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A highlight from Winsidr Show - The Champ is here! (ft James Wade)
"Episode of win cider show, email us, info at win sider dot com. It is an honor to welcome the defending head coach. I don't know if defending is too early or not, but congratulations to head coach last GM, James wade coach. Have you come down off of like cloud 9 or where are you right now and have you had any time to reflect on the amazingness that's transpired over the last two or three days? Well, I'm currently still in Chicago, you know, doing it. Doing exit meetings and you know, and just doing a lot of stuff around, you know, just Chicago, Scott stuff, and just close an out of season, I guess the stuff that you do to finish off the season. So I mean, I guess you could say I'm on cloud 9 hasn't really hit me yet. The way that I think it still kind of all. And I'm not as much in all of the championship as I am in awe of the turnout yesterday for the rally and parade. It was amazing. It was an experience that I've never experienced before. And to see all the support from the city and how many people showed up, you know, in the middle of a work week, it was just absolutely off the charts. What are the cool things that I saw was supposedly there was like in elementary school that was a long the parade path. And I think a teacher or somebody from the school or somebody who was there because I wasn't there, unfortunately. Said that the whole school came out and it was just an amazing moment for these kids to sit there and be able to see that and be part of it. I just thought that was so special. But hearing you talk about how special that was, I have to ask, this isn't your first championship that you've been a part of. How did this experience? Obviously, you're the head coach, right? So it probably hits home a little bit better. But I just have to ask because I feel like I would be an idiot not to ask, how do American championship celebrations compare to when you're in Russia and you guys win? It's a little different, I guess, you know, we customarily do the parade and here in the states and, you know, it's more, you know, a more organized, I guess, rally parade or whatever you want to call it the count of close off the season. I think there you really, really go hard after you win a championship and then, you know, the rest of it is, I guess, when you. Get to the airport, you have the fans there and everybody has flowers for you and it's a big, you know, like a big deal, but it's when you arrive at the airport, you know? And then you have something a little more intimate with the team. Like a big party, either at the end of the year, or at the beginning of the next year. So that's normally how we do it. Because normally, at the end of the over seizure, everybody's rushing out to get to the WNBA. So you don't really have enough time. But the next year is what they do it. And the new players, they kind of profit from being from being, you know, and I guess in the presence of the winners of the year president. Well, that's an interesting aspect because obviously WNBA players, they got to get overseas because that's already started or is about to start. So sometimes people talk negatively about having these parades or celebrations so soon after. But I got to think that's a positive, you know, you're still riding the high of that victory. You guys are just still in that mode. I mean, how special was it to have, you know, I've seen before, right when the mystics won what two, three seasons ago, they had to delay their parade until the next season started kind of like what you were saying, how special was it that you guys were able to do that and still be together and really live in that moment together? For me, I thought it was amazing because, you know, this is first time for a franchise. And so it was everybody was so excited and so stoked and just, you know, we were so focused doing this run. I promise I've never seen a team like a collective unit is focused as we were. And so locked in, like, throughout the entire process, to see everyone kind of relax and let their hair down and kind of like just all let go and just it was nice. And I knew that everyone wanted to be a part of it because, you know, to be locked in for so long and not let their guards down for so long for, you know, for practically a moth was amazing. So let's real quick recap for anyone who's lived under a rock for the past, but like 2010 days, 15 days, whatever. Underrated, by the way, is game one was a blowout also. Not enough talk. Everyone talks about game three, right? You win by 36. Game one, you win 91 77. You go to game two. You lose 91 86 and over time that was a crazy intense game. Game three was just like we'll get to it. 50 to 86 complete blowout and then you seal the victory and take home the hardware with an 80 to 74 win in regulation. And our show is all about giving y'all the respect that you deserve and talking about the basketball. Now this is a championship celebration, victory lap episode, so obviously we're going to have a little more fun with it. But I have to ask because I kept seeing this on social media and from people who are much wiser when it comes to basketball than I when they kept talking about how impressed they were with what you did as a coach with adjustments and game planning throughout the whole playoffs and specifically in this series. And I was just wondering, we're not going to go like, oh and game one with four minutes left. You called this play out of a time out. Because that's a little bit too much. But what I do want to ask is kind of, you know, how you adjusted in between games and how you prepared before game one because it's a very interesting chess match. And I'm just, we've spoken about this before. I'm so intrigued by it because, you know, if you win by a couple, you know, do you adjust your game plan a lot? When you win by a ton, do you go, well that obviously works. Let's do that again. And I'm just so curious. Going into the series, what did you think the keys were and what were some adjustments that you're willing to share? I know you don't want to give the secret sauce out. But what are some adjustments and things that kind of you and the coaching staff did throughout the series that you think helped you guys be successful? What we really had a chance to really study their games that they played against Las Vegas, got a chance to really study their games against us and regular season and we, you know, we saw things that hurt us and we pretty much identified their, you know, their identity early, I guess. And we didn't want them to beat us with their identity. So I think the thing is is that we wanted them to beat us in a way that they want used to be in the sand, try to put them in those kind of uncomfortable situations. And you know, I thought I coaches put together a great game plan and taught it well and our players say they paid attention to it and we're really locked in. I really thought that each game or each series beforehand got us ready for the next series.
