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Twin Cities – Pioneer press: Lynx’s Maya Moore named MVP again in WNBA All-Star Game

Minnesota’s Maya Moore back on top in WNBA All-Star Game

The Old Big East was on FIYAH!

 

So, Las Vegas…. Las Vegas to host 2019 WNBA All-Star Game

FIRST: If you’re going, might I recommend a trip out to Spring Creek and Red Rock. Then, a must is the Hoover Dam. Time it so you can come back through the town with all the neon shining….

SECOND: Let’s continue to play with the All-Star game so it’s as fun as it is ridiculous. It’s Vegas – so how about have a roulette wheel that dictates some of the plays/sets at timeouts. For instance:

  • ALL 10 Bigs
  • ALL 10 Guards
  • WILD CARD: A retired WNBAer joins each team for a play
  • HIGH/LOW: Bigs outside the three, guards inside
  • 3s are WILD – 3 different players on each team must take a 3.
  • Deuces WILD – Last two minutes of the quarters: 2 pointers are worth 3, 3 pointers are worth 4, from the center logo is worth 5.

Spitballing some ideas for activities during TV breaks, before the game, during the weekend:

  • BIG THREE competition. The Bigs on the teams have a (simultaneous) 3-pt competition.
  • H-O-R-S-E competition between the teams
  • SKILLS competition – Timed (simultaneous) dribble races etc.
  • IF FANS CAN, WHY NOT US? – Videos of the best fan on-court events from across the league – and then, during the game, players try them.
  • HALF COURT HEAVE: The teams compete against each other, proceeds to charity
  • WNBA TRIVIA: A season long competition between cohorts of fans. Top two teams (3 people each) invited to the ASG. They’re celebrated and have a Trivia Battle.
  • LEGENDS OF THE GAME WALK THROUGH: Posterboards of players w/touch screens to see highlights. Would be great to have a connection to the younger players, as in – the player who most reminds me of me is… And have a side-by-side comparison.
  • YOU MAKE THE CALL: A virtual reality Officiating Game
  • YOU THINK YOU CAN GM?: A WNBA NBA Live video game competition
  • DraftKings FACE OFF: Top 5 players of the fantasy game meet with other players to talk strategy.
  • LEAGUE GIVE AWAYS – As prizes for EVERYTHING. Also, Sign ups available all over the place. A Louisville coach was disappointed that the ASG happened during recruiting. Not sure I believe most NCAA coaches care (Dawn Staley, you’re an exception) BUT, how about a “group account” give away to AAU/HIGH SCHOOL/NCAA coaches. The league tracks the number of game views. Any team/coach that watches EVERY game is put into raffle for…I dunno, a player/coach visit-camp? Merchandise?
  • BUILD THE GAME: EVERY attendee of the ASG game is given a “WomenCanHoopToo” voucher that is a Two-For-One to any WNBA game.

Plenty more were those ideas came from… Let’s hope the W plays along. (But first, can we the folks who runs their website)

Interesting W-ASG link: Mpls. City Leaders Host NCAA in Hopes of Securing Women’s Basketball Final Four Bid and Women’s Final Four committee judges Minneapolis at WNBA All-Star Game

Dabnabbit! Izabela Nicoletti will miss the entire season for FSU due to a knee injury

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When a Break is Not a Break

When folks complain about the compacted schedule (necessitated by the FIBA Worlds happening end of September) my answer/solution is to eliminate the ASG every two years. Of course, that means players don’t get their bonuses AND we don’t get bonus coverage from those who regularly cover the W and those who suddenly discover it exists – even if it’s for one game.

Speaking of which: Feast your eyes.

AP: WNBA All-Stars, gathered in Minnesota, proud of bigger brand

Maya Moore, arms outstretched and her right hand gripping a basketball, has been on billboards this summer in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York. She’s in the same “wings” pose as the classic photo of Michael Jordan, whose Nike shoe line includes Moore, the Minnesota Lynx forward, as an endorser.

WNBA games are attracting more viewers. The star power around the league has rarely, if ever, been this deep or this strong. There’s a long way to go to capture more attention in the crowded mainstream of American sports, but these women have been busy building a bigger brand.

“You travel around, you see people interested, you hear the buzz,” Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi said. “We have a lot of work still to do, probably, but it is trending in the right way, and we’ll take that as a positive.”

For  Nick is taking a look at every All-Star.

.com: All-Stars Excited For Debut Of New Format

ESPN Media Zone: Star-Studded Verizon WNBA All-Star Game 2018 on ABC Airs Saturday

SB Nation: 7 reasons why the 2018 WNBA season is one of the best ever

Swish Appeal: A’ja’s first All-Star Game

ESPN: Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird leading Storm to top of WNBA at All-Star break

Last year, Seattle gave up exactly as many points per game as it scored (82.6), and its defensive and offensive ratings matched as well (104.7). Hughes set out to fix that. He said he used analytics more than any other time in his 17-year WNBA head coaching career to illustrate the tenacious defense he wanted — getting stops, forcing turnovers and letting the offense flow from there.

ESPN: More mature Angel McCoughtry leads surging Atlanta into All-Star break

“Charles Barkley said this to me, ‘Appreciate it while you can,'” McCoughtry said Wednesday before the practice session with Team Candace Parker at Target Center. “And I thought about that: I need to appreciate all these moments. Sometimes we take them for granted.

“You know, in four or five years, I might not be playing anymore. I’ve really learned to give my all every day.”

Listen up! Paying Homage; Tiffany Hayes – LaChina Robinson goes 1-on-1 with Dream G Tiffany Hayes who talks about her big halftime shot, her exclusion from the All-Star selection and more. Plus, Around the Rim pays homage to the Shootaround podcast by bringing back the “Cocktail Napkin” segment with the one and only WBB analyst Debbie Antonelli.

Sports Illustrated: Yes, She Can: Lindsay Whalen Embraces the Challenge of Life on the Court and the Sideline

NH Register: Connecticut Sun star Chiney Ogwumike humbled by WNBA All-Star honor

Star Tribune: WNBA 3.0: New generation of all-stars stands on shoulders of game’s earliest stalwarts. Today’s most talented WNBA players don’t have to look to the NBA for on-court role models. 

In 2004 Cheryl Reeve was an assistant with the Charlotte Sting, paying her dues in a fledgling league and about to enter her fourth season coaching in the WNBA.

Some of the players taken in the first round of the draft that spring? Diana Taurasi, Alana Beard, Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson. They were about to enter a league put on the map by the likes of Dawn Staley, Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes. Reeve remembers wondering how this bunch of kids was going to follow that opening act.

They did OK.

Click through to catch at the Star Tribune’s coverage:

Ditto with Twin-Cities: Minnesota gets WNBA All-Star Game when ‘league has probably never been better’

Rebekkah Brunson, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi posed for photos together Friday in the Target Center press conference room, three record-breakers who have proven to be the best at what they do.

Taurasi is the WNBA record holder for points scored, Bird is the all-time assists leader and Brunson is the career rebounding leader.

All three will play in Saturday’s WNBA All-Star game in Minneapolis.

“That’s pretty cool,” said Taurasi, a Phoenix guard. “That probably will never happen again.”

Someday, when A’ja Wilson is a grizzled WNBA veteran, she admitted she might be more excited about the prospect of the All-Star break than the All-Star Game. Maybe.

Right now, the rookie star of the Las Vegas Aces, one of only two first-timers playing in Saturday’s WNBA All-Star Game, is soaking it all in.

Check it out: star is at the top of her game & intends to stay there. Follow her intense workout with trainer in the new series THE GRIND.

Sue at WomensHoopsWorldAtlanta fitting together to pursue a Dream Also from Sue: WNBA athletes: sport and character role models

About 12 hours after the Connecticut Sun notched an important win over the Dallas Wings Sunday, Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike was filming her teammates at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, for Instagram.

Shekinna Stricklen, who had tied the WNBA record for three-point shots in a game with eight, was asleep at the takeoff gate, sitting straight up in a chair.

“The vet, who shot eight three’s, is out!” Ogwumike marveled, with the clock on her screen reading 5:49 a.m. and her camera panning to the rest of the seating area.

Her other teammates lay across chairs or sprawled on the floor, clothing over their faces to keep out the light as they tried to get in a few more winks before boarding the plane for Connecticut.

It is a story that has been told on player and team Instagram videos all summer long.

Hello WNBAKicks: PUMA STEERS ITS HOOPS DRIVE TO WOMEN’S GAME WITH NEW WNBA DEAL

The State: One-on-one, A’ja Wilson thinks her new WNBA coach could take Dawn Staley

More from David Berri: Today’s WNBA Stars Are Very Much Like Yesterday’s NBA Legends

The stars of the WNBA will gather in Minneapolis on Saturday (3:30pm EST, ABC television) for the 2018 WNBA All-Star game. The actual game will feature the stars selected by Candace Parker facing the stars selected by Elena Delle Donne. Fans of the WNBA are quite familiar with both Parker and Delle Donne. But as Delle Donne recently told the Philadelphia Inquirer, she believes relatively few sports fans seem to know about her or the WNBA. Whether or not that is true one can debate. If you study the history of sports, though, it’s not hard to conclude that someday Delle Donne, Parker, and the other WNBA stars of today will be far better known. In fact, it seems possible that someday today’s WNBA stars will be as legendary as Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elvin Hayes, Rick Barry, and Bob McAdoo.

Fansided: Courtney Paris is a WNBA No-Stats All-Star

WNBAInsidr: WNBA Rookie Report: All-Star Edition

Honestly, I’d rather watch real games, but to each their own: NBA Live 19 Wants You To Create Your Own WNBA Player In Career Mode

Shea “Just Call Me an Aces Fan” Serrano: The Casual Superiority of Breanna Stewart – The Seattle Storm star and MVP front-runner sports a signature style of play—one that will be front and center at this weekend’s WNBA All-Star Game

There’s an obvious brilliance to the way that Breanna Stewart holds a basketball, dribbles a basketball, passes a basketball, and shoots a basketball. It’s intriguing. And captivating. And part of that, yes, comes from the allure that’s just naturally attached to knowing you’re watching someone do a thing better than nearly everyone else on the planet. (It’s why movie scenes when Denzel Washington flexes are so mesmerizing, or why a plate of food that a master chef has prepared is so hypnotizing, etc.) But the other part of that is how her brand of basketball genius looks so disconnected from everything else.

Care to bet? WNBA DFS: Best All-Star Game DraftKings daily fantasy basketball lineups

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Muddling Through Monday

NCAA

Comin’ home: Auriemma happy to see Elliott back at UConn

The State: This 5-star freshman can ‘rebound with the best of them,’ Dawn Staley says

Arkansas: Darts, Music & Tin Lunchboxes With Mike Neighbors

Fresno Bee: Remember Stacy Johnson-Klein? She’s back in coaching — and far from Fresno State

WNBA

The Kids are All Right: USC’s Allisha Gray wins award over Deshaun Watson, Aaron Judge, Ben Simmons and more

It’s been that kind of season: Fittingly, veteran Sue Bird puts finishing touches on WNBA’s record-setting week

SNY: Former Husky Sue Bird continues to build on body of work

“As you get older for a lot of players it’s not that they don’t want to play or that they get tired of it or bored with it, it’s usually that their bodies give out,” Bird said. “Whether it’s the world championships or leading the WNBA in assists or being number one in the most games played, all these rankings have nothing to do strictly with basketball success but with consistency. It is more about taking care of yourself.

“You look at Tom Brady or LeBron James and that’s all anybody talks about is what great shape they keep themselves in. For myself and Diana (Taurasi) especially, we are kind of starting that trend in women’s basketball where if you take care of yourself I don’t see why … When I turned 30 the first question I got was ‘How much longer do you want to play?’ I don’t see why that can’t be when you turn 40.

The Athletic: ‘She wants to be the best player in the world’: Already Seattle’s finest, Breanna Stewart has loftier goals

Waterbury Republican American: Maturing Stewie, already UConn icon, now major force in WNBA

Somethin’ up their sleeve: Aces pummel Fever to move within half-game of WNBA playoff spot

Well, hello! WNBA dark horse Atlanta Dream gallop to second seed

Let’s get learning: WNBA Playbook: Los Angeles Sparks ‘Double Wing

Candace Parker has proven over time to be a threat to pass, drive or score from anywhere. Los Angeles Sparks head coach Brian Agler appears to have unleashed a familiar action in a slightly different fashion that both gives the keys to Parker before the defense gets completely set and directly involves his three best players as scoring threats — Parker, Nneka Ogwumike, and Chelsea Gray.

