December 30, 2022 

Locked on Women’s Basketball: Year-end special — WBB bold predictions for 2023

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On today’s episode of Locked on Women’s Basketball, host Jackie Powell is joined by Bay Area News Group‘s Alex Simon for a very special year end show. The pair look ahead to 2023 in women’s basketball and make bold predictions starting from WNBA Free Agency all the way through the NCAA Tournament, the WNBA Draft and then, finally, the WNBA finals.

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Where is Candace Parker playing in 2023? What about Skylar Diggins-Smith and Jonquel Jones? Who wins the natty? Are draft picks traded? Jackie and Alex tackle it all!

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Alex Simon starts off with a prediction that is hotter than the sun. Specifically, that Jonquel Jones may no longer be a member of the Connecticut Sun next season:

“The writing was was on the wall that a split was gonna happen between [former Sun head coach] Curt Miller, the Connecticut Sun and Jonquel Jones (JJ). Obviously Curt left [to coach the Los Angeles Sparks] and he’s now in sunny Los Angeles out on the west coast with me … But I also wonder if JJ and the Sun could still split … I could see a JJ trade happening. And frankly, that could be a really interesting way for Connecticut to rebuild its roster; because so many of what the skills that they’ve had overlap and if they think they want to keep Brionna Jones, which I don’t know for sure if they do or not, somebody’s got to go. And I just happen to think that it’s JJ.”

Alex Simon, Bay Area News Group

Then, Jackie Powell shares her bold prediction: that Candace Parker will return to the Los Angeles Sparks for the 2023 season:

“My [prediction] is that Candace Parker is going to return to the Sparks. So I happen to believe that this feud between Curt Miller and Candace is not the most real. I mean, I think these are two people who if they have … the same goals, which is to to win, I think they can get along just fine. I think that was sort of a feud that was orchestrated for us. Which, you know what? We need those types of storylines in the WNBA. But I think well, Candace appreciated playing in front of the folks from her childhood [in Chicago]. I just wonder how much more is she willing to do sort of the constant back and forth [from Chicago to her wife and children in Los Angeles].”

Jackie Powell, The Next

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