PODCAST: Diamond DeShields talks her game, NBA All Star Celebrity Game

Some expertise on the sidelines

The NBA All Star Celebrity Game will have some extra star power on the sidelines.

Diamond DeShields, attending her first NBA All Star weekend, will be an assistant for Friday night’s game, which also includes WNBA players Chelsea Gray and A’ja Wilson.

DeShields spoke to Howard Megdal about the experience, saying she intends to simply have fun and enjoy it.

Even so, she’s been all business this offseason, fresh off a season in which she made an all star team of her own and led her Chicago Sky deep into the playoffs.

That seemed a little lost on celebrity head coach Stephen A. Smith in an interview on ESPN’s First Take in which Smith asked for some basics about her game.

“Well honestly Stephen A., I don’t think there’s anybody in the league that can do what I do… I think that I’m the best guard in the league,” DeShields said with her signature bravado.

Hear more from DeShields in an interview with Megdal about her offseason regimen, the way she views herself defensively, and what it’s like to navigate a media landscape that too often forces women to provide the basic information about themselves in interviews that media members should have going in.

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