The news came this week that the Seattle Storm, building around the young core of Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd alongside icon Sue Bird, had hired an old hand at the WNBA coaching business to lead them: Dan Hughes.
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For Hughes, whose epic career dates back to the earliest days of the league, it was an opportunity to overcome the disappointment he felt when the WNBA lottery balls favored Seattle over San Antonio, where he was the coach and general manager at the time.
Hughes counts working with Moriah Jefferson as a career highlight along with such accomplishments as taking San Antonio to the WNBA Finals and turning the Cleveland Rockers into the league’s elite teams, but the chance to coach Stewart feels like something else altogether.
Hughes discussed an array of topics during this podcast, from whatever happened to his former assistant coach in Cleveland, one Cheryl Reeve, to the offensive and defensive goals he has for a Seattle team he says can be among the league’s best, but will need to prove it.
Hughes also discussed his relationship with Pat Summitt, and the blessing he felt came with Summitt’s approval early on in his own career.
Listen to Hughes talk about all this and much more here: