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"michelle voelpel" Discussed on Around the Rim
"Which has been plaguing. Her feels like all season. Long new new york is now without. Sammy wickham um. Who's having an amazing season for the for the liberty They've also been without jazz jones who was probably one of the more underrated younger players in this league. dallas has without sautin sabally. The sparks did get back kristie. Tolliver today do mckay in neka mckay coming back from the break. So that's positive. Washington got dell bad but now they don't have tina who has a gluteal injury gluteal which is your but And so god right. Washington gets one back loses won crystal. Bradford who is the spark of all sparks for the atlanta. Dream is out as well as candidates. Do pre tiffany. Hayes is back but not really still kind of finding her rhythm. So i just saw this injury thing. Happy for those that came back but just sending lots of love to players who are still trying to or on the men. Because it's not easy we did get diana back to. We got her bag during during tokyo but It's just. It's a delicate delicate space to be in an even with dell don. It's day to day with her bat. Like you just don't know so i know these athletes have been going through a lot over the last two years trying to maintain a high level of performance whether it's endurance or just being healthy and it hasn't been easy during kobe. Workout changes all that stuff. But i just felt the need to say we feel for you at least a clark. You know there's some people that are that are are out for the season. Yeah we're we're sending your thoughts. That's all i want to say and with that we will now head into the second quarter. Second quarter inside the huddle. We are excited because this is the best time for. Wnba fans as we are finishing up the exciting second. Half of the regular season post olympics in headed full force towards the playoffs. Now if you don't remember the top eight teams make it into the wnba playoffs in right. Now teams are jockeying for position. They're trying to make it into the playoffs. We've had some great play. Unfortunately some injuries that may impact how things look in the postseason for the league but so much happening but before we get into all of that we walk him in one of our favorite guests de michelle voelpel. Espn and espn. W writer for women's basketball to help us. Recap a very special night in our sport and that is the women's basketball hall of fame which took place in knoxville tennessee last weekend. And if you don't remember the inductees were as follows to make a catching swin cash. Debbie brock carol. Callan sue donohoe. Lauren jackson david stern and carol stiff. So wow what a class in terms of their impact on our sport and so michelle. Welcome in always good to have you. Thanks thanks for having me just wanted to you were there. Unfortunately i did not get to go. I had a game. Saturday and sunday would have loved to be there. But what we're just kind of your overall thoughts on on the event and some highlights for you. I think the interesting thing about this classes that it really does You know take up. The spectrum of people who have an impact on lineman's basketball everybody from david stern without whom the league wouldn't have started to somebody like a debbie brock who is of the the delta state teams that won three straight championships in the w years. And you know debbie was Four eleven and You know with somebody who In in the early days of women's basketball she knew what her role as a role was to get the ball. The lucy harris And and she did that really well They had some video footage there of her. You know playing in the nineteen seventies which is always kind of fun to see because a lot of these players even people as old as me didn't get a chance to see them Very much back in one thousand nine hundred seventy s so you had you know that range and then you had you know people like That that are sort of the you'd said maybe the behind the scenes people who do so much with carol stiff with everything she's entity. Spn with carol callan usa basketball and then sued donohoe. You know with them with the ncaa. An and obviously was also formerly coach I thought there was. There's some real poignant moments there including you know sue donohoe unfortunately is passed away David stern passed away so it was. Sue's sister who spoke for her. David stearns is spoke for him and then because of cova Lauren jackson wasn't there so there was some poignancy there in who wasn't there but then there was some really funny moments but especially with swin cash and to make a catching because they're such close friends And then rivals representing the yukon tennessee rivalry so there really was something of every you know every type of person who's Impacted the game Was represented in waltham. Class was smiling as You know when you bring up uconn tennessee. it's got to be one of the most interesting dynamics. We have in our sport that to miki catching in swin cash or like peanut butter and jelly. Though they went to these two rival screw schools to most successful schools in history of women's college basketball It how you know. They tell the story of pat summitt and gene auriemma but also have collaborated to Build a foundation. I guess you could say for what we now know as the wnba players association. I mean those are two players that took the reins and served on several appointments for the wnba players association. And so when you talk about behind the scenes even the players on this list. It's especially those two. Were integral parts of You know helping us to move the needle in the game of women's basketball in so many ways and putting instruct sure and what is the players association and you know a lot of the marketing endeavors in the business side the wnba the players had to handle a lot of that in the in the early years of the league. And i know Swin cash in to make a catching the torch from others and were were a big part of that and you know i don't you and i are very fortunate because we get to interact with so many different people that work behind the scenes in our sport like donohoe like i wanted to once be an athletic director so i i spent a lot of time at the ncaa. I used to do their leadership programs and learned a lot about how it worked. And who are the people behind the.
