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PostPosted: 10/10/17 9:41 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Its possible that marriage troubles messed with her. She was solid her rookie year. Being apart so much can be hard on any marriage. However, she has never lived up to her potential.


Who established her potential? She was the #10 pick.


At this point, I would say Atlanta did when they traded a lottery pick in a rich draft to get her.


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Its possible that marriage troubles messed with her. She was solid her rookie year. Being apart so much can be hard on any marriage. However, she has never lived up to her potential.


Who established her potential? She was the #10 pick.


At this point, I would say Atlanta did when they traded a lottery pick in a rich draft to get her.


but, but, but....they also got T. Young Twisted Evil



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Atl was in the middle of the pack when they made the trade, trading picks before you know what they are is always a risk but I'm guessing they thought the result of the trade would be slight improvement and ending slightly higher in the middle of the pack. If they landed at #6 in the playoffs and the pick ended up being #7 the trade would have been fine. I'm pretty sure they were shocked to end the season on a major losing streak.

Stafford-McGhee is still 6' 7" and still can get blocks and rebounds, if she puts it together in year 3 of her career it won't be that bad of a trade. Even if her ceiling ends up being a Krystal Thomas kind of impact that is still something The Dream need. I can still understand why they rolled the dice with that move.

She had a good rookie season, the coach who gradually increased her minutes left, the star player left, Chicago got back a player who plays the same position (I thought they could play together but I was wrong) who had a career season and Imani never really got it going.

Next season she will have a great opportunity for redemption, and her less than consistent offense will not be an issue playing with Angel, Hayes Williams, and Sykes. I'm not predicting all-star level play, but Contributing on an OK to good team is still within her potential.


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Its possible that marriage troubles messed with her. She was solid her rookie year. Being apart so much can be hard on any marriage. However, she has never lived up to her potential.


Who established her potential? She was the #10 pick.


At this point, I would say Atlanta did when they traded a lottery pick in a rich draft to get her.





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PostPosted: 11/06/17 2:01 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Get to Know Head Coach Nicki Collen

http://dream.wnba.com/news/get-know-head-coach-nicki-collen/



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Dream name Sienko GM. Guess he won't be swindling us out of players like Thomas and Bentley any more. Smile

From the email I got:


Atlanta Dream Name Chris Sienko GM

Dear Dream Elite,

We are excited to share the hiring of our new General Manager Chris Sienko with you. A veteran of the WNBA, Sienko served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Connecticut Sun for 14 seasons.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chris to our team,” Dream President Theresa Wenzel said. “He brings a wealth of WNBA knowledge to our franchise. Chris will be another instrumental piece to us moving the Dream forward and helping Nicki (Collen) build a successful team on and off the court.”

During his time with the Sun, Sienko helped orchestrate 25 trades, while helping the franchise to the postseason eight times, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals five times and the WNBA Finals two times.

With the hiring of Sienko and Head Coach Nicki Collen, we could not be more excited for the 2018 season and our pursuit to bring a WNBA Championship to Atlanta.




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PostPosted: 11/17/17 4:04 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Terrible hire. Sienko was terrible in CT. Terrible. Hopefully Collen has a lot of say in building the roster. At least he isn’t in CT anymore to make his terrible decisions.


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PostPosted: 11/17/17 6:58 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

He was obviously there a long time, so there's a long history to judge him by, but in recent times Sienko basically won GM of the Year. Virtually every move and pick that won the award for Curt Miller was made while Sienko was the Sun GM.



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It is also kind of hard to know what decisions were forced on him (such as firing Thibault, hiring Donovan and drafting UConn players), and which ones he made himself. Maybe none maybe all. Plus he was working in a place a lot of players didn't want to spend their summers (or any other time for that matter). He managed to turn departing players like Charles and Lawson into useful assets as compared to say Pokey, who in a similar situation turned Fowles and her second round pick into an ageing Erika. So, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt until he does something really stupid like trading Sykes for Cappie, Zealous or whatever other past their prime players fans of their teams are hoping to unload.



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Meet Nicki Collen, the new head coach of the Atlanta Dream

http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/meet-nicki-collen-new-head-coach-atlanta-dream/

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One of the first actions she took in her new role was reach out to the Dream players for feedback (over the phone, as much of the team plays overseas during the winter offseason) about how they felt they could improve and become playoff contenders in 2018. Many told her they felt the team underachieved in 2017, and that they were better than their record indicated. Collen says the team relied too heavily on the athleticism of individual players, highlighting the difficulties the Dream faced with moving the ball on offense and generating offense in transition.


