’17, ’18 runners-up prep for another postseason run
In the latest episode of the Locked On Women’s Basketball WNBA Podcast, host Ben Dull is first joined by Lindsay Gibbs to preview the upcoming season for the Washington Mystics. In part two, Brady Klopfer joins the show to preview the 2019 WNBA season for the Los Angeles Sparks.
This episode is the sixth in a team-by-team season preview series leading up to the start of the 2019 WNBA regular season.
Topics covered in this episode include:
Washington (part I)
- a look back at their Finals run
- one of Lindsay’s season preview pieces on second-year players Ariel Atkins and Myisha-Hines Allen
- guards Kim Mestdagh and Shey Peddy battling it out for a roster spot
- why both guards may still log minutes for the Mystics this season
- injuries to Kiara Leslie and Aerial Powers, the opportunity now available to Shatori Walker-Kimbrough
- whether or not the team needs to keep a third more traditional point guard
- working Emma Meesseman back into the rotation
- the three versions of this team and the effects of each on Mike Thibault’s rotation: pre-EuroBasket, during EuroBasket, post-EuroBasket
Los Angeles (part II)
- early impressions of new head coach Derek Fisher
- the dust finally settling on the Liz Cambage sweepstakes
- LA’s handling of free agency
- updates on 2019 draftees Kalani Brown and Marina Mabrey
- the Chiney Ogwumike trade
- Candace Parker’s hamstring
- the need for Chelsea Gray to carry the team early in the season
- the many guards/wings vying for one of the final roster spots
The Mystics kick off the regular season on Saturday, May 25 on the road against the Connecticut Sun. The Sparks open the 2019 season on Sunday, May 26 on the road against the Las Vegas Aces. Both games will be streamed live on Twitter.
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