Los Angeles went on to score 13 points on five possessions in what I’ll refer to as a ‘Double Wing’ look

One way to get some “time with at home with the kid”: Mercury guard Diana Taurasi officially suspended for Wednesday game vs. Chicago Sky

A trade – certainly not a blockbuster, but: Dallas Wings acquire Washington guard Tayler Hill in exchange for forward Aerial Powers

More fiscal breakdown from David : The WNBA — Or The NBA — Should Pay The WNBA Players More

Plum is definitely right about one thing: We don’t really know the revenue and expense numbers for the WNBA. At least, we don’t know these numbers as well as we know about the corresponding numbers for the NBA.

Each year, Forbes estimates the revenues and operating income of each NBA team. In 2016-17, according to Forbes, only the Cleveland Cavaliers had an estimated operating income below zero. Therefore, we know that virtually every NBA team had a positive operating income.

Well, maybe not. Even though the NBA gives us far more information on revenue and expenses, views on the NBA’s profitability vary.

Maaaaan, do I have some catching up to do: Around the Rim

LaChina Robinson & Terrika Foster-Brasby weigh in on Liz Cambage’s historic performance and the All-Star roster. Plus, they welcome Connecticut Sun Executive Vice President Amber Cox to bring a front office perspective to some hot topics and talk to High Post Hoops’ Howard Megdal in the “Growing the Game” segment.

Vote early, vote often: Sportswoman of the Year

Have you scrolled through this list? 

Damn: Former Clemson women’s basketball and Clemson athletics legend Barbara Kennedy-Dixon passed

 Kennedy was a two-time All-American, a three-time First Team All-ACC selection and a two-time ACC Tournament MVP during her four-year playing career at Clemson, from 1978-82. She went on to serve the Clemson Athletic Department as an administrator or in a coaching role for 31 years. Kennedy-Dixon was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989, and the Clemson Ring of Honor in 2000

Finally, yes, I know: Former Penn St. women’s basketball coach Rene Portland dies at 65. But, let me say this: As someone who knows Rene Portland primarily through stories of her hurtful bigotry, it’s hard to honor her impact on women’s basketball without giving equal weight to the damage she did to the young women under her – and the silence of those who knew better and said nothing.

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Okay, it’s a little more than two cents….

First: Get yourself a little background/context. Read these articles ’cause, well, I put a lot of work into them a while back, and I think they’re actually rather helpful to give the whole discussion some context. (Also – ignore any typos. These are the drafts I submitted, and I know my editor Lois Elfman rescued me when they went into Women’s Basketball Magazine. Not so sure about the WBCA Magazine. gulp)

MAKING THE CALLS: The World of Referees

Referees are expected to do an enormous amount of game preparation, including reviewing tape and researching team’s capabilities. Before a game the crew chief, usually the most senior of the three officials (referee, umpire 1 and 2), will initiate meetings with all the other officials (personnel at the scorers table are considered part of the crew), as well as a lead a 30-minute discussion amongst the 3-person crew to review the basics – media time outs, NCAA updates, coverage areas, etc.

Personal style will be addressed, adds Cathi Cornell, a Division I referee in the Los Angeles area. “Every referee has their own tolerance on what they’re going to deal with,” she says.

Towards the end of the season, she adds, the discussion will expand to include sharing coaches and player tendencies, and offenses that they run. After the game, all three officials collaborate on the post-game report. Submitted by the crew chief, it identifies trends of the game, notes if there were match-up issues, such as players who might be carry a grudge from one game to the next, and records any technical or flagrant fouls, as well as any atypical situations.

COACHES AND OFFICIALS: Reaching Across the Divide – A look at the relationship between officials and coaches and the impact on recruiting efforts

There’s no denying the growth of the women’s game, greater media exposure, and higher salaries and expectations has put everyone under greater scrutiny and, consequently, put extra pressure on the relationship between coaches and officials. But it’s hard to ignore the increased rumblings of “us vs. them” that has entered the debate.