She's already off on the right foot. Getting feedback from the players instead of acting too superior to need such feedback.

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As Collen seeks to rebuild a winning culture in Atlanta, she says her primary job will be to get the players to buy in to her system. Having coached both collegiate and professional basketball, Collen knows that going through countless strategies from different coaches throughout their careers can cause players to become jaded to new techniques. She wants to make sure her players understand why each step of their new system is being put into place. That unity, she says, will put the team in the best position to win in 2018.


If she she can get McCoughtry to buy into a new system, she can move mountains.

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She warns that success may not be immediate. “I want our fans to know we’re going to play hard,” she says. “We’re not always going to make the shots, we’re not always going to look our best, but the effort will always be there.” Still, she’s confident that victory is within reach. “It’s certainly my job to bring [a championship] here.”



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PostPosted: 12/06/17 10:17 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Day Jobs: Angel McCoughtry

https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/playback/day-jobs/episodes/meet-the-olympic-champion-who-doubles-as-a-sweet-toothed-businesswoman/



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Nikki Collen was introduced during the Hawks game last night. Wish there would be a little more support from the Hawks to help boost the Dream. Though the Hawks are currently at the bottom in terms of attendance in the NBA.



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Day Jobs: Angel McCoughtry

https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/playback/day-jobs/episodes/meet-the-olympic-champion-who-doubles-as-a-sweet-toothed-businesswoman/


Angel has gotten more publicity as a Ice Cream store owner than as an All WNBA player and Olympian.



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Nikki Collen was introduced during the Hawks game last night. Wish there would be a little more support from the Hawks to help boost the Dream. Though the Hawks are currently at the bottom in terms of attendance in the NBA.


Hawks have always seemed indifferent to the Dream. Hawks players often attend games but they Hawks organization doesn't do much with Dream. Was her intro by the PA announcer during the game or did the Hawks broadcast team interview her?



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Nikki Collen was introduced during the Hawks game last night. Wish there would be a little more support from the Hawks to help boost the Dream. Though the Hawks are currently at the bottom in terms of attendance in the NBA.


Hawks have always seemed indifferent to the Dream. Hawks players often attend games but they Hawks organization doesn't do much with Dream. Was her intro by the PA announcer during the game or did the Hawks broadcast team interview her?


It was the Hawks' broadcast team.



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https://twitter.com/_/status/939861620595060737



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Thanks for posting that. The broadcasters not the Hawks. The same outfit does the Dream games. Same announcer but different analysts and reporters though.



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Need to get some Dream discussion going. Video interview with our new coach. 4 parts, each about 2 minutes. Says she expects Angel back, thinks Angel and Holmes could both play the 4. Says Sykes won't be taking 25 shots a game (which she never did last season anyway.) I sure hope this doesn't foreshadow anything.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmV-QGJrTAI&t=28s



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PostPosted: 12/13/17 10:21 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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I sure hope this doesn't foreshadow anything.


What do you mean by that?



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I continue to be haunted by the Bentley for Ajavon debacle. Just saying doesn't sound like her impression of Sykes is all that favorable.



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I continue to be haunted by the Bentley for Ajavon debacle. Just saying doesn't sound like her impression of Sykes is all that favorable.


I don't take that as a dig towards Sykes. She just wants to emphasize team ball. McCoughtry won't be taking 25 shots either.

Speaking of McCoughtry, did you notice she almost resembled a PG at times in that Vadeeva video I posted?



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I noticed that. She is sort of the point forward for her team, at least in that small sample. What I have seen of her numbers she is not having a big year, but her team has so much talent she doesn't need to be carrying the scoring or rebounding load like she has the Dream.



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I noticed that. She is sort of the point forward for her team, at least in that small sample. What I have seen of her numbers she is not having a big year, but her team has so much talent she doesn't need to be carrying the scoring or rebounding load like she has the Dream.


Ah ha! Same goes the Dream. They have a lot of talent, so no one player needs to be taking 25 shots. So however McCoughtry is playing now is the way she should continue to play for the Dream, and I bet that would suit Collen just fine. Sykes is not some kind of inherent ball hog. She did what they felt was needed last year. She's capable of adjusting to what the coach wants. She might not even start.



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Dream Add Mike Petersen as Assistant Coach

http://dream.wnba.com/news/dream-add-mike-petersen-assistant-coach/

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Most recently, he served as an advanced scout for the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA.



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Dream Add Mike Petersen as Assistant Coach

http://dream.wnba.com/news/dream-add-mike-petersen-assistant-coach/

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Most recently, he served as an advanced scout for the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA.


