight, but we've got another top 25 matchup between Tennessee and Ohio State as well tonight so that should be an interesting one too. One of the best non conference games on the schedule this year is coming up on Monday, however, which is number three Texas at number 6 Yukon and today we're talking a lot about this number three Texas team and what they look like as well as looking ahead to that game on Monday and what it means for both teams in what we might expect to see in that one. To do that, I am here today with Danny Davis who covers all things longhorns for the Austin statesman, hi, Danny, how's it going? It's good. I appreciate you having me. Ready to talk some hoops. It's been a, it's been a while since we had some basketball to watch. Yes, excited to have you on excited to talk about this Texas team and that's all general. We finally got some games last night. We don't get to see Texas then relax. They're a late one. Also like Yukon, who we're gonna talk about some too, because it's a very big game coming up on Monday, but at least the season is officially underway and we are kind of in the thick of it now. So obviously, Texas, right from number three, in the AP poll coming into the season, the team that's in that kind of elite tier has gotten a lot of attention this off season. So I want to just talk about what they look like coming into the season. We've seen them play a little bit in that exhibition game with the pulse. So that was interesting. But maybe just starting out with that number three preseason ranking. I mean, this is a team that was very good last year. I made it to the elite 8, has been successful under Vic schaefer for the last two seasons. But just kind of in your opinion, what does it say about this team and where can schaeffer has them that they are starting off the season in that number three spot? Yeah, I was a little surprised by the number three slot. I have an AP vote and I put them 5. I don't think I was being too conservative with that vote. But this is the team that you can have a range of outcomes with this team. I don't know if national championship is necessarily the high, just because of what South Carolina is, but this is a team that could definitely reach the championship game of contend. This also a team that could maybe lose in the sweet 16 round. We just don't know because their strength is also maybe their weakness. They have a lot of new faces, and we just don't know how a lot of these the transfers and the freshmen are going to fit into this team. We know what we have in Rory Harmon. We think we know what we have in the Lea Moore, at least we saw it from hurricane this season and sending she got better of the off season. We know what someone like Shay Holly and Diana Gaston contributed to this team, but we don't know really what the newcomers are going to do. And we don't know how much the off season departures on the team because the team lost a lot too. We don't know how much that's going to hurt the team or how long it's going to take to adjust this team. But they have three new assistant coaches, although two of them really aren't new. They've been tied to the program before. So I don't know how much that really impacts things. But there's just a lot of unknowns that we're not going to know until on paper. This is a very talented team. And there's a lot to be excited about. But we just don't know if they're going to play defense a big schaefer wants them to fly. If they're going to jail on the court and we're just going to they're going to get tested early. But it may just be a little while before we're definitively able to say, okay, this team is number three. This team is number 5. This team is number 12. Yeah, and I think a lot of it probably stung from, I think, past number one, and number two, when you get to the rankings, there's just a lot of question marks everywhere. So a testament to what people expect from a Vic schaefer team, I think, but yeah, I think there's a right to places that most of those teams and that kind of three to ten range right now could end up falling once we really see what things look like. You want to kind of some of the returners there. But I think one of the things most interesting about this team going into the season is some of those acquisitions that they made during the off season in particular Sheila Gonzalez and Sonia Morris for a team that maybe struggled a little bit to score the basketball last year. I think we've got two options that if they gel rate could play a big role in the Texas offense, can you talk to us a little bit about what you've heard about the two of them and kind of how they're fitting in with the program so far? Yeah, I mean obviously anytime you can add two players who were already in the top ten at their former schools and career scoring, that's a plus and this is a Texas team that needed score and especially after aliyah mathar decided to transfer and go to Florida. She was their leading scorer last season. Their top shooter. Even though she only averaged 12 points a game, she had she had the ability to get hot and carry a team offensively. And so that's those are two huge acquisitions. And then you assume Roy Harmon is going to get better offensively. And some of the other pieces, you know, Shay Holly can knock down some buckets here and there. They can get some work done the paint. I mean, that's a good offense. And it's exhibition season. Those matches dumb in anything, but they did. Top a hundred points twice in there, two exhibition games, including one against Nepal. And I know depaul is not known for their defense, but that's still a tournament team with an all American on their roster. So I think if you just look at the exhibition season, you can see what this office can do. And honestly, I think she'll tell you the same thing. Rory didn't play that well, shooting the ball. And she
A highlight from Dice it Up 15 | Debbie Antonelli
