June 19, 2024 

Locked On Women’s Basketball: Curt Miller on the L.A. experience

'Cameron is a blessing. We are really, really fortunate to have her as a Spark'

On the latest episode of Locked On Women’s Basketball, host Howard Megdal sits down with L.A. Sparks head coach Curt Miller to talk all things Los Angeles. They discuss the unfortunate circumstances surrounding rookie Cameron Brink‘s injury, the extent of which was unknown at the time of recording. They also talk about positive developments coming out of the Sparks organization and what the future looks like in L.A.

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Megdal and Miller open the show by discussing Miller’s approach to 2024. “Going into the year, there was a lot of excitement in the way free agency took hold,” Miller says. He describes the changes that took place in the offseason, such as the departure of power forward Nneka Ogwumike to the Seattle Storm, and how they opened up new possibilities for the Sparks. “It was really exciting following the college basketball season,” Miller adds. “Especially knowing that you were going to have two outstanding picks.”

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One of those picks, Cameron Brink, exited Tuesday night’s game against the Connecticut Sun with what appeared to be a knee injury. The injury has now been confirmed to be an ACL-tear, but at the time of the recording, Megdal and Miller did not know a definitive diagnosis. But, for anyone watching the game, it was obvious that something had gone wrong. “It’s a heartbreaking thing, I know, for everyone watching,” Megdal says. And Miller agrees. “It’s very raw this morning,” he says. “My heart is out. Our prayer warriors are out for Cameron right now. But also, I look at it as, you know … what this opportunity could do, potentially open a door for someone.”

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Later on, Megdal and Miller discuss other developments within the Sparks organization and the WNBA at-large, such as the use of Second Spectrum. “We’re all navigating it,” Miller says. “But you know, the deeper analytics, more than just the traditional stat lines, have been fun to watch. Maybe they open some eyes to blind spots.” They also discuss the new charter flights the league is enabled to fly on. “Charters have been outstanding,” Miller says. “We’re fortunate for the growth and where the game has gone … it’s just a really exciting time for women’s basketball.”

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