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“I am thrilled to welcome Mike and his wife Patty to the Atlanta Dream,” Collen said. “In searching for the right balance on my staff, I was looking for someone with a head coaching background. From our very first conversation I knew Mike’s combination of passion, experience, and engaging personality were the right fit for me and our organization.


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As head coach at Wake Forest, Petersen won 125 games and was the program’s all-time winningest coach. Prior to joining the Demon Deacons, Peterson served five years on the Minnesota Gophers men’s basketball staff, including four years as associate head coach.

“Mike has had great success as a head coach and assistant coach on the women’s and men’s side in the collegiate game at many levels,” Collen added. “He is a great offensive mind but above that his energy and enthusiasm for the game are what separated him from other candidates.”


Kinda sounds like she was looking for another Curt Miller.

The guy has a decent resume. Not sure why he's available for job like this. Might have to do some vetting on that. It's important to have good assistants.

I can imagine Reeve without good assistants. Not a pretty picture.



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Could be a mistake on her part - never hire someone who is well qualified to replace you, if things go to hell it is too easy to get fired that way. Razz But them again, she doesn't seem to stay anywhere for long. If she has a great year or two with the Dream, I would expect her to look for the opportunity to move up to a better job (e.g. Stef White).



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Does anyone besides me take offense to the notion that a job as the head coach of a second-rate Division I school is considered a "better job" than coaching in the WNBA?



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Does anyone besides me take offense to the notion that a job as the head coach of a second-rate Division I school is considered a "better job" than coaching in the WNBA?


+1 ... The same could kind of be said for the NBA vs MCBB . Job Security means everything to a HC . In the pro's its win or your fired within a year or 2. Colleges normally give you a nice period of time before they give you a pink slip.



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Does anyone besides me take offense to the notion that a job as the head coach of a second-rate Division I school is considered a "better job" than coaching in the WNBA?


WNBA assistant coaches don't make that much and the job isn't that stable (although it can be at the right team). The Aces put out an ad for $45K/yr. So I wonder if this is a side job to his NBA scouting job, but I would think that'd be a full time job.

Steph White gets buckets of money for head coaching at second rate Vanderbilt. She left a WNBA head coaching job for that gig.



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WNBA assistant coaches don't make that much and the job isn't that stable (although it can be at the right team).


Joe Ciampi was reportedly making $100k/year as a WNBA assistant



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Does anyone besides me take offense to the notion that a job as the head coach of a second-rate Division I school is considered a "better job" than coaching in the WNBA?


WNBA assistant coaches don't make that much and the job isn't that stable (although it can be at the right team). The Aces put out an ad for $45K/yr. So I wonder if this is a side job to his NBA scouting job, but I would think that'd be a full time job.

Steph White gets buckets of money for head coaching at second rate Vanderbilt. She left a WNBA head coaching job for that gig.


I feel like you read my post, and then decided to reply to something else entirely, like someone else is posting in invisible ink. I didn't ask why the college gig is considered a better job; I already know why. I'm offended that it's considered a better job. Just objectively speaking, coaching in college should not be thought of as a "step up" from coaching in the pros.



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Dream Round Out Coaching Staff with Darius Taylor

http://dream.wnba.com/news/atlanta-dream-round-coaching-staff-darius-taylor/

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That's the most interesting thing to you?

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“Darius has a very calm demeanor and his background helping professional athletes navigate life after pro sports gives him a quality that I know our Dream players will greatly respect. His strength in the player development area is something I identified as a need for our team and his work ethic matches what I want to model for our team.”


Interesting coaching staff ATL has put together. Hard to say for sure at this point, but I'll rate it an upgrade from last year.

The GM? Meh. He's good for rubber stamping, I guess.

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I wonder if Mr. Taylor’s history with Candice Dupree at Temple may be enough for her to entertain signing with Atlanta. Atlanta would seem to have the assets to also swing a trade for Bonner from PHX.


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Not that what I think matters, but I'm not interested in Bonner or DuPre. Both are good players, but I hate to see the Dream throw away the future for players that are all as old or older than Angel. Even with those 2 Dream would not be a contender.

Now, if they could be gotten as UFA's, then ok. The problem is that Dream have not signed top UFA ever, unless you count one season at the tail end of Holdclaw career.



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Decisions, Decisions: Darius Taylor returns to the bench to join Atlanta Dream coaching staff

https://www.theatlantavoice.com/articles/decisions-decisions-darius-taylor-returns-to-the-bench-to-join-atlanta-dream-coaching-staff/

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Following the University of South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball team’s Final Four appearance in 2015, Taylor, then an assistant coach on Dawn Staley’s staff, made the toughest decision of his career to date. He left. Taylor didn’t leave for the greener pastures of a bigger program, though now there is arguably no women’s program bigger and better than the reigning national champions.