"What's up? We are back with another episode of dice it up. This is gonna air Tuesday, the second day of women's college basketball starting and who better to have on than the Debbie antonelli front of the program, friend of spread the floor, she gave out our spread the floor listeners, aces back in the very beginning of the season, she doubled down in the finals, helped me make a lot of money and she's one of the best play callers in the game, I'm surrounded by two amazing play callers right now. So Debbie, welcome on to dice it up. We've been wanting to get you on for a while, so I'm very excited to have you here. Well, thank you so much for inviting me. I can't think of a better time to be on with you guys than right now with all the excitement around the season and I'm just as excited as I was. 35 years ago when I got started calling games. So I'm ready to go. Love it. And for people who don't know, Debbie played NC state, we can talk about NC state a little bit because they're an interesting team to me. I think they might be a little over ranked. I mean, I know you not only keep up with them, but a lot of people. And then, yes, everybody said she's been calling games for so long. And also does a lot of work with philanthropy. I kind of want to start there. I know I donated for the Frito challenge with special Olympics. How many free throws did you end up making? Well, first of all, that is a great place to start with me because if you're going to know anything about me, you really do need to understand something about my background and that is that my husband and I have been married for 30 years. We have three boys. All of them are in somehow or some shape or form underneath the antonelli scholarship plan still. But my middle son, Frankie, has down syndrome and he is a full-time graduate of Clemson life and their program that they have for students with intellectual disability. And he had a full college experience. He was a special Olympic athlete still is in a very good athlete and special Olympics is really important to me and our family. So I created 24 hours, nothing but net. And I appreciate your donation and your support in four years, we have raised over $635,000 for special Olympics. I never thought I'd get to point something million, but now I see 1 million in sight. And I'm working every day to stay in shape. I do get AARP mail. And so it's a daunting challenge to make a hundred free throws on the top of every hour for 24 straight hours, but I'm conditioned and fitness to do that. And my four year average from the free throw line is 93%. So I think I'm doing okay so far. That's definitely better than I think at my peak of life. A lot of people don't do much at 93%, though that's so impressive, Debbie. Let me ask you this for those who want to get in and want to find a way to support special Olympics, those that play with disabilities. What's the easiest way that we can do that? I feel like this is not a conversation that we have enough. And so if you just want to support you want to get active, you want to invest. How can you do that? Where do you start? Yes, thank you for bringing that up because there are lots of populations that need a little more and are underrepresented. And you know, I'm trying to empower this community because it's mattered so much to our family. But you can donate to 24 hours NBN dot com and if you gave me a penny for every free throw I make, it's just $24. It will go directly to help the athletes train and organize and compete. But if you are not if you don't want to make a donation and you want to get involved, just go to your local rec department and ask them where special Olympics is and you can get involved and you can volunteer and you can donate your time and you can help significantly help train and help an athlete get organized and there's a big socialization to it as well that people with intellectual disability do need friends and it's important to do it and through sport as we all know is such an incredible vehicle for doing all those things that we've all taken advantage of in our lives with sport. For sure. Debbie, was there a live stream while you were shooting any of these free throws? Oh yeah. The whole thing is live streamed and I probably pre taped 50 interviews before we even get to that day. I pre taped interviews with 15 special Olympic athletes all around the country. Those are by far the most inspiring stories, but this year we did up our celebrity list a little bit, Robin Roberts, coach Josh. I always get the South Carolina davo dawn, you know, Brad Brown alamanda butler, Shane beamer, the football coach of South Carolina. So we have upped our list, Ernie Johnson from TNT and Turner. We're doing pretty well. And bringing some names and then we had some live Jim nantz came live in the driveway with me and so I think at first we live streamed it from the beginning, but I didn't take advantage of the live stream production elements because honestly I didn't know if I could do it if anyone would give and who would want to watch me shoot free throws for 24 hours. But we're finding over four years that our audience is growing. The number of donors are growing and it's having an immediate impact on the athletes. So it's not even about the free throws. It is about making a difference in the lives of the special Olympic athletes that need a little bit more and need some help and thankfully through our platform. We've been able to raise a lot of money. It's so beautiful. Honestly. And so thank you for sharing that. And if you guys are listening, please donate. Look to get involved because this community needs to be built and it needs to be bigger. Debbie, I'm a huge advocate for giving people their flowers while they are here. And so recently saw that you were inducted into women's basketball Hall of Fame this past summer. Someone that normally emcees that event and now given your flowers and inducted. So first of all, congratulations, yes, all snacks. Thank you. But what did that mean to you to go from one side of, you know, seeing these great people inducted into this and then your name being on the list? Well, I am a member of the board for almost 20 years. So I have shared many stories of many greats that have gotten in and it's usually about winning and about numbers and about the best of the best. And I never really thought that would be me. Robin Roberts and Mimi Griffin are two announcers that are also in this contributors like myself. So after 35 years, it certainly is a nice validation.