A highlight from Courtside 52: The Chicago Sky Are WNBA Champions
"Gave Bieber him and we are here courtside on the her hoop stats podcast network to chop it up, Gabe. Wow, the season is completed. The Chicago sky did it. In four games, I think we predicted that, but the Chicago sky won it all. Yeah, we predicted that on a show that I messed up the recording of us, no one saw that. But we were right. Oh. Well, I just remember saying it. We both said it in four. Yeah, we did. We set Chicago for both of us. Although I did think I did think things was going to take it to 5, like truly, I thought that was going to happen. And up until the fourth quarter, I was looking good, I was looking good because there were 9 points and they lost the fourth quarter 26 to 11 boy. Oh boy. Boy. I mean, I hate using this word. And I don't. I don't believe in like clutching or any of this, but did Phoenix choke. I don't know. I don't like, I mean, you know, I've told you time and time again, just being in games is a player in a coach, like just how the momentum can automatically shift and that's what happened mister Chicago. I mean, I think they felt the energy in the building. Winchester arena was rocking and they just caught on to that vibe and didn't look back. And it's always tough on the road. So I don't think there was like a collapse or, you know, a folding in of Phoenix, per se. I think it was more that Chicago laid it down. Like they were just like, this is this is our game. This is our moment. We're going to do it. It's now or never. We don't want to go back to Phoenix and have to try to close out on the road. Let's make it tough for them. And I think it was the defense too. I mean, we're talking about the run that they went on to get back into the game and win it. But it was because of their defense. And it was their defense in game three. It was, you know, they just did so many things right. Down the stretch in terms of their overall execution on both sides. So did Phoenix miss like all 5 players missile down the stretch like Diana taurasi said? Yeah. Was that a shock? Yeah. Some of them are wide open, though. Some of them are wide open, though, but I think it was the buildup of that moment that had them maybe they did collapse a little bit and some of those moments. They did. I'm just going to go with yes. Sorry for processing my entire thought. No, no, no, no. I think it was half and half. I think some of it was Chicago feeling, it was their time to strike, but then it was also Phoenix playing not to lose. No, I think that's the best way to put it. I don't think they choked, I don't know so know what I mean by that. I just think they did collapse because I think they just have a lot of pressure on them. And I think when you have that pressure, they were kind of forced. They weren't forced to. They thought they were forced to move faster. They thought they had to rush some of those layups. And a lot of them, like you mentioned. Tough looks. So they miss this is a tough stat. Phoenix was two of ten on shots from within 5 feet in the fourth quarter. They were three of 18 overall. They missed our last 11 shots of this game. Oh man, tough look. Tough little for our gals in Phoenix. But there was a lot of tough shots there. Those shots within 5 feet, there was plenty of hands. There are sometimes where, I mean, I think one of them like Brianna Turner was under the basket tried to get out of the basket. There's not one where she would just move in a little too fast on the alley oop and the alley was just just a tiny bit and those sorts of execution things, hey, maybe you can overcome it when you're calm in the second quarter. In the fourth quarter, when you're moving fast and you're thinking, you know, we got to put this away or whatever is in your mind, it becomes a little tougher. So it was a mix like you mentioned. I think there was poise from Chicago, but definitely a lack of poison from Phoenix. And I understand why they were so upset after the game. I would have liked to have them do media or at least what I really would have done was just let us know you're not going to do it. We showed up. Did you just let us know, hey. We're not going to do it today, because we're heartbroken. And I think everyone understand. But regardless, I do understand why they were so heartbroken because it was there. It was there for the taking and they didn't take it. But let's talk about Chicago. I'm in Chicago. I don't know. I don't know how to put this team because they were so they did not have this in the regular season. This sort of energy, this sort of buzz, this sort of poise. But I think did you always feel like they had it in them? I think so, I mean, when you look at the ebbs and flows of the Chicago sky season, you know that one in 8 moment at the beginning, you know, without cannabis Parker and Alec we glow on the floor. But then after the break. I mean, I think you saw some flashes of what we thought this team could be. When they're all healthy. And down the stretch, they kind of hit a little bit of, I don't know. They hit a little bit of a speed bump in terms of that momentum that they had gained after the Olympic break started. But for me, I mean, just looking on paper, yeah, that's combustible. If that, at that all, is on the same page on the same day? That's a problem. And that's what happened. They were all on it on the same day. And they each starred in their role. And I know that that's a little cliche to say, but when you know what your role is for the team. So credit James wade on that. This is what we need from you. This is what we need from you. And he went down the line and told these player that they had to do specific things. And they did that to the best of their ability and that's why they have The Crown. And a hell of a coaching effort from James White. Yes. I mean, Stanley brownell is a really good coach in this league. Obviously. And he completely dominated the matchup. The coaching matchup, completely dominated. I think his calls were perfect, I think he knew exactly how sandy was going to react what she had in her bag to combat what they were doing and he hit the every single time they hit the variation of the play that would work. And I'm not going to give all the credit to James wakes a lot according to a lot of Ali quickly. A lot of just having players who know how to play with each other and know where to know understand basketball to just be able to flow and play randomly and still get into good sets. And they have a lot of great sets that they run all the time. But they also just kind of flow into things and understand where each other is going to be. And it was beautiful. It was beautiful basketball. To watch, and I think we've been really, really lucky in these past few years to see teams that played this style. Yeah. And I'm not, this is a good stylist a question because I forget who tweeted it, and I'm sorry. But someone was tweeting that this is the now the third the fourth. The third straight champion to play a 5 out system. Right? In Chicago, I think took it even a little further than Seattle did last year and Washington did the year before. And Seattle did beer before. So for sure. So I think they took a little further. Do you think this is kind of what you need to win now? Do you need to be a 5 out team to win a championship? I think so. I mean, that's what the game on all levels is coming to, right? I think everybody is going to have to be able to stretch the floor. I think that's what, you know, the international flavor has tapped into the game here. And I think that it's beautiful. Like you said, to be able to see the flexibility, the versatility of so many players. And you're not just, you know, if you're 6 three and above, you're on the block. Like, no, like, I would love to play in a 5 hours. I know. You want to have. So I was like, I was thinking, like, Christie would be, she'd be killing it right now. This is her game.
A highlight from 10/19/21 - The Chicago Sky: Your 2021 WNBA Champions!
