Tagged Diamond DeShields

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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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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What to Make of Chicago Sky’s Starting Lineup Change

The Chicago Sky are off to a 3-2 start and have already made a change to the starting lineup. Acquired before the start of the season in a deal with the Los Angeles Sparks, Jantel Lavender has replaced Gabby Williams on the starting front line next to Stefanie Dolson. The Sky are among the top…

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The Trade That Remade Chicago Sky and Atlanta Dream

Trades involving star-level talent don’t happen often in the WNBA. But you don’t have to look back very far to find one, either. Negotiations between the WNBA Players Association and the league on a new collective bargaining agreement will go a long way in shaping the next decade. And one 2017 trade will go a…

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How to Fix Chicago Sky’s Turnover Crisis

The Chicago Sky have a turnover problem. Addressing it will be key in finding a path back to the postseason under new head coach and general manager James Wade. The Sky had the league’s highest turnover percentage in 2018 and its second-highest in 2017. Because Chicago added two starters (Diamond DeShields and Gabby Williams) via…

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Chicago Sky 2019 Offseason Checklist

The Chicago Sky are now on their second head coach/general manager of the post-Elena Delle Donne era. Owner Michael Alter, who’s very eager to get back to the playoffs, fired Amber Stocks after the 2018 season and announced the hiring of James Wade last month. We know what Alter wants. We know their roster isn’t…

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