January 5, 2023 

Locked on Women’s Basketball: Los Angeles Sparks general manager Karen Bryant and head coach Curt Miller meet media

Karen Bryant and Curt Miller introduce themselves to the media at the Los Angeles Sparks press conference

It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. This episode features host Howard Megdal. The Los Angeles Sparks general manager Karen Bryant and head coach Curt Miller meet the media in the latest Locked on Women’s Basketball episode. Howard tracks Bryant’s path to the new job and then asks about her points of emphasis.

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Karen Bryant introduces herself to the media at the Los Angeles Sparks press conference:

“Happy new year. I’m excited to be back in the W; as many of you know, I see some familiar faces and names. The W has been a first love of mine since the league launched. I started my journey in women’s pro basketball 27 years ago this year. And I could not be more humbled, honored and excited to be back in the WNBA. And to be doing it with an iconic franchise like the Sparks in a world-class city that I have fallen in love with over the last 18 months.

Many of my family members, if you had said that to them 20 years ago, they would have never believed you. But I have enjoyed my time in LA for the last year and a half and look forward to calling it home very soon. And I think equally important, so much of this journey and where I am in my career is who you’re doing it alongside and I could not be more thrilled to have my partner here, Curt Miller.”

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Howard asked Karen Bryant about the draft playing a role in building a roster for the Los Angeles Sparks:

“Yeah, great question, Howard. Nice to see you again and chat. Yeah, it’s important. I mean, you look at the history and the path that teams have to a championship and the Finals and top draft picks is a critical piece. So we’re super mindful of that; we are obviously keenly aware of our current position in the draft. There’s lots of dialogue about opportunities for us to maximize that position. It is what it is. And we’ll make the most of it.

I mean, one of the things that really excites me about Curt Miller and my ability to really lean on him and the rest of our staff as we make these decisions, not only in free agency but as we prepare for the draft in April, is his draft success. Taking players like Natisha Hiedeman and DiJonai Carrington in the second round, Brionna Jones is a late first-round pick. I mean, he knows talent.”

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