"Kyle Haywood. I'm joined tonight by the one and only Jason snow Jason how's it going, my man. I am doing so good. That final series was so much fun. I'm glad it came down to a tight game after game three. It would have just been sad to end on that type of a note. I loved the competitiveness. I am ready to talk about it. It was so much fun. How are you doing, Kyle? I'm great, man. I was super sad. I actually, I had the worst planning of my life. I actually I surprised my wife with a trip for our fall break. Her 30th birthday is the 19th. So I figured, hey, we got fall break. I was gonna surprise her with this little trip. And not thinking I was like, oh, no, we'll be gone for just a couple days. Didn't realize that in the I like in the moment that not only did I schedule this right over the finals, but literally our plane was taking off at the beginning of the fourth quarter of game four with Chicago up two to one in the series and Chicago making a comeback and our plane takes off. And I was so frustrated I had to turn off my phone and I'm looking around and the TV little monitor that was on the chair back in front of me wasn't working. So I leaned over and tried my wives and luckily, hers was working, and I could actually pull up ESPN and watch the game. So while we were sitting on the runway and literally as the plane was taking off, like going up into the air like coming off the runway, was the moment when Chicago sealed the deal and was celebrating. So that I was like, you know, you've got kind of like lean back with the G force on you a little bit as you're climbing up into the sky. That was happening to me as the Chicago sky revealing the victory. So it was literally the worst timing because if that wasn't like if I wasn't able to get it on that screen, I would have had to make the entire two hour flight, not having any idea who won the WNBA finals. It was the worst planning ever on my part and I'm so excited. I'm so excited that we get to talk about it. But Jason, we can officially congratulate the Chicago sky 2021 WNBA champions clap it up all day long. So excited, really completing one of the more interesting storylines to a championship that we've seen in a while. You know, I think that obviously the big storyline is Candace Parker returning to a kind of her hometown team. You could say going back to Chicago and bringing them their first championship. And then also, you know, you've got Ali quigley being a Illinois native as well. Copper coming from literally two seasons ago being pretty much unknown to Finals MVP. Like, what an absolute run. That was just an absolute ride of storylines. Jason, I'm just curious for you, what stands out the most in your mind when you're going to look back and reflect on the Chicago sky championship run. I'll give you two and for different reasons. The one that I think is going to is perhaps the most significant and could change what we think about going forward into the future is the Chicago sky where a number 6 seed. They had a fairly underwhelming regular season compared to expectations for them. What we saw in the playoffs was the Chicago that we all expected when I picked them to win. I know at least one of our other hosts picked them to win. I think all of us had them in the top three or four. We saw Chicago, but they had an underwhelming season and to me, hopefully this triggers a look from the league into the playoff structure, because I think there's two big things. Number one is it's so surprising because of how stacked the playoffs are against lower speeds, which I think we need to look at that, but also the fact that two thirds of teams make it into the playoffs. And obviously Chicago ended up winning it, but they were in the bottom half of the bracket coming into it. And so reevaluating the way we do playoffs and how many teams make it and the way that we determine what teams make it. I think might be an important thing coming out of this because it was a shocking approach. So that's one thing. Now the storyline that's gonna last that people are gonna remember forever is Candace Parker calling her shot. She's gonna go home and get Chicago title. What does she do? She goes home and get Chicago title. The Babe Ruth pointing to the fence line, you call your shot that goes down as legend and I think that this will that is what this finals is gonna be remembered by ten, 15, 20 years from now when we're still running the show. That's what we're going to be talking about with the 2021 finals. Yeah, I would agree with that, I think that's kind of the bigger the big storyline. I do think that copper winning MVP of the finals is massive because prior to 2020, nobody was talking about her. She had a kind of a breakout season in 2020, really came on strong. But even then wasn't getting a ton of publicity and still like crazy
A highlight from 10/15/21 - 2021 WNBA Playoffs Game 3 Preview
"Another final edition of the show. We are through the first two games. The first tour in Phoenix is done and dusted. We head to the windy city for game three. In front of a packed out winter crowd, which apparently is going to include the obamas, which is kind of sick. But we're obviously gearing in for that. I'm Steve Schwartzman. I'm here with producer extraordinaire Jason snow. Jason hoppy. It is fantastic Steve. I missed most of the game Sunday obviously, I've watched a good majority of it now. But just sitting down and watching that game last night was so much fun. I'm so hyped for these two teams. And I really think that a lot of times when you get to this situation, the game three, it's obviously important because then obviously you've got the winner go home, but I think this game actually means more than the average game three. And we'll get into that. But I'm so excited Friday night's gonna be fun. And yeah, I'm having a good time. How are you doing, Steve? Oh, I'm swell. This was a really fun night, the most recent, of course, basketball. You know, the finals is always a good time. But this year is so packed with stories and narratives and moments and then just as soon as you think you've caught on to all those stories and moments, selfie Cunningham and Colleen copper are like, but talk about this. Which we're gonna dive into as we hit game two because they became my favorite thing to watch. But as we hit on, we have two finals games to dive into. That all said, I do want to really quick give a shout out. We want to mainly make this a review for the finals. But we did have some awesome news coming in. Congratulations to Nisha rights. The new head coach of the Atlanta dream. Of course danisha, most recently in assistant on the ASUS staff, a 14 year WNBA veteran was the starting guard for the 2010 champion storm. This is a coach who's going to come in with a ton of player perspective has gotten co signing from all kinds of greats seems to be someone who is going to connect really well with this dream roster that really needs a player centric coach. Very, very excited for this hire. I think this is going to be end up being a very, very strong one for the dream. What are any immediate thoughts you had on the higher Jason? Yeah, obviously, I think that Atlanta is a big job and there's a lot to work to be done there. We're going to go through once we hit off season whenever that comes up on us, depending on how long the series lasts. We'll go into more of some of the culture issues going on with the dream right now. That being said to bring in someone from an organization who is putting together winning seasons regularly, obviously is a big, you know, it's a big opportunity for the dream to try to get some wins to try to change some things. So I'm curious to see this is obviously the first of what I think are going to be several off season moves for the dream. But I think it's a good one. I think that this has a lot of promise and it'll be exciting to see tanisha, she takes on this role of head coach, how she's able to fare. 100%. I mean, I think the argument is definitely their being able to coach under the tutelage of that beer, so as a plus and I think there's a lot of hype coming in for this because a lot of people are connected with this individual and know exactly their lady blue flame in our in our chat here on Twitch, which checks that live on Twitch. If you have it yet, if you're listening to this on the pod feed where we tend to do these lab on the Twitch feed and we would love to have some extra time with you. But makes the point that obviously Atlanta has a lot of questions from here. This is not a cure all. You know, one of the next big questions, what is the dream of the deal with Kennedy Carter? What's the fallout going to be with moving on from Courtney Williams and company? How's the restructuring of this roster? You're going to look, is ownership investments still going to stay strong. There's a lot of questions for the dream to answer, but they address the need which technically is an over yearlong need because their last tire was technically interim, but they answered a yearlong need of head coach and it really feels like it's a positive one. That said, Jason before we jump into the games really quick, would you like to give us a quick run down, let everyone know where they can find the show and how to connect with us. Absolutely, Steve, if you want to watch the show live, you can do so on Twitch that's twitch.tv slash WNBA nation. We record all of our episodes live on there so you can interact with us. There are some comments and really just enjoy the show in a whole new way. As always,
A highlight from Winsidr Show - Finals GM2 Reaction
"You called over time. You called a four point game. I very much so. So you were off, let's be clear. It was 5 point game. No, I'm messing with you. I said three point game in regulation. You said four point game in overtime. I got to give you props 5 point game in overtime. What a game the excitement was there. I mean, this game literally had it all. Let's start off with the controversies, right? Controversy number one. Yeah. Controversy number one, diamond is shields three points shot, three pointer, taken back, which was a huge blow, shots of Eric McCall. If you are not on social media on Twitter, I don't know how you know about this podcast, but I would say also make sure you're following all the WNBA players, especially Eric McCall a player who started her own podcast recently want to give a shout out to that. It's all about living the overseas life, but also watching WNBA players live tweet games has become one of my favorite things ever and we don't see it as much during the regular season. So I really appreciate it here. But she had a tweet that was like, that rescinding the three point shot by diamond changed the game more than, honestly, any of the other, you know, controversial aspects. I will say this. You know, Ari chamber shots are chambers, big friend of the pod, the WNBA is so important. She had a tweet where it was like a screenshot of the play when diamond shot it. And I think that we are being misled because, you know, something that I always harp on is the production value of a WNBA game. When you watch an NBA game or a different professional sports league, there's multiple camera angles. They zoom in on the player after a big shot to see their celebration. You know, the shot clock, the time, the scores, all those things are accurate. We don't get that in WNBA games as ridiculous as that sounds. Like there was a point where it was a one point lead for Chicago. I want to say it was like, you know, 76 to 60. I forget, maybe it was 60 60 and it was 59. The point is is on the scoreboard in the game if you're watching a game on ESPN, it's said that it was a tie game, and I'm looking at the stats online at ESPN and the online says that the sky have a one point lead. And it took about three minutes for them to correct that. The mercury eventually go on that run. So a struggle to say, hey, let's look at the camera, you know, the recording and say there was time left on the clock. Do I trust the refs, you know, when they went back and looked at it? Yes. Do I think that it's suspicious? And if you're a Chicago sky fan or one of those people who believe in the conspiracy theories that the league is going to do everything they can to extend this series, that just feeding fuel to the flame, what was your thoughts on that? And then we can get into the dinosaur shove and the clea copper choke hold. And the diet Rossi like fallout roll over out of bounds and look like the oldest person I've ever seen. Playing professional basketball, shot to Nancy Lieberman. Yeah, what are your thoughts on all this? Nancy Lieberman. Oh, that was funny. Yeah, I mean, I'm still at a point. I feel like today, you know, we're recording this the morning after. And I'm still like my head's like, what the hell happened? Are you still buzzing 'cause I don't know if you can tell them, but I'm like, what happened last night? I feel like I blacked out. I'm not gonna lie. It was the most bizarre game. I had ever seen, and I kept sitting here thinking it feels like Chicago should be up ten right now. And I would like be watching, and I'd look down at the score, and I'd be like, but they're up too, or Phoenix is up one. I don't understand like what I was seeing on the court wasn't translating to the score. It felt very weird. And then you had all these strange moments that, you know, we're going to talk about, but in terms of the diamond dis shields three, you know, I'm going to be honest, it comes back to me. You don't get a whole lot of view at that, right? You don't get a whole lot of analysis as a person watching it from an outsider's perspective. So I can't really speak to that. Like I said, I guess I chalked it up to I thought it was really late. It was the next timeout. We had gone to break. Everyone's getting their dreams. It feels like three time outs later. Yeah, like all of a sudden I'm like, they're like, oh, that diamond shield's three, and I remember thinking, that was like ten minutes ago. We're reviewing that now. I felt like it was really late. And that was the only reaction I have. I was like, oh, we're doing that right now. Okay. But I guess I didn't put a whole lot of analysis and it myself and I didn't see on social media. I really tried to be into the game. But I have not seen any of those still shots or anything. I'll have to check those out. But the still shots do not do the refs, any favors. Let's put it down. I'll have to check that out once we are on this, or once we get done with this. I guess I just put enough, I just let it be what it was going to be. I trusted the refs in that situation. Now that poses a whole new question, there are moments in the game where I was like, what? Phoenix is getting every call right now. Every single call. And I'm being honest, you know, I wanted Phoenix to win. Not because I have a favorite or whatever, but I just wanted my prediction to be right. So I found myself being like, oh my God, this is insane that and I don't want it to end, right? I want this to be stretched out. You don't want it to go fine. I want it to go 5. So I just felt like Phoenix would actually play better than what they played. I don't think they played well at all yesterday. But it man, it really felt like the refs were on their side. You literally had a sense that there was like we want to try and stretch this out as long as we can as well. Rachel is just feeding into all the toilet. I mean, like no, Rachel, I completely respect what you're saying and it's a legitimate cause and complaint or cause in the right word. James Wayne brought it up, you know, the discrepancy, a little thing, and we were talking about this before the show and I said, you know what? Forget this. Let's just hop in, right? This is WNBA finals. We don't need to edit this. We don't need to censor our thoughts. I agreed. You know, like there was definitely points where it was just like, are they just and here's the thing. I think what we saw was the refs and I know James wade will fire back on this and say, what are you talking about? Let them play type game.
A highlight from 2021 WNBA Finals Are Underway
"Of your favorite women's basketball podcast, ESPNW is around the rim. I am with China Robinson. Joined by my fantastic fabulous producer Tariq of foster bradsby. I'm actually going to say that twice in this episode, so he's lucky. I'm going to introduce her later on when our special guest join us, just so you know, on the show, we will have the one and only I don't even know fantastic is grand enough of a word to describe her. Monica mcnutt, who, to me, is a generational talent and all sport. Not just a woman's basketball, just in all sport. As a media personality, as an analyst, as a reporter, she is phenomenal. And she's going to join our show to talk about game one. That's right. That's the headliner is that the WNBA finals are happening now. Game one was on Sunday in Phoenix. Chicago sky one game one, 91 to 77. And it had a lot to do with the balance of the sky. 6 players in double figures, including Stephanie dolson with 14 who was 6 for 8 from the field, pulling Britney grinder out of the paint Chicago shot 53% from the field, 35% from long range. They had wow. 19 points also mercury turnovers. No, mercury did have 24 points off of Chicago turnovers as well. But it was the second quarter where Chicago went on a 17 O run, picked up the pace and basically ran Phoenix out of gas, making excuses for Phoenix on this podcast, but they were exhausted. They had just played Friday night and Vegas. In a very emotional game 5 to even get to the finals. And they had to turn around and play 12 o'clock local time on Sunday. So anyway, and also Phoenix can selfie Cunningham back. There have been a little bit shorthanded. They were out Sophie Cunningham without kid nurse. We'll see if fatigue is an excuse or not on Wednesday for getting two, but back to Chicago because they have earned this moment. They look incredibly ready for a big final run. I mean, the way they looked on Sunday, they could sweep. Copper had 21 and ten. If you have not heard the name, Kali copper, she's a star. And she was fantastic. All of her athleticism was on display. We'll get to her a little bit later on the show, but there's just no one like her in these finals. I don't think there's anyone really like her the league. We were talking talking to Sue bird about this on set. We are fortunate enough to have suburban Carolyn pick on our studio set for finals and I said, well, she reminds me a little of Marie Ferdinand for my old school WNBA folks. Sue said she reminded her of angel mccaul tree, which is a huge compliment. Long story short, you get the gist. She can blow by you. She can knock down the three, which is different from what angels game gave you. But copper is phenomenal. Candace Parker, her defense was outstanding. She had 16 points, 8 rebounds, three assists with 7 for ten, but she picked up several offensive fouls on Phoenix Suzanne. We'll get into that later. And her leadership on the Chicago sky team is, wow. Very impressive. And the reason why they're here. Courtney van der sloot had 12 points 11 assists 5 rebounds at zero turnovers. The first player in WNBA finals history with a ten ten and 5 game with zero turnovers. Ali quickly had 18 points as ray Stevens, yet also in double figures with ten points in 8 rebounds. Wow, Stevens is having quite the return coming off of a couple of shaky first few years in her career due to injury. She's been healthy and playing at a very high level under the mentoring of Candice Parker. So, yeah, that's pretty much it for game one. All the Phoenix side, she petty started off hot once again for Phoenix. She had 9 in the game, played some solid defense, Brianna Turner had 7 points, 9 rebounds, three assists, got more comfortable as the game went on. I thought that she gave Candace Parker some early looks that were a little shocking. I was like, wait, is Phoenix just gonna let came to shoot jumpers, but I think we'll see a different defense from Breonna Turner and game two. Not that that's gonna stop Candace Parker. 20 points for Britney gruner, but set it for 15. I think many of us would love to see Britney get 25 shots. She is, to me, the player that's most unguardable when playing at her highest level in these finals, she had 6 rebounds, four personal fouls, three assists, there was a little bit mixing up of defense on BG, but to me, she just got to be more demanding of the ball and really create problems for Chicago's defense. Scholar dig Smith 15 points, I'll get into a little bit of what I want to see from Skylar in game two later in the show. Diana had 17, but had 6 turnovers and 5 personal vows. Diaz got to be better and I'm sure she'd be the first to say that. She seemed very frustrated after game one during game one. Last but not least, the bitch for Phoenix, I thought, really struggled. Kievan was two for 7, had 5 turnovers for personal vows. Bria Harley was one for 8 with 5 points, Megan walker had to play 7 minutes and then a lot of Smith got some minutes, but I feel like it was later after the game had gotten out of hand. Phoenix shot 44% from the field and 47% for long range. So we'll get into a little bit of this with Monica. We also have on the show also Chicago had 48 points in the paint. This is why, later on, you're going to get my hot take of what I think Phoenix needs to do about this 48 points in the paint for Chicago. We're going to have Monica mcnutt come on and talk a little bit about game one. And then we will also have Renee Montgomery just a quick soundbite. She stopped by to talk about the hiring of tanisha Wright. As the new head coach for the Atlanta dream, tanisha enjoyed
A highlight from Courtside 51: WNBA Finals Game 1
"My guy, gave Ibrahim and we are chopping it up about the WNBA finals, one game down, hopefully four more to go Gabe, but game one was a treat. You know, it really was a treat and watching the Chicago team has been a treat. They have so much offensive versatility, just like we do on the courtside podcast because we're out of the host. And Chrissy is the host over here. That's neither here nor there. Not doing plugs right now. Because Phoenix and Chicago, I think this series is going to be much better than it was in game one. So I'm really excited for the rest of the way, but man. Kalia freaking copper. Maybe you can answer this a little better. In the tournament. And I think we talked about this in March patterns in the tournament in the playoffs. Why do players like Kali copper really like, how do they get going so much more than they do in the regular season? I mean, she was great in this regular season I've been wrong, but this level of plague is this level of competition is something that we haven't seen from him. I think that's what you see on all levels in any sport in the postseason when and I don't like saying the others because it's a team game. Yeah, yeah. But you know that the defense is going to key in on certain players. Like it Candace Parker, like a Courtney van der sloot. And, you know, I can Allie quickly. They're going to key in on them and try to take their game away from them. They're sweet spots away from them. But when calling a copper comes in, and she's just so unpredictable with what she's going to be able to do on the court. She's been The X Factor. And I think that's why, you know, you hear Shaquille O'Neal and all those guys in the NBA talking about hey, the others have to step up in the postseason because the other ones like the Candace Parker is the most experienced players. They're schematically going to be taken out of the game sometimes. And taken out of what they do well, but, you know, when you could come in, fly under the radar and be the silent killer for teams. I think that's what copper has done well. I mean, you just don't know how she's gonna hurt you, but you know, she's gonna hurt you. And we've seen that in her in this postseason and, you know, wow, without her, wherever Chicago be, not just in the full season, but down the stretch. I wear what they be right now. And I think just her ability to stay confident, her ability to take the charge from Dwayne, I mean, I'm Dwayne Wade. From James who aide was on the shack thing. I was on the check thing. James wade, I think, you know, he said we need you at your best. And that's all you have to say to some players. Like, you know, and then the switch is on and it stays on. And I think she's taking that to heart and she's proving it gay men and game out. Well, it's funny you mentioned Dwyane Wade because I've been waiting to make a clear copper Dwayne. Way comparison. And try to figure it out 'cause obviously they're very different players. But what I love about both of them is they're so good in the third person on the strong side of the pick and roll. Because that's what Kelly does. She sits in that corner, but often she has a lot of things. She feels the lane great on the break, which is very dangerous, but as a third person in a pick and roll, she just snakes up to three point line, get the ball ripped through right to the basket on the baseline. And that is to me just like indicative of what she does. She does the right play every time. That's a lot of players in Chicago. This is like, if you're supposed to get it and ripped through and get to the basket, she'll do that. If she's supposed to crash the offensive work, a scaly thing and smith's honor. She's gonna do that. She had 5 offensive rebounds in the last game. If she has to fill the lane on a break, she's gonna do that too. So I think yes, she is unpredictable because she's so fast and she can get to spot so much faster than you. So you have no idea how when you're gonna have to leave to go to her. But she's also predictable for the offense in the way that she does exactly what the option calls for her to do. So Kalia is just been unbelievable in these playoffs to an extent that even watching her growth over the last two years wouldn't tell you what happened. And I just am so in awe of her of her performance and how well she's fit. And I think that's really the story for Chicago throughout these plans. When you have a player like that who's fearless and I think that just really fuels the rest of the team, when you see someone just saying, hey, you know what? Forget it. It's time. I'm gonna do my best. So now you can't do less than your best when you see your teammate out there killing it. So it's like, okay, I need to pick up my game. I need to get this job done too. And help her along. And that's what you've seen with Chicago with 24 assists on 36 made shots. I mean, that's just phenomenal. Efficiency number one, but that's just great chemistry. When you're talking about it and, you know, when Courtney vendors load can get a double double, you know, she's always been efficient, obviously leading the league and assists, but she had 11 assists, gave in zero turnovers. I mean, who does that? Number one, and any game, but in the finals. Like, that's just that's just mesmerizing to me. And she is the one that I think continues to fly under the radar in terms of credit due. Yeah. And what she does for this team in terms of setting the table, she can strike whenever she wants to as a score, but she's going to help the team, whether she's scoring the ball or not, because she's going to put the team in the best situation to score. Whether it's her or her teammates, she knows what to do with the ball. And that's just, you know, that's just, I don't know. You can't say enough about her value to the team. Oh, that way. And so she pushes the page. She just does that. What you're saying? She does everything for this team. But what I love too is like, she just knows. She knows exactly when to do everything too. It's not like she's just out here kind of gun in it because like first play at first her first basket of the game is she comes off to pick and roll. I think it was a Olson setting the screen, she comes off. She hits the mid ranger. Rather than getting to the basket, which she did great in this game rather than passing out maybe to three point shot, which all the analytics tell you, three point shot basket, that's the only shot you should take. She took a mid ranger. Why? Because it's set up everything else the team did throughout the game on the pick and roll. They had to respect her mid ranger to Phoenix did. So Phoenix had to come out and it really opened up the space for either whoever picking and popping in this game of stuff Olson. We have to talk about. And getting to the rim for herself or passing out to that corner.
A highlight from 10/9/21 - 2021 WNBA Playoffs Finals Preview
"To talk about tonight. My name's kyle haywood. I am joined by two of my best friends in the world. Jason snow and steve schwartzman guys. How are we feeling after that game. Five between las vegas and phoenix right. Now how you know that moment in one of the later park season episodes is when they go to the i think when they go to paris and in pain is looking at the bridge from inception and he's just like how am i feeling i'm feeling excited. Feeling a little numb and well-named. That's how i feel. Yeah just like. I've been i rambled so much in our prerecord to the point. People probably never want to hear from me again. Because i couldn't find words to explain what insane for like i say fourth quarter but that was one of the best game. Fives like deciding games in a series i've ever seen. Oh yeah it was fantastic. I we've seen some great playoff playoff matchups in game. Fives or you know elimination games. That was that was intense. Jason what were your. What are your thoughts on that. I was just. I was going to relate it to. I grew up in southern california. And i remember when i finally was like maybe like eleven twelve. Maybe a little bit older. But i i got really into roller coasters and my stepdad took me to magic mountain stand and you wait in line like two hours to go on like the biggest best newest roller coaster and the second you got. That was amazing. Let's get back in line. Like that's how i feel right now. I'm like that game was amazing. All right let's go sunday. Let's do this thing. Like i'm so ready for for this final series. I'm that was amazing. I'm i'm a little bit coming off my high but like this was That was so much fun tonight. It was it was everything that you could like. Ask from these two teams because jason. I we watch the second. Half and steve puffs on for the last Few minutes of the game we watched it live on which we were talking with her. A twitch family here that basically this. This series wasn't a fantastic series until tonight it was. It was a good. You know it was kind of matchups. Three of these five games were blow out for one team or the other and so being able to start off the series with a pretty close game in the finish it as good as you can ask a series to be finished is was just everything and so i was really glad to see. It wasn't just like over by midway through the third quarter and it went right down to the wire. You know literally game clinching. Plays at the end of like with with the clock winding down with less than a second left on. The clock like huge huge. Just a huge game. That was so much fun for everybody. Watch i hope that a lot of people tuned in. I know that. Wnba greiner to rossy like so many wnba terms and players were actually trending on twitter during especially the fourth quarter and so i hope that a lot of people are able to tune in check it out on. Espn two and get as absolutely addicted to the wnba. As as we are as each of you are as you're listening to this show but let's just operate in and talk about this. Game that we just witnessed. We're literally recording this minutes after after zeros. So let's just stop right in and talk. I gotta go to. I had a question that have been really wanted to ask you. Ever since the end of this game who who was the biggest difference maker for the phoenix. Mercury insecure. securing this. W tonight who do you think gets your game ball. If you're awarding the game ball if you're sandy brundle awarding the game. Who gets the game ball. After tonight for phoenix. We'll start either. If either one of you got got an immediate reaction need to hear this.
A highlight from BallCourt - Kyrie and Covid
"Took eighty welcome to the next episode of ball. I am your host code rope and what's happened with kyrie and let me ask you. Are we brawling in wnba. Now right here on ball court. Welcome to ball court. I'm your host coach world. This is the world of basketball and anybody who's been keeping up with. The world of basketball has been known as the absolutely fast paced this week. So i love go heading jumping gonna. We're gonna attack the elephant in the room. What's happening with kyri well early last week. You know we're hearing reports that we may be able to play hall. Get away game. It'd be able to practice when you're on the road and that seemed like that was gonna be a sufficient Visual resolution for the whole career irving situation now who is not familiar with the situation. Let me just briefly explain. Kyrie irving has decided that he's not going to be taking the vaccine he's he's adamant about it. He's not staying do to help musicians or religious reasons. He feels that he should have control over. What's going into his bot now. I could understand that. But with the known vaccine mandates in in a new york and jersey and the whole tristate area is making it very difficult for him to be in a public place. Without being vaccine over. I'll be vaccinated. I do apologize. But i haven't actually so he So he was at the Practice in the park along with the nets and that was real cool. Everything was rea- looking real good. You know a matter of fact. Some liberty players came out shot onto the new york liberty. Some of them came out to watch them doing their thing. But in terms of the worst 'cause as of yesterday the nets gm brooklyn as gm has stained kyrie irving if he is unable to participate in all capability in will not be allowed to practice or play away. Game that means until he is. That's made it. Kyrie irving cannot play any games so what we were looking forward to. And i know that a couple of shows i was telling you about you know the nets gonna be how bad they didn't beat this easier with the big three. We might not be able to see that big three this year it might be kind of reminiscent of old. Okay see team without russell. Westbrook desperate will look at right. Don't get me wrong. I must say kevin durant looking beautiful during the offseason. So with james harden and it pains me a little bit to know that kyrie irvings. Not there this matchup that we've been looking for that. We have been waiting for especially now with the lakers retold and everything just the mvp matchup but right now with kyri out. And i say out indefinitely because we don't know what his mindset is if he's going to turn around and get dykes seen or not but as of right now is not looking like he's gonna be a does not look like he's going to have that back seat. So here's what the new york mets is gonna mess. They're gonna miss better ball him. They're gonna mess up faster pace offense and they're gonna Iq on a level that is second to none as a matter of that he is. Roz clinic raj with like washington to point out and the pacific northwest. Do without that. And i'm telling you brooklyn cannot do without kyri. They may be a formidable team but with defended iskoe champions ended the defendant. Nba champions knocking down there with the mvp of janas on that score it is gonna be very hard very hard for brooklyn go ahead and make that change but we will have to stay there. Watch and see. Hopefully hopefully we could see something happening with kyri shortly. All right i'm gonna go ahead and jump over to the next story and this next story really hurts my heart. 'cause it's about mba devout. Some of our former ea players. Some people that i actually do watch it People that we were very fond of as well. Eighteen former players involved were involved in the health. Care fraud case but the nba. Let me go ahead and give you a brief explanation of what this product says. So eighteen eighteen players were indicted or defrauding the nba's up health and welfare program that they had let me explain this program how it works the way the program would work. Is that this is kind of like the medical healthcare benefit program that was actually helped introduced and founded by another dispenser. Haywood see still opening up doors. It's crazy anyway. So this was proposed introduced by spencer actually bought the have this there on the former players. So you know the medical expenses would help helping taking care of you know. Give a little kickback to people. Who came before us. That's a beautiful thought process. Now here's what the his how it would work if they go to a chiropractor dentist or anything of that nature. They would actually pay the funds. They would submit a claim and they had those funds returned to them. So what was taking place was Former player terrance williams was actually initiated and setting up all claims or these seventy other mba of players former nba players to go ahead and take party and submit these false claims. Now i must say. Because i can't just you know out you'll people in just a few people come about everybody in there but yes glen. Big baby davis was actually One of the people that was named in the in the As well as the bashing tell he's also indicates while and a lot of people my age as well as a little bit younger do remember smashing healthy. Frog lake is the cousin of safar. More berry was new york. Stand out at one point. High school standout came into the league. He didn't make a huge splash. Definitely did make named oneself here played a couple years of league and now is named as being awarded once again. Now there is. I must say good friend of mine as well as a friend of the show will form a guest under shell. Cj watson his name was actually involved in the case as well the level of how deep into the case that he's involved is not disclosed as of yet but this is a ongoing case. The investigation is going. So as you know the story that i give you. We'll be ongoing. Well we'll keep you up to date on the changes. That does take place this but i am hoping for all that is involved that there was this very small amount of money. It was a i recorded. It was only four million that it was the frog l. Taking place as a matter of fact. Terrance williams running got two hundred thirty thousand. That was actually That he actually earned off of this case or offer this of this fraud scam. That was going on so is is kind of weird to me. I don't understand why they would do this. You know these are athletes that hopefully made a decent amount of money in career and hopefully invested or put a waste of money. So when you take in literally taking food out of another player's mouth because of a player happening a genuine plane and now those funds are depleted.
WNBA Playoffs Bracket Is Set, Liberty-Mercury and Wings-Sky Set for Round 1
"Yes we are excited. The wnba playoff start this week in fat. That's the most important thing for you to know that. The playoffs off. Thursday september twenty third with first round single elimination. That means win or go home. Don't forget that about the wnba formats at the first two rounds. Hey if you lose. Your playoffs are over. And we've got to exciting match ups that we're going to get into a later in the show eight o'clock. Pm eastern time. That first game of the double is dallas wings versus chicago sky. The second game is ten. Pm eastern standard time and that is between the new york liberty. oh my god and the phoenix
The Phoenix Mercury Are Looking Unstoppable Going Into the WNBA Playoffs
"Jump into the murk for those. That don't know cyndi lives in arizona now. What part of arizona do you live in sydney. i'm in phoenix. the i am yes. Seventeen minutes away from the footprint center where the mercury play and season ticket holder. So i'm front. Row center as high as i can be and This team is so fun and in the second half post olympic break has taken advantage of every opportunity to flax well there. There's been a lot of albie anatomy to say. There's been a lot of questions out here. I've helped questions around this phoenix mercury. A to start the season. It was like okay. Now diana's mike that's always an issue like every you don't have the argument the best player to ever play on the floor where there's questions so her in and out of the lineup was concern early. Thank goodness she's back now. Shooting a season low from excuse me a career low from the field this year. But if i'm you have diane on the floor you're a better team but then there was like okay. What is going on with the supporting cast. I will start with why sake the mvp the supporting cast has been beyond turner. But we will get into you know everyone outside of the big three in the role they play. That was a concern for me for a while within the big three. Get enough
WNBA Rising Star: Skylar Diggins-Smith
"Sending just a some shoutouts some love to some major performances across the league in performance who are really making their mark at the right time starting with and then we'll talk about her a lot more in this show since we have our cindy brunson will be joining us because she knows all things phoenix mercury but we will talk about one schuyler dig and smith who is not only issue the western conference player of the week. Averaging twenty seven points six assists three steals leading phoenix. To to record she has four straight twenty point performance in his on fire from three point range. Now there's a lot of discussion around. What in the world happening with saudi spit. She has always been an incredible individual performer. And i don't think we give her enough credit to that. Has she made her mark in the wbz play offs and the championship round. No but that's what she is set to do. And by the looks of these numbers she has phoenix on track to really be playing their best basketball at the right
Seattle Storm Visit President Biden, White House to Celebrate 2020 WNBA Title
"The white house the seattle store. Oh my goodness the. Wnba is back at the white house for those of you. That don't know a common practice for championship. Teams here in our united states to be invited to the white house of visit with the president After your crowned the champion well. The wnba was not invited to the white house during our last president's time there and Yeah the previous administration just decided they weren't going invite the wnba to the white house for whatever reasons But we don't care because now joe biden is in the building and seattle storm did get to go to the white house and celebrate their championship. So that was really
Stefanie Dolson Reflects on Gold Medal Victory
"Have the one and only big mama steph on this show and we could not be more excited to talk to this. Olympic gold medalist steph. Thanks for joining us on the show. Thank you thank you for having me. I'm excited yeah absolutely we've been. We've been looking forward to this interview and really excited about obviously so much going on in your life in your basketball career as of late. Let's just hop right in. I'm so curious. This is my first time speaking to someone like post gold medal. Like this is this is so this is like a really cool. I mean you've won the thing. And i'm just talking to you and i'm really excited about this. But what was that experience like when you realize the moment that you were going to be coming home with the gold medal to rep representing the united states. What what was that like for you. In that moment it was a surreal. I mean there wasn't. There's a lot of words to describe it. But i mean it was just that moment of the four of us standing at the podium and you know getting the gold medal and putting around my teammates and then when we saw the flag off it was just like you know you just get goosebumps and and you're just thinking like this really happened like we did it because it was so hard. I don't think you know our our coach carrot kept telling us like. I don't think you understand how hard it is to win a gold medal. We're like man like you know we'll see but it was hard so i think it was just that feeling of of just so much joy that we did it and that we achieved our
Dallas Mavericks Hiring Two-Time WNBA Champion Kristi Toliver as Assistant Coach
"N B A champ Kristi Toliver has a new job assistant coach with the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. Tolliver was with the Washington Mystics. She also spent parts of two seasons on the Wizards coaching staff. You might remember she hit that shot way back went for the University of Maryland, the national championship game. I was 15 years ago. Wow. Dave Preston. W T o p. Sports Time
MVP Breanna Stewart Leads Storm to Win in Inaugural Commissioner’s Cup
"Brianna stewart sprawled out as the seattle storm beat the connecticut sun in the wnba. Inaugural commissioner's cup season championship in the league's twenty-five years history and it was a big payday for the storm. The wind clinks a thirty thousand dollar bonus for each member of the storm and an extra five thousand dollars for brianna stewart. The son received ten thousand dollars
Mike Petersen Steps Down as Atlanta Dream Head Coach
"If you have been living under a rock for the last couple of days you may have missed the announcement that the atlanta dream coach or interim coach. Mike peterson stepped down as head coach for health reasons. However he will be replaced by assistant darius taylor and we just want to you know for one. Wish coach peterson on the best of health. In in all of the you know well wishes that we can. It is not easy to take over a team and it certainly isn't doing so If you are not fizzing filling physically at your best. So whatever. It is that Coach peterson is battling. We just want to send our love to him and hope that he gets better. And that same vein. We want to send some love. To coach dariusz taylor and congratulate him on the opportunity to lead this team. The dream are sitting at six and thirteen in the first half of the season and they returned to practice on wednesday july twenty eighth as a matter of fact so just excited to see what he's going to be able to do what he's going to be able to bring to a team that is very much in transition and we can already see that things are starting to happen as they recently just signed atlanta dream I'm speaking of just signed candice do pre to To a deal on this past monday you know. She's a seven-time wnba all-star she spent a lot of time with the seattle storm most recently and and so. It's just good to see you know her be able to find home. I'm sixteen year vet. Just she's done so much for this game and it's going to be great you know. See her continue to add some some depth to that atlanta roster so looking forward to see what they're going to do moving forward
CAS Rejects Ogwumike, Williams’ Bid to Represent Nigeria in Tokyo
"A pair of W NBA stars won't be going to the Olympics after trying to switch teams to basketball players who played professionally in the United States and wanted to represent Nigeria at the scheduled summer Olympics will not get to do so. The Court of Arbitration for Sport Rejected an appeal on behalf of WNBA's stars Nicaragua, McQuay and Elizabeth Williams. Both have ties to Nigeria through their parents. This upheld a ruling by Phoebe, the governing body of basketball, which in a statement wrote that although both players have played for the USA after the age of 17 and participated in the qualifying process to the Tokyo Olympics, they recently requested an exceptional change of their national status. Even noted the players would have to wait a three year period since their last game of the USA to be eligible to play at the Olympics. Nicaragua, McQuay's younger sisters, Chinese and Erica will play for the
MVP Arike Ogunbowale Leads All-Star Game Upset of Team USA
"Meanwhile last night the wnba all star game. It was team. Usa the team. That's going to the olympics. Taking on the wnba stars is a good game here. Two point game with under seven minutes to go and this is brianna jones. Who's gonna lay one up and good and team. Wnba taking a four point lead six minutes to go now team usa down by four on stewart knocking that down. She had fifteen points team. Usa within two but then from that point forward the show would belong to a rica. Wally spectacular classmate keeping the momentum going into the fourth quarter under four minutes to play with the team up by five or gumbo. Wally knocking that one down for three she would finish with twenty six points ten of eighteen from the floor here. She puts the finishing touches on a masterpiece. She's named the mvp. After not making the olympic roster. Twa win team wnba. Wins it by
A highlight from WNBA AWARDS Season!
"You've probably heard monday's show with creena. And bradford and yes new york liberty getting into the playoffs. Quite the shocker. You know. I spoke on a bonus episode That came out over the weekend. Just about how. I'm a believer in the process of this team. A little bit more after seeing what they were able to do on wednesday. And now well we see if it was sustainable. Will the new york liberty be able to parlay the success that they had against washington into another one and done game against the phoenix mercury. I will have a little bit on this a little bit more on this on thursday. Show so we're going to save that but for today's show i'm going to get you ready for award season now. What i want to do for the majority of this episode is go over the actual criteria for the awards now. I've never really paid much attention. And i've never been a a media voter. But i paid closer attention. Obviously as a voter to the criteria and some of the criteria and some of the language around six woman of the year or sixth player of the year. The probably have to change that. Actually actually i also noticed that there was very gendered. Language in the ballot. But i digress. Perhaps a topic for another day but Anyway get of gendered language. A six player of the year and most improved player. Now i went back and forth with three rica foster brass beyond this because like most people i was in camp brianna jones for the majority of the year just because brianna jones for at least the last two seasons has really shown her potential and her growth. But as i started thinking about it. I didn't feel. And i've thought this before about bridgestone's and a few other players as well i didn't think the term most improved player was accurate. I would say the same. For and laney but delaney most improved player after won't nationally The actually might be a little bit of a different conversation when she won most improved player. But what i heard. People say for banana delaney this season when i was like listen. I don't care what you say. Brunei giulini is mvp of the new york liberty period. I said that. And i said hey. Let's have her in contention for. Mvp of the leak now. These are things that you say early on. You don't know how things are going to play out. I don't think banana chellaney ended the regular season as top. Five candidate for mvp. We'll get into that a little bit but people are like. Oh well you know the new york liberty alert this and they're that so she can win and repeat but maybe most improved and you see it was that right there the fact that for some people i really think that they use most improved player and sixth player of the year as mvp light. I don't like that. I don't like that So yeah i'm gonna get into what i thought about most improved player. What i thought about six player of the year and a few of the other awards. Let me tell you coming up with an all rookie team for this season. Who that was difficult. That was very difficult book book. But we did it. I saw. I believe it was shantelle jennings from the athletic. That said she didn't even put five names. And you know what i wish. Thought about that because Yeah i don't know. I do not know You know a lot was said about the twenty one class and then it was like you know everyone from the. Gm's and head coaches were low. People are saying a lot about this. Twenty one clause But you know. And they're all the things that they have to say right after they pick someone from the draft but as the season played out it kind of felt like other people saying that the twenty one draft. I was not as strong as the last two. The last three for sure that turned out to be true. That turned out to be true and I wonder what the implications long-term will be for dallas in that regard because they stacked up but good on dallas for moving some of those because they made the playoffs and still get a lottery pick because of some exchanges that they had with the la sparks. I believe a greg bibs that on the on the broadcasts kind of the best way to get a lottery. Pick by not. Actually you know finishing in the bottom four so good on them for that. We'll see if they can make it work because i'll tell you what dallas is always loading up on picks and somehow just doesn't really work out the stars that they have been leave and don't mold and Teach and play even with the rookies that that they bring in but anyway. Maybe we'll talk about that in the off season and see how the lottery draft goes. Okay let me remind you what the season awards are for. So we have all wnba first and second teams coach of the year defensive player of the year all defensive team first and second the kim Sportsmanship award most improved player. Most valuable player. Val you -able player rookie of the year all rookie team and sixth person of the year again. I'm editing match to be gender neutral so let's start with. I want to start with the kim perotti award because this is the only award in which we were given a list of names to choose from gonna read from the ballot dear media representative you have been selected to serve on a committee comprised of national an mba market media voters to vote for the wnba's. Kim perot sportsmanship award for twenty. Twenty one sidebar. If you don't know who is You should look that up was an integral part of the houston comets one of the wnba players that unfortunately has since passed but go look that up back to the ballot. The award is designed to honor a player who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court. That is i. Tell us and underlined. Each team recently nominated one of its