August 16, 2022 

Daily Briefing — Aug. 16, 2022: Lynx, Sparks conduct exit interviews

'I won't miss Minnesota Lynx anything'

It’s Tuesday. Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the W Roundup, lottery teams’ exit interviews, and another strong reading list. Day one of the WNBA postseason will be here on Wednesday, but until then, we’ve got content from the third of the league that didn’t qualify for the playoffs. And that content comes in the form of exit interviews, the team-wide media availabilities that most franchises provide once their season ends. Yesterday, Minnesota and Los Angeles conducted their exit interviews.

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From the Lynx exit interviews, we had Moriah Jefferson finding a welcome role, Kayla McBride providing proof of concept for prioritization, and Cheryl Reeve owning the team’s struggles:

From the Sparks’ exit interviews, we had Chiney Ogwumike hitching to her sister’s wagon, Kristi Toliver trying to continue playing, Kianna Smith going to the WKBL, and Chennedy Carter opening up to a therapist:

But first, read:

  • Our Matthew Walter profiled A’ja Wilson’s MVP-worthy season and all that she’s done for the Aces
  • Winsidr’s Matt Cohen dove deep into the progression of the Dream’s season, including the .500-record first half and second-half collapse, and their offseason outlook
  • Our Dave Yapkowitz broke down the end of the Sparks’ season and the outlooks of their players
  • Women’s Health’s Nikolina Ilic talked to Mali’s Sika Kone about how she got into basketball and how it’s shaped her life
  • Women’s Health’s Lauren Williamson talked to UCLA Bruin Angela Dugalić about her finding basketball and meeting her heroes in the sport as she preps for Serbia in the 2022 FIBA World Cup

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W Roundup

Brittney Griner’s legal team appealed her conviction — which according to ESPN’s T.J. Quinn is mostly just to delay a potential transfer to a penal colony. HIs sources are optimistic on the prisoner-swap talks.

Not technically WNBA news, but: the Basketball Hall of Fame announced its the presenters for its 2022 inductees. Among them: Dawn Staley and Charles Barkley will be presenting former Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen; Tamika Catchings, Teresa Weatherspoon, Tina Thompson, Isaiah thomas, and Geno Auriemma presenting Swin Cash; Cathy Rush, Lisa Leslie, and Nancy Lieberman presenting former NCAA-champion head coach Marianne Stanley; and Rush, Barkley, and C. Vivian Stringer presenting former Rutgers and Illinois head coach Theresa Grentz.

Watch List, Tuesday, Aug. 16

(All times in Eastern, Game Of The Day in bold)

None — playoffs begin Wednesday

Written by Em Adler

Em Adler (she/they) covers the WNBA at large and college basketball for The Next, with a focus on player development and the game behind the game.

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