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Imagining the WNBA’s Hot Stove That Isn’t

Right now fans could be watching Twitter feeds for any clue as to the future destinations of some of the WNBA best talents in free agency. But they’re not. Everything is quiet amid a missed opportunity. The league’s horrible compensation structure—which gives players as a group a mere 20 percent of basketball revenues—is mostly to…

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Building on Diamond DeShields’ Stellar Sophomore Season

Diamond DeShields is defending the strong-side corner when the Chicago Sky force a turnover. By the time Courtney Vandersloot hits her with a lead pass, she’s at half court, a step beyond Phoenix Mercury center Britney Griner, retreating from her high post position. There’s no contest as DeShields finishes the reverse. She’s three minutes into…

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Now’s the Time for Chicago Sky to Run It Back

The Chicago Sky missed out ever so slightly. First on a playoff bye. Then on a chance to take down the eventual champion Washington Mystics in a best-of-five semifinal series.  Chicago was pegged as one of the league’s bigger disappointments after missing the playoffs in 2018 with plenty of star power already in-house. The team…

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What Kristi Toliver’s Injury Means for Washington Mystics

The Washington Mystics are dealing with the same two dreaded words that foiled their 2018 postseason run: bone bruise.  2019’s title favorites have a one-game lead on the Connecticut Sun for the No. 1 overall seed with four games to play. The Mystics are 6-1 in the current stretch without All-Star guard Kristi Toliver, who…

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What Jantel Lavender’s Injury Means for Chicago Sky

With Jantel Lavender expected to miss eight to nine weeks after undergoing surgery on a fracture in her left foot, where do the Chicago Sky go from here?  Several hopeful contenders are just getting healthy at this point in the season. Lavender went down in Friday’s game at the Las Vegas Aces just as the…

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Sorting Out Chicago Sky’s Rotation as Jamierra Faulkner Returns

Once Jamierra Faulkner made her 2019 season debut last month, the Chicago Sky were finally able to get a look at their full team.  Faulkner suffered season-ending knee injuries in consecutive seasons. First came the left one, wiping away the entire 2017 season. She injured the right knee part-way through last season.  Unlike several other…

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Speculation and Ideas for WNBA Trade Deadline

WNBA trade deadlines rarely see much movement. Fitting under the league’s hard cap is extremely difficult, and there isn’t much differentiation between the salaries of stars and non-stars. There are essentially two buckets nearly every player falls into: Minimum contracts (or players on rookie-scale deals) and veterans tabbed at or near the max. The 2019…

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Complete Second-Half WNBA Team-by-Team Previews

All too quickly, the WNBA has hit the All-Star break, capping off a weekend that also boasted a beach party featuring Snoop, Iggy Azalea, and DJ Liz Cambage. After everyone recovers and rests up, it’s go time: a six-week push to the end of the regular season. Let’s take a look at where teams currently…

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First-Time WNBA All-Stars Really Stepping Up in 2019

Five first-time WNBA All-Stars will represent their teams as 2019 WNBA All-Star Game participants later this month in Las Vegas. The three selected as reserves—Diamond DeShields of the Chicago Sky, Odyssey Sims of the Minnesota Lynx and Erica Wheeler of the Indiana Fever—have shouldered more responsibility in 2019. Though their stories are very different, each…

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Astou Ndour, Marta Xargay Lead Spain to FIBA EuroBasket 2019 Title

Chicago Sky forward Astou Ndour was named MVP of EuroBasket 2019 as Spain cruised 86-66 over France in Sunday’s title game. France, led by six-year WNBA veteran Sandrine Gruda and New York Liberty guards Bria Hartley and Marine Johannes, has now finished as the runners-up four straight times, losing three times at the hands of…

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