"michelle voelpel" Discussed on Locked On Women’s Basketball
"Okay. Here's the article by michelle voelpel police in in the in the show notes for you but this is about dawn staley when asked for the olympics if she would consider a second go round as usa women's basketball head coach dawn. Staley said jokingly that she needed to win in tokyo before even thinking about that now. The team usa has secured its seventh consecutive olympic gold medal. Staley has answered. Staley had an answer. Sunday i'm done. Staley smiled as she said it. In the americans post game news conference and was asked by. Us guard diana terachi. Does that feel good on guard. Sue bird diana terachi. One fifth olympic gold medal also confirmed that this will be here last olympics but she had said that even before going to tokyo to rossio on the other hand said you in paris which is the site of the twenty twenty four olympics though it was unclear whether she was joking. Or not okay. I played the clips in the first block in a black for you from sue. Bird dawn staley. Oh gosh i'm really like emotional about the dawn staley news but this is what i wanted to bring to your attention because i unclear about this as well And here's i'm just gonna read the last paragraph of this staley's departure means there will be all new leadership for the us women's basketball program by the next major competition. The twenty twenty two world cup national team director. Carol callan who has overseen the program since ninety nineteen ninety-five announced in july that she was stepping down from that role although she will still continue as prevot president of fiba americas so now carol callan is involved with fiba and it was feeble ultimately. If i'm not mistaken that said no to neka agoo mckay. I don't know if it was to be america's so here's the article former wnba mvp neck. Ogle mckay was notified by fiba that her petition to play for her native nigeria in the upcoming tokyo olympics was denied due to quote substantial involvement for more than ten years with us team usa sources. Toll espn wednesday. The nigerian basketball federation filed an appeal too feeble on behalf of good mckay and elizabeth williams zealander dream center who was also denied because of previous involvement with team usa. The federation wrote that yoga mckay and williams were quote. Two of the top players that would have made our team one of the strongest at the games. That's the nigerian federation wrote that. So i don't know. I just thought it was interesting That piece but speaking of neck agoo mckay. Let's go to her conversation at The la sparks media availability. So we're getting media availabilities in case you can't Tell why just gave you Media availabilities from the olympics. But we're going to hear from the sparks you're also going to hear from the mystics because there's some news there and Yeah lots of news but neka ogm mckay got emotional during her media. Avail the other day when asked about just reacting to everything that's happened regarding not making the us team the petition. Not being accepted for her. To play for nigeria. So here's a little taste of that. It's been a lot of like trying to figure out how to how i want to come out of this. You know because. I think when you endure situations that are tough in life you can choose any differ roads and their stages. You know and so now i just. I'm just really grateful to be playing with my team. You know. I'm grateful to be on a team with people that care about me And i just wanna play. I just want to play basketball. And i you know they always say like situations in trials you know you you. You grow stronger In what is inside of you is kind of like exacerbated. And so i would like to say that out of that like i've always been described as resilient and i think i had to kind of tell myself that a lot to make sure that i believed it because it's been a few weeks of feeling on invaluable or unworthy and so like it's been very difficult. I'm sorry i swear i wasn't good. It's been very difficult. So i just wanna play basketball. Oh sorry i just want to play and have fun and emotional neck. Oga mckay again. There's been a blemish on usa basketball for quite some time. This was a hard olympics It ended with a medal. It ended with two players making history with coach. The deserves so much more than she will likely get Brand stewards the mvp of the tournament. I don't know how was it. Asia wilson and even brittany griner really had a great a fantastic gold medal game Has me eating my words. it's just a lot. It's exhausting I did not obviously go through. What neka has gone through. But i feel her emotion and so many other things that we've had to endure sushi's emotional for a lot of reasons. I'm sure but i from what i heard her saying is that she's glad to return to the court and to be with her. La sparks team and to return in a space senate away where she knows that she's valued because when you're not playing and you're in the middle of turmoil as neka was unsure. It's hard to to hang on to all of the good. And i just imagine what it must take tanakh neck. Ogle mckay off of confidence. I mean that just baffles my mind. But we're not gonna we're going to end on what we hope is a lighter. Note someone else that did not make the twenty twenty twenty twenty. One team is atlanta della. Promising future once. She can stay healthy it which she has not been able to do but we're going to hear some updates on linda de you know had a fantastic tournament. Emma amon. her numbers are up there. With asia. wilson. With brian stewart. You know us to do is another player. And they played fewer games because they got knocked out sooner so But we're going to hear from the washington mystics about elena della don end a little bit about.
"michelle voelpel" Discussed on Locked On Women’s Basketball
"Voice but in the first block. I want to just tile a little bit of a bow and the neck obamacare usa. Basketball conversation that i had last week. And if you're not listening to china robinson and around the rim. You should definitely do that. But here's a little taste of the latest episode of around the rim china robinson the host and of course to rico foster bradsby who is the producer of the show had espn writer. Women's basketball writer. Michelle voelpel on the show and michelle dropped some knowledge and really broke down and gave a little more detail than i think. I did last week on. Why not having neck on. This team is a really tough pill to swallow. So here's a snippet from around the rim and you can find the link to the full episode in the description. Make the case for us as to why people are so upset that neka ogle mckay was not named to the olympic team. Yeah supported a paraphrase derek. Fisher yesterday where to start right because there's a lot to say about this. I think it crystallizes for me like this. They have been. Usa basketball has moved the goalposts now three times on neka and over the course of three olympic cycles which she when this started she would have been twenty two for the first olympic says a professional and now. She's thirty one and two to me to do that to somebody who has been Not just a monumental figure on the court An mvp player. A champion of four times went to the final four when she was at stanford but has been one of the most important players. I think in the history of the wnba win. What she's done off the court and that should matter to say basketball because one hundred percent of their players are coming from the wnba She may say when. I say move the goalposts and try to make this quick. But i think it's important because we're not just talking about this year and you know that china. This is about the history of what's happened when she was a the number one draft pick back in two thousand twelve. There was no reason in my mind. She wasn't on that team. It was a perfect time to bring in a young star and they had done that with the last two number one draft picks diana taurasi and candace parker. And they did it in two thousand. Sixteen with breanna stewart. They didn't do it with neck ogm. What k- that was a really experienced team in the post. Even though lisa leslie had finished her national team career that that twenty twelve team had candace parker had to catching sylvia fowles. Tina charles Then you had wings like angel. Mccoughtry in my more very experienced guards with sue and diana lindsay whalen simone augusta's. It was a perfect time to bring in your new young face. That who also you know was was Just had this incredible personality right shoes everything you would want and they didn't do that. They took two players that were connecticut graduates. And i am not disparaging. Either of those player. Great player or some Swin cash and asia jones yup. But in in my mind and i would just say this. I don't. I don't think that was the right choice. One or the other would be fine but that other spots should have gone to neck ogm. They didn't need to more post players in their thirties. They had plenty of experience on that team. So that meant half. That team was connecticut graduates in coach. Geno ramos first year coach being coached. Usa basketball team so that point then the goalpost is oh. Hey we want more experienced player. Stats what they said. That's why we don't have neck for years later. Both candidates is parker who was thirty a two time. Mvp in tucson olympian didn't make the team neck ogm didn't make the team and breanna stewart dead. That team was picked in april of twenty sixteen before brian escorted ever played a professional game. Now he's a phenomenal player. We know that we've seen that but my point is again. The goal posts moved. The previous olympics has owing more experience. Now it's own now we've gotta make sure we get the young star in so these olympics. You're gonna say okay. It's got to be not turn now right like she's going to be thirty one next week. Should on everything you've asked her. She was on your core of eight players that they named back in two thousand nineteen twenty twenty and she was one of the best players played all the games she was. Mvp the qualifying tournament. Go post move again. No and they're saying well. I say they're saying because don staley's been the only one who's who's not on the slash committee who has said this publicly that it was because of the injury that neka house which is a sprained diana taurasi has cracking her sternum. And you know the the. i guess. The argument will be welsh. Were thinking she's gonna come back this week and next might be another week or two weeks and i'm like okay. Hold on the team had been like announced yesterday or given to the usoc slash say. It was the twenty third of june so diners. Not back yet either. We think she's coming back this week. She's thirty nine. She's eight years older than neka but they're giving her the benefit of the doubt. She's going to be just fine physically and you're not giving that benefit of the doubt neka democrat. So that's what i'm talking about about. Goalposts moving over the course of nine years three olympic cycles. And this happening to the.
