July 6, 2022 

Locked on Women’s Basketball: Skylar Diggins-Smith calls Phoenix Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard a clown!

Howard and Hayden discuss all things Phoenix Mercury

It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. This episode features host Howard Megdal and The Next Phoenix Mercury reporter Hayden Cilley. The fellas discuss the recent events that have been happening with the Phoenix Mercury.

Hayden breaks down the turmoil of events in Phoenix and what coach Vanessa Nygaard had to say about the infamous clown Tweet:

“So the Mercury had media availability the next day against Chicago because they played Chicago on Saturday. So they had immediate availability on Friday. To the best of my recollection, they didn’t have any camera on for Vanessa, all you could hear was her voice. And she basically said, that she apologized for disrespecting, Skylar Diggins-Smith. And how making an all-star game is a big deal. But honestly, Howard, I think it’s just really sad because Skylar, I think she’s clearly been the best player on that Phoenix team on both sides of the ball too.”


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Hayden talks about if it affects Skylar Diggins-Smith’s chances of getting MVP by calling coach Nygaard out on Twitter and getting into an argument with Diana Taurasi:

“I really don’t know. I think it’s a very interesting situation with Phoenix because they have all of the pieces. Honestly, at the beginning of the season before Brittney Griner was wrongfully detained in Russia in February. And then Tina Charles signed I mean, there’s gonna be a starting lineup of potentially, you know, Skylar, DT, I wasn’t sure who they were going to put in at the wing at the time. But you were gonna have Charles and Griner at the starting lineup.

I mean, that was a WNBA finals caliber team. Yeah, that’s what many people were thinking. And then, you bring in a rookie head coach, which I mean I still don’t know why they got rid of coach Sandy Brondello.

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