WATCH: The Summitt discusses all-star, regular season, off-the-court with Layshia Clarendon


ATLANTA—The Summitt’s Arielle Chambers sat down with Atlanta Dream’s starting point guard Layshia Clarendon after her return from the WNBA All-Star game and her near triple-double showing in their contest against the Phoenix Mercury.

Clarendon returned from the all-star game, almost breaking the assist record, only to be edged by Sue Bird’s 11 assists. However, she did make history with 10 assists, the best mark for any first-time all star.

Returning to McCamish Pavilion, Clarendon led her team to an exciting 99-91 victory over the Mercury on July 25. Clarendon initially dished out 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, making her the sixth player in WNBA history to ever notch a triple-double. Upon review, the WNBA adjusted her stats and she turned out to be one assist short of a triple-double with nine.

Clarendon discusses her ability to be a steady contributor and floor general for her team, gauging the tempo for games, and drowning out negative energy and letting in the positive.  She openly expresses her advocacy for the LGBT community and trans rights; these are topics she has been known to publicly address in the past and her passion for them is going nowhere. Clarendon also has a message for the younger girl who wishes to play basketball.

Clarendon and the Atlanta Dream return to McCamish Pavilion Friday, July 28 at 7:30 pm. They will face the Minnesota Lynx.

Watch this full interview here: