Reflections from those who lived it
From June 27 to July 7, 16 European teams featuring 12 WNBA players participated in the FIBA EuroBasket tournament. As the top six finishers, Spain, France, Serbia, Great Britain, Belgium, and Sweden all secured spots in one of the qualifying tournaments for the 2020 Olympics.
Earlier this year, I wrote about the WNBA players who participated in EuroBasket and what they anticipated joining a new team mid-season would be like. I also shared the perspectives of some of their teammates and coaches as they grappled with how to replace those players’ contributions. Now, with the EuroBasket players having rejoined their WNBA teams, it’s time to discuss how the tournament went for those players and what has been most challenging about juggling two teams this summer.
Note: After the tournament ended, Kiah Stokes opted not to return to the WNBA this season, but she was listed on New York’s roster until that point and is therefore included here.