"michelle voelpel" Discussed on Around the Rim
"Great podcast plan for you today. We have a very special guests one of our favorites. Espn and espn w writer. Michelle voelpel will join us. Because there's a lot happening right now. Around the women's gain the wnba did announce that there will be an all star game. Yes we are pumped for that for the fans the players for all of us media who love all star weekend it is going down in vegas so we will talk a little bit about that about the format and how you can get in on the voting. We will also touch base on big news out of usa basketball. They have named our national team that will compete for their seventh straight gold medal in tokyo. And we have named are usa olympic three on three team. Congratulations to kelsey plum. Katie samuelson alicia. Gray and also stephanie. Dosen head coach care loss in that will compete on a three on three side on the usa. Women's national roster really really excited for everyone. I mean we talk about it all the time. How hard it is to make the usa roster how we have a one hundred and forty four the best players in the world and the wnba so to make this roster it to get an opportunity to represent your country. I can't even imagine what that is and what it was like to receive that phone call so if you missed it. On this year's olympic team ariel atkins the washington mystics. Sue bird who will play for her fifth straight gold. Tina charles nafisa collier skylar diggins smith. Sylvia fowles chelsea gray out of duke university brittany. Griner jewell loyd a stewart. Diane's rasi who's also going for five in asia wilson. The staff dawn. Staley dan hughes cheryl read. And jin residing so congratulations to all. We are super pumped about tokyo and at the same time. There's been a lot of controversy a lot of conversation this week. And that's where michelle vogel comes in. Because there are a lot of disappointed fans members of the media players of the wnba that neka goo mckay the former wnba mvp. Nwa champion of the la sparks was not a member of this twelve player. Roster now again this is the roster right and usa has so many great players but neka. We'll talk about a little bit later. This has been a life goal of hers and she put herself in position. After being snubbed watts. Some people say twice off the olympic roster to work really hard to put herself in position to be selected. And i just wanna say before we even get into that conversation if you listen to our podcast. We give everyone women's basketball their love. That's what we do on this podcast. We believe in the sport you know. All all thoughts and ideas are welcome. Obviously to reconsider journalists. So it's our job to put all opinions and thoughts out there And i have. I expressed my disappointment. That necker was not selected on twitter. I know you did as well to rica but whether it's geno auriemma or whether it's who should or should not beyond the team. These are all topics that we are exploring and talking about because women's basketball deserves it. Transparency is something we had to have in our sport. Discussion and debate is something that we have to have in our sport because we need growth and any of us. That has a job whether it's espn whether it's down the street at office depot like people can weigh in on how they feel about the way we do our jobs. I work this authority. I was not good at restocking. The tennis shoes like i always messed it up rica. you know what i'm saying so am i. evaluations. I would get some feedback there. There's always things that people can say. Wanna say or whatever about about various things. And i just want to set the table to say that you can also weigh in on this discussion because it is an important one. Netflix is someone who has been valuable to our sport. The usa basketball selection process is something that we all don't really know a lot about but it's important so anyway as as usual to reconized are bringing you. What we feel like is a discussion. That needs to be had anything else to rica. Now but i will say if anyone wants to weigh in they definitely give us an email at around the rim podcast at gmail.com. After they've listened we'd love to hear what your thoughts are on this topic all right in with that. Let's jump into the pot all right basketball fans well you may have noticed. There was a huge void in our espn coverage for a while as we were missing one of our favorite writers and she was getting a little much deserved. Art are and that is none other than the goat herself. Michelle voelpel welcome back. Michelle ayla trying thank you. Yeah we missing you. I was like wait a minute. Where is michelle in. You know one thing about those of us that covers sports. Twenty four seven is. It's hard to get a break right like women's basketball calendar for people that always say well. When is your off season it. there really isn't one. I mean it's a sport that for the college season technically starts in october. That's where most practices tip off. That's when you start preseason and even before that with what you do with who's going to be the top twenty five you know. What should you be looking for the schedule. Like you have to be way ahead of the and what's also happening in october's wnba season's ending so beginning in an ending in an a job that as much as we love it can be very taxing. So we're happy that you were able to get away and get a little time off now with that being said coming back on the scene there is so much happening in our sport. And it's like exciting time right. We've got the season that's going. Everyone's looking at the commissioner cup scores We just had our team named we will get to that in a moment but there's going to be a wnba all star game this summer. Let's start there because it's not easy for the league to pull this off right in summer where there is an olympic Happening historically that's been a tough time to have an all star because usa in very understandably wants to have as much time as they can with their players together and gelling in doing all the things they need to do to get ready for tokyo and yet we find ourselves having an all star. It will take place in vegas on july. Fourteenth of voting is actually open. As we speak started june fifteenth. You can vote on the wnba app or wnba. Dot com and voting. Ends on june twenty-seventh. Now the makeup or the format of this game will be the wnba all-stars which it's an all star game so yes. There will be one team of.