EARNING THEIR STRIPES: Officials in Training

A few years ago Kantner said this about being a women’s basketball official:

“It’s not a vocation or an avocation that a lot of people innately say, ‘That’s what I want to be,’ because there’s so much negativity surrounding it. Everyone’s always focusing on the bad things about it: people yell at you, you wear bad polyester…. But those are far outweighed by the positives.”

And what are those positives? You get to stay close to the game you love; you stay in shape; you earn a little extra pocket money. And if you’re patient and good – and I mean really good – you might become one of the handful of Division I officials who do the job full-time and earn a six-figure income.

So where do these “positive” people start and how do they learn the craft? Well, if one imagines the officiating pool as a pyramid built on experience and shaped by geography and opportunity with Division 1 at its peak, its base – its foundation – is the high school official.

OFFICIATING UNDER REVIEW: Coaches, Conferences and the NCAA Working to Collaborate

It goes without saying that any coach interested in how officials are evaluated by the NCAA regional advisors or during the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship should read the very clear “2008-09 NCAA Women’s Basketball “Officials’ Performance Evaluation Form.”

While doing so, though, they should also pay particular attention to following section of the introduction:

Please note that this performance instrument was not created with the intent of replacing those used by individual conferences; rather, the NCAA women’s officiating program is interested in creating a systematic approach to selecting and advancing the best officials for its tournament. [Italics added]

Why the caveat?

“This is often an area that is misunderstood by coaches as well as the general public” said Mary Struckhoff, the NCAA’s coordinator of women’s basketball officiating, “I think it is natural for people to assume that because the NCAA writes and establishes the playing rules, that it also oversees regular season officiating.

Wrong.

All read up? Cool.

Next: Let’s talk “solutions” – which is the wrong word, because no matter what we do, officials will make mistakes. ALSO, no matter what we do, fans, players and coaches will disagree with calls.

Finally: Let’s talk intent. I’m proposing a way to elevate and de-escalate officiating in the WNBA. Elevate, as in, “support the development of a highly-trained cohort of WNBA officials.” De-escalate: As in, “defusing the adversarial and, at times, unhealthy atmosphere around the officiating profession.”

BTW: It is not a “privilege” to be a WNBA official. That’s the kind of language you use when you have an excess of high quality candidates battling it out for a limited number of spots (See USA National Team). This doesn’t mean that the goals for W officials shouldn’t be the “Best of the Best” – but, if you’ve read the above articles, you know some of the road blocks to that. Simply put: Time and money. The NCAA is a sweeter gig. More games, more money, summers off to work your other job and/or be with your family after nine-months of living out of a suitcase. If the W wants to entice officials to give up their summers, they need to be creative (and compensate accordingly).

So, let’s imagine the W is willing to commit time, money and brain space, shall we?

  1. Starting NOW, identify a pool of candidates for next season. How many, you ask? Well, take the total number of officials hired this year and add 25%. That gives you wiggle room for dropouts. The candidate pool should be a combo of recruitment/application/recommendation. Coaches, players, officials and DI-3 supervisors of officials should be asked to submit names. Candidates should submit tapes and application essay. They should then be interviewed. Initially, I would suggest the language should be more of an “invitation.” Just like many teachers, officials feel disrespected. Often, an attempt to offer “professional development” in this manner is likely to be seen as a not-so-subtle indication that you think they suck. They’re gonna be defensive and, perhaps, rightly so. Build trust, and they will come. ’cause every official I’ve ever spoken to wants. to. get. it. right.
  2. Make a long-term plan. Since we’re talking about capacity building and sustainability, your need to create a four-year budget plan that includes year-long training. That means housing, travel, food, and pay for every session. At the end of Year One, everyone’s evaluated and they either continue or are released.  This means an on-going recruitment process. Yes, this is going to be expensive. Stop trying to get quality on the cheap (Again, look at educators).
  3. Schedule short, in-person intensives across the year. These should happen during “break times” in the college season and host them in several cities across the country. Content would include on-court mechanics, communication between officials, philosophy and purpose, player and coach analysis, game tape analysis, rule book analysis, communication strategies, team building, etc.
  4. Online classes including analysis, self-critiquing, goal-setting. Participants review calls/situations – past tape, current tape, and their own tape – and discuss successes and challenges. They set goals for themselves between each session and report back to the group on their progress.
  5. Build officiating crews. Once the WNBA schedule is set, break the summer into five parts: Two units of games before the ASG, two after, then the playoffs. Identify crews of four, maybe five, officials that will work as a team. Unless they’re a disaster, they work as a team throughout the season, getting reviewed at the end of each “quarter.” Once the team is selected, there needs to be guided team-building, establishment of feedback protocols, setting of team goals, etc. The team should build a strategy for post-game analysis – what did we do well as a team, what could we do better, what did I do well as an individual official, what could I do better? How, as a team, are we going to sustain what we did well? What, as a team, are we going to do to get better? What, as an individual, am I going to do to get better? How are we holding ourselves accountable and what are the consequences if we don’t? (recognizing that improvement takes time and is not always a consistent upwards curve).
  6. Transparency: A page on the WNBA site dedicated to officiating. It should include the names of the supervisors, the mission, vision, philosophy, contact info etc. Also, an ongoing process of reporting that supports public understanding of the process (and, by public, I mean fans, players, coaches, media, etc.) For instance: publish the online curriculum, publish the review process, publish the selection process of playoffs, etc…
  7. Education of Non-Officials: Create an inter-active, online “So You Think You Can Ref?” class for players, coaches and fans. While we can’t make folks educate themselves, I do think that those who want to sit in judgment should prove they’ve done their due diligence. Participate in the weekly online sessions, take the quizzes, then be invited to a bi-weekly “Ask the Supervisors of Officials.” Those discussions are published on the .com page.
  8. Relationship building. Yes, I know why there’s an Oatmeal & Orange line between officials and players/coaches. Break it. Trust that officials are professionals and won’t let their relationships with players and coaches impact their on-court work. You know, the old, “As a friend… but as your supervisor….” Host conversations during the off-season with players, coaches, media and officials. Build a shared understanding of mission and process. Create a space where honest questions can be asked and answered. Also – THIS NEEDS TO BE PRIVATE.
  9. Accountability: At the end of the year, there should be both internal and external reporting on the successes, challenges and next steps. This should include a pro-active request for suggestions (different than complaints) from officials, players, coaches, media and fans.

So, there it is (and there’s more, I’m sure). And I’ll be the first to say that nothing I’ve written is new. I would bet several nickels that most Supervisors have some version of the above missive on paper, in their head or (yea!) in action. BUT, they do not have the support – time, financial, space, administrative – to bring this to full fruition.

This is just my attempt to use my experience as an educator-program director-professional development facilitator to step out of “Camp Complain” and into “Camp Possible Action Steps.” I welcome any responses.

Also, if you’re wondering, “WhatdidImiss?”:

In the other Saturday game, the Liberty continued their sad swoon with a 78-95 loss to the Mystics.

Some good games on today, all with playoff implications (how cool is THAT!?):

3pm: Seattle v. Atlanta: Dream pursue seventh straight win vs. Storm

4pm: Connecticut v. Dallas: Struggling Sun play at ascending Wings and Scouting Wings-Sun: Dallas looks to extend WNBA’s best home record heading into the All-Star break

6pm: Indiana v. Las Vegas: Aces engage Las Vegas community, show improved play

6pm: LA v. Chicago: Sky square off against slumping Sparks

BTW, a little international news:

🎊 with the first-ever triple-double at the Women’s World Cup with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists 👏 Not overshadowing the impressive 🇦🇷 win over @BaloncecestoFEB 🇪🇸 in overtime!

Final score 🇺🇸 92 – 🇲🇱 39 Better second half for MLI especially in defense (32pts allowed v 59) but definitely not enough to stop who with 32assists & all players but one on the scoreboard move to a comfortable 2-0 record

 

 

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A 53pt game (and more). A half-court game winner. A triple-double. Records falling left, right and center. A bunch of fragile boys getting their jockey’$ in a twist and others going WTF @espn? ANOTHER half-court shot. A ridiculously fluid playoff forecast?

Honestly, you had me at, “Yo, this is the best W season in history, no doubt.”

