November 17, 2022
Locked on Women’s Basketball: Indiana Fever head coach Christie Sides talks new role, how she got here
The longtime assistant has finally received a head coaching job
It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. On today’s episode host Howard Megdal is joined by the new head coach for the Indiana Fever, Christie Sides. The longtime assistant has finally received the head coaching job so many in the WNBA have long believed she deserved. She discusses how she made Atlanta into a top-five defensive team in 2022 as Tanisha Wright‘s top assistant and aims to do the same in Indiana. Plus, discussion about Em Engstler‘s ceiling, next steps for Kelsey Mitchell and NaLyssa Smith, and whether there’s anyone in the 2023 draft who might fit in with a desire to build around a defensive monster at the five.
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Christie talked with Howard about the work of Lin Dunn to craft a future-facing Fever roster:
“You know, you look back at what [Fever general manager Lin Dunn] did last year in the draft, and I just think it’s a remarkable thing; it’s a very hard thing to get right. And I think it’s fair to argue that she got, she went five-for-five, in terms of players who were able to contribute. Now, this was a roster where everyone was gonna play, you know, you’re gonna get to see them.Indiana Fever head coach Christie Sides
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