July 21, 2023
Locked on Women’s Basketball: Brittney Griner, Dwayne Wade, expansion and what we learned from W All-Star weekend
Chicago Sky beat reporter Annie Costabile joins host Jackie Powell to discuss recent WNBA news
In the latest episode of Locked on Women’s Basketball, host Jackie Powell is joined by Annie Costabile of the Chicago Sun Times to discuss what she made of 2023’s WNBA All-Star weekend in Las Vegas. What did it look and feel like in Vegas and how did this compare to previous All-Star weekends? The pair discusses the news that came out of the weekend, including that Dwayne Wade has invested in the Chicago Sky along with how players reacted to talk of league expansion. Also, they discuss how All-Star weekends are contingent upon the work and planning the hosting franchise puts into the weekend. How will the Phoenix Mercury fare hosting the weekend in 2024?
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“It was another opportunity for the players to be centered and like feel as they should all the time — like they are the greatest athletes in the world, right? All-Star [weekend] is a time not to take things too seriously. The only thing that should be taken seriously, and this is just my opinion, is the stardom of these players — like, these are your All-Stars… As an outside observer, it seems like from start to finish the players were treated and were propped up and elevated in a way that they should be and should always be.”Annie Costabile, Chicago Sun-Times
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