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Hiring Walt Hopkins Ushers in New Era of NY Liberty Basketball

One week before the ever-extended CBA deadline, the New York Liberty introduced Walt Hopkins on Wednesday as its eighth head coach in franchise history. Sitting beside General Manager Jonathan Kolb, Hopkins could hardly withhold an enthusiastic grin through his introduction at the Liberty’s new home arena, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He comes over from…

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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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How New York Liberty Can Make a Splash at Barclays Center

The New York Liberty were due for some good news after winning just 17 games during the last two seasons and James Dolan put the team up for sale while moving them out of Madison Square Garden.  Having the best odds in the 2020 WNBA Draft lottery paid off as New York drew the No.…

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What’s Next for New York Liberty After Winning WNBA Draft Lottery

The Liberty, who entered the night with a 44 percent chance at the top slot, won the WNBA Draft Lottery Tuesday and the right to draft Sabrina Ionescu, the all-time collegiate triple-double leader. The 5’11” point guard has the potential to be a franchise changer, a fiery teammate and natural leader that could bring the…

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Here Are Your WNBA Most Improved Player Candidates

Criteria for the WNBA’s Most Improved Player award can be tough to specify with great detail.  Last season’s winner was clear. Natasha Howard filled every gap for the Seattle Storm as she joined forces with their four returning starters. She ended up being exactly what the Storm needed, and her production helped fuel a one-year…

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Activism and the WNBA

As we eulogize contemporary legend Toni Morrison, we look to her body of work for hope and inspiration. While teaching a class, she once remarked, “When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody…

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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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Breaking Down WNBA Prospects Marine Johannes, Alexia Chartereau

Women’s EuroBasket 2019 concluded July 7 as Spain clinched the title with a decisive 86-66 victory over France. Though that’s long past, there are a lot of takeaways from that competition which help us from a WNBA standpoint, especially when considering prospects who are or will likely make the league in the near future. This…

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All-Star Kia Nurse is Second Scorer NY Liberty Needed

New York Liberty second-year guard Kia Nurse was named a 2019 All-Star starter earlier this week. The 2018 No. 10 overall pick has stepped into a larger scoring role and helped New York to a 7-8 start, capably filling the vacant role as a No. 2 option in support of eight-time All-WNBA forward Tina Charles.…

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