PODCAST: Layshia Clarendon talks near triple-doubles, Dream, Trump and more

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 21: Layshia Clarendon
SEATTLE, WA - JULY 21: Layshia Clarendon /

For my latest podcast, I was joined by Layshia Clarendon of the Atlanta Dream.

We discuss Clarendon’s triple-double that was and then wasn’t, her all star campaign and work leading young players like Elizabeth Williams and Brittney Sykes, thoughts on the blockbuster trade that landed Imani Boyette and Tamera Young in Chicago and much more.

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Plus, an extended take on exactly how WNBA players, herself included, respond to the fact and policies of the new president.

Clarendon’s season has been revelatory. She made her first all star appearance, complete with a double-double, while leading the Atlanta Dream into playoff contention as a prototypical lead guard.

She’s managed to post a career-best 15.0 player efficiency rating to date, despite a season-long slump on her shooting beyond the three-point line. Moreover, she’s leading the league in assist percentage, and with the new trade completed, now has a pair of new offensive options to deploy.

It is impossible to separate Layshia Clarendon the basketball player from Layshia Clarendon the activist, and she wouldn’t want anyone to do so. Accordingly, the conversation we had about the proper way to engage as an athlete in the political realm, along with what it’s meant not only for the discourse at large but for athletes themselves, was truly fascinating.

Listen to the full interview here: