July 11, 2022
Locked on Women’s Basketball: Sylvia Fowles, Sue Bird, hits and misses from the 2022 WNBA All-Star Game
Howard and James break down the hits and misses from the All-Star Game
It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. This episode features host Howard Megdal and Chicago Sky reporter James Kay. James was on the scene all weekend for the 2022 WNBA All-Star Game and events.
James breaks down the positives of the WNBA All-Star Game:
“The thing that I’m going to take away from this past weekend is Sylvia Fowles‘s dunk. I mean, I felt like I was in the finals again from last year, when Fowles threw down that one handed slam and both benches erupted the fans. There was overnight like 9,500 fans at Wintrust Arena. So I think they fill out like just over 10,000 to be at full capacity. It was loud in there, so Fowles threw down that dunk.
And that’s going to be one of the things that I remember, but the other one is hearing the PA announcer say for the last time checking into the all-star game, Sue Bird that really hit me I was like, Oh, wow, we’re really going to be in a world next year where Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles are not playing basketball for the WNBA. So I think those are the two things that stick out to me. But yeah, Sunday was an enormous success. And I hope that everyone who was in attendance felt the same way because I thought it was an A plus experience.”
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James talks about the way the WNBA honored Brittney Griner at the All-Star Game:
“I think even throughout the entire weekend, the league had a perfect balance of celebrating the league had making sure that this was a joyful occasion, while also putting out the message that Brittney Griner needs to come home and one of the most powerful moments of the weekend that I wrote about for The Next and that sights and sounds piece that you mentioned at the top of this was Al Sharpton, Nneka Ogwumike, Sue Bird, Terry Jackson and Cherelle Griner as well. They all had a press conference before all the events that all the sponsored events that the players would end up hosting themselves.”
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