Listen: WNBA, Dan Atrocity Doina Bonner Brittany And Phoenix discussed on The Lead
"Also a lexus Schuyler Diana in Brittany this sounds like the WNBA big three. Which is something. We've seen a lot of in the NBA and the NBA. This has happened in part because you know this is a League of Superstars. And you need super teams to win championships. Right like just having one superstar player is not enough anymore. I would argue. It's what we're seeing happen in the WNBA right now like you think of the lead the W itself. It's so small you know there's not. There's not a lot of teams. There's not a lot of roster spots you have to build a super star studded powerful team to be able to have a chance at a top seed going into the playoffs you see it with the Seattle storm in sue bird and Brianna Stewart Stewart with the cut. Your belly. Sparks are trying to get the same thing you're nice pass by candace. Parker squeezes it home. Plus the fact the Connecticut Sun Getting Dewana Bonner. It's all these teams you think. Wow these these are a lot of stars here. But that's what you need to kind of survive with so few spaces in the postseason and the reason this is all happening is because the new WNBA collective bargaining agreement. Raise the salary cap by thirty percent. And there's just so much more money teams can now spend on free agents correct. Yeah and you saw that with Schuyler coming to Phoenix as well as Brittney. Griner getting resign there now at the new. Max Ray of two hundred and fifteen thousand dollars. Which is you know a pretty big increase. It's like what we saw in the NBA. Twenty sixteen were. They had just signed a new deal as well. Their salary cap went up more than thirty percent. And you suddenly had stars like Lebron James and Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard getting these. These bonkers deals because teams could now afford to pay them. Yeah I haven't been around for a lot of the agencies but this by far has been the most exciting one The new CBA definitely has something to do with that. The first day I think there were at least fifteen players either getting re signed or traded away or you know some deal being done so at the very star. It just opened with news alert after news alert of of players. Either going somewhere or resigning with their team will so Alexis. The national conversation at the moment is that the mercury now have the WNBA first big three but fads in Phoenix are like wait a minute we already had a big three in two Rossi Greiner and Dewana Bonner. Yeah it was kind of funny seeing Schuyler and Diana and Brittany marketed as the big three Knowing that you know Doin' one has been here and you know Doin' is won multiple championships with the team. You know all three of them. Dan Atrocity doina Bonner Brittany griner one that last championship in two thousand fourteen together. Congratulations the two thousand fourteen. Wnba champion Phoenix Mercury presented by boost. Mobile I was kind of smirking to myself. Just seeing that but You know an offer nece Douarnenez a tough player and plays really hard on the court but she is probably one of the more quieter of the old the big three so seeing how Schuyler has been kind of in the spotlight for quite a while. It didn't shock me that it was being presented that way team. Chemistry is so important in basketball. How do you think Schuyler Dick Smith will fit in with Diana Terachi and Brittney griner and the rest of this mercury team and like like? How good is this back court GONNA BE? Oh It's going to be scary. Good I I'm never one no matter what the situation is to count out Dan atrocity Just in general so you know you pair her with Skyler and then you know you see Britney waiting under the basket and it's like you never know what could happen right but chemistry wise. You know they play together on team. Usa there around each other Brittany griner in Schuyler were in the same draft class. You know. They're they aren't strangers by any means so I think. Of course you know with any movements. They'll be kind of you know some time to really know how the team operates and kind of see the game plan within the team itself. But you know they're all stars. They're all great players so I don't see it really taking that long to adjust. Also what's Phoenix Game? Plan going into the season. After this extremely busy off season I think Phoenix is really looking to bolster their depth and their bench and really try to just build a team around. What works you know for so long. Vowels Danot Rossy while they're not in rebuild mode I think they are looking to the future. How can we get younger? How can we grow and add pieces? Aside from the draft you know players who have experienced in the W. B. More physical be more aggressive have that playmaking ability that they looked for in Schuyler also given this new agreement this past off season this free agency period and all of this new real investment in women's Basketball. Does this trade signal a new era in the WNBA? I would like to think it does right. It creates kind of a newfound excitement for people who are new fans of the League. Maybe he just started watching last season they didn't get a chance to see Dan atrocity play. They didn't get a chance to see. You know sue bird in. Seattle. Some of these superstars. Fats the League markets had to sit out so now with all these movements and with these stars coming in and joining teams like the Mercury. I do think it will create a newfound excitement and kind of catapult the W MBA into more mainstream media like we've seen at the tail end of Twenty nineteen and this off season. Well thank you so much for joining us. Alexis enjoy that dry heat in Phoenix. How thank you thank you for having me? I will try to survive it. Till the upcoming season you can read. Alexis manzanares coverage of the Phoenix Mercury at the athletic dot com. Here are some other stories. We're following at the lead. Manchester City played. Its First Champions League game since being banned from the competition for the next two seasons and they got a big win. The ball city came from behind to beat European powerhouse. Real Madrid two to one in Madrid. Giving them an excellent shot at making the quarterfinals with Liverpool on pace to win the primer league and Man City banned from the Champions League beginning this summer. This year's competition is really all the Star. Studded team has to play for and according to some betting outlets. They're currently the favorites to win it all. Meanwhile Maria Sharapova announced her retirement on Wednesday right unquote tennis. I'm saying goodbye. In an essay that ran in vogue and Vanity Fair Sharipova first emerged as a star in two thousand four. When she defeated Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final at the age of seventeen the thirty two year old finishes her career with five Grand Slam singles titles during nineteen years as a professional player. Sharipova who has fallen to three hundred seventy third and the WTO rankings was eliminated from the Australian Open in the first round last month. Thanks for listening. If you like our show please remember to subscribe from wonder and the athletic. I'm under Scotto. And I'm the Davidson see tomorrow.."