News

Albany Herald: CHAUNTE’L POWELL: WNBA players, both young and seasoned, having breakout seasons

Mechelle: From Cambage to Howard, feel-good stories abound in WNBA

Patricia Babcock McGraw: How Sky’s Allie Quigley went from almost giving up on her dream to being an all-star

Swish Appeal: Most Resilient Player in the WNBA: Jessica Breland

Sweet: WNBA stars unite for unforgettable birthday for 12-year-old fan

Chicago Tribune: Jewell Loyd, now a WNBA All-Star, fondly recalls her time at Niles West

Lebanon Democrat: Mt. Juliet’s Clark makes mark in WNBA

Brava: Diggins-Smith Earns Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award

Take note: WNBA Indiana Fever Attendance Strong Despite Poor Record

Mike Anthony: Sue Bird Never Private, Just All Grown Up

All you see now of Bird, all you’ve come to know about her in recent years and particularly in recent months, isn’t the result of a polished new persona she’s worked to perfect or of any pointed realization that she has to embrace the spotlight as one of the top basketball players in the world, the face of a franchise, a standard bearer for a league.

She’s being herself, and she always has. We may view her differently only because we’ve been able to watch long enough, with Bird evolving like any player, like any person, does over a formative stretch of 20 years.

Little cranky they couldn’t arrange the game to happen when I’m in town. Sigh. Rosters Set For Team Delle Donne vs. Team Parker at Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018

The past nine months have been a whirlwind for Breanna Stewart. In that time she has shared her story of sexual assault in an article for The Players Tribune, discussed her assault in an “E:60” episode and posed for ESPN’s Body Issue.

It has been a time of vulnerability, opening herself up for the world to see the most intimate parts of her life. In that vulnerability, Stewart has shown incredible strength. For years she rarely discussed her assault, even with her family, but in the past nine months she’s been able to find the strength to talk openly about what she experienced. It’s a triumph for Stewart — something she sees as a sign of maturity and growth, something she sees as a way to move forward and help others.

International

USA Basketball: USA U17 Women Open with 86-48 Win Against Italy

BTW: The top 12 players to watch at the #FIBAU17 Women’s World Cup 2018

Looking forward to seeing them in Tenerife…maybe in the US. too? USNT exhibition schedule.

  • BTW: Women in the Game Conference – Washington, D.C. Sept. 9-10
    Conference Features
    Presentations from professionals in a variety of fields in the sports industry.
    Career development sessions for practical training
    Interactive sessions in coaching and event operations
    USA Basketball gift items
    Catered lunch
    Option to apply for acceptance in the on-going mentorship program.
    Ticket to the USA Basketball Women’s National Team exhibition game on Sept. 10.

NCAA

Alert: Marquette women’s basketball player Tori McCoy is seeking a kidney donation

You stay put: San Francisco Dons sign basketball coach Molly Goodenbour to extension

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STILL diving…

just like my poor, disheartened, displaced Lib. Sigh.

On a better note; looks like Beryl has become “just” a heavy rainstorm. St. Thomas breathes a sigh of relief, but there are still plenty of “blue tarp homes” that will struggle in the face of heavy rains. It would be cool if media folks paid attention….

Meanwhile, underwater:

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Smooth Trunkfish

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Arrow Crab

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Perennially shy Queen Angelfish

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Hogfish Snapper – goin’ right!

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Hogfish Snapper, goin’ left!

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Juvenile Spotted Drum

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Just a little closer on the Spotted Drum. Fuzzy, I know, but they move like ribbon dancers…

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Trunkfish on the move

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Can you spot the Southern Ray?

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Thar She Blows!!!!

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Thar She Goes!!!!

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You. Can’t. See. Me.

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Just talkin’ about the games….

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Grey Angelfish

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Lizardfish

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“Tryin’ to nap here….”

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“Fine! I’m up!”

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“BRB. Gotta go pick up some groceries…”

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Still…

Diving….

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There it goes!

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Baby Spotted Drums

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Grown Spotted Drum

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Squid!

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Spotfin Porcupine Fish (Puffer)

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Permit Jack (I think…my first spotting!)

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Spotted Trunk Fish

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Nature

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