Taylor left the program so that his wife, current University of Georgia head women’s basketball coach Joni Taylor, could fulfill her dream of becoming a head coach without any friction.

“I stepped away from collegiate coaching to be around and support my wife’s first head coaching job,” said Taylor by phone. Being an opportunity within the Southeastern Conference, Darius and Joni would have been recruiting the same players and coaching against one another in the same conference.



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After accepting the job with the Dream and getting back into coaching full-time he says, “I’m really excited and really looking forward to helping make the Dream a championship contender again.” During his break from the game Taylor did coach some AAU ball in Athens and Atlanta, started a basketball skill development training company and became a licensed realtor. “In a way all of it still came back to coaching,” said Taylor.

The balancing act that is having two coaches in the family will require another set of decisions that the Taylors will have to approach when the time comes. After all, July is prime time for college basketball recruiting, and just so happens to fall in the middle of the WNBA season.

“We will just make it work,” says Taylor of the future disruptions. “We both know the business, we’re use to the grind and always find ways to put our marriage first.”



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Well, duh me. I should have realized or read more that this was Joni's husband. Good for them. She was one of my favorite players at Alabama. Very solid, good defender, class act. Glad to see her succeed, just wish it could have been at her alma mater haha. Glad they are able to be in the same area and not recruit against each other Smile


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Bria Holmes is pregnant and will miss the season



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Bria Holmes is pregnant and will miss the season


Full email/press release:

Bria Holmes to Miss 2018 Season Due to Pregnancy

Third-year Atlanta Dream guard Bria Holmes released the following statement Tuesday:

“Unfortunately, I will have to miss the 2018 season because I'm expecting but I plan to return to the Dream in 2019 stronger, healthier and ready to play. As a female professional athlete, it is hard to start a family while playing year-round but this little human inside of me is truly a blessing to me, my family, and my boyfriend. I'm so happy and thankful I can continue my career after my bundle of joy is here. To my coaches, teammates, staff, & fans I want to thank you so much for all your support and help since I was drafted in 2016 and wish everyone good luck this season - I'll be cheering you all on! One Dream, One Team.”

Atlanta Dream first-year Head Coach Nicki Collen said: “While I am certainly disappointed Bria won’t be in a Dream uniform this summer, as a mother of three, I also wish to congratulate her on starting her own family. This league is about celebrating the female athlete and everything that it entails. Bria is a big part of the Dream family and we will welcome her back in 2019.”

Originally selected 11th overall by the Dream in the 2016 WNBA Draft, Holmes has averaged 7.6 points and 2.7 rebounds over her first two seasons in the league. This offseason, the former West Virginia University standout was playing in Poland for CCC Polowice.



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Congratulations to Bria on starting her family!

I think now the Dream have another reason to keep T. Young if she wants to stay.



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Congrats to Bria!!



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PostPosted: 01/16/18 1:14 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Here's the official announcement from the Dream

http://dream.wnba.com/news/bria-holmes-miss-2018-season-due-pregnancy/



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PostPosted: 01/16/18 4:59 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
Here's the official announcement from the Dream

http://dream.wnba.com/news/bria-holmes-miss-2018-season-due-pregnancy/


What's your take? Smile

pilight wrote:
Another pregnant H. I'm starting to worry about Bria Holmes.


http://boards.rebkell.net/viewtopic.php?p=1404644#1404644


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PostPosted: 01/17/18 6:59 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Another announcement or shall i say indication .....

http://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id/22136438/layshia-clarendon-alleges-sexual-assault-lawsuit-cal-employee

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Layshia Clarendon says in suit she was sexually assaulted while attending Cal



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PostPosted: 01/17/18 7:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Clarendon said the overarching goal of the lawsuit was accountability.

"My biggest hope is that he never does this to anyone else," said Clarendon, who led Cal to its only Final Four in 2013. "That no one else has to suffer under his hand, or him violating their bodies again. That this would be the end of him assaulting people. And so it feels there is a big level of responsibility there for me, to make sure this doesn't continue. And he doesn't continue to harm other people."


A courageous step on her part.



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PostPosted: 01/17/18 7:33 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Randy wrote:
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Clarendon said the overarching goal of the lawsuit was accountability.

"My biggest hope is that he never does this to anyone else," said Clarendon, who led Cal to its only Final Four in 2013. "That no one else has to suffer under his hand, or him violating their bodies again. That this would be the end of him assaulting people. And so it feels there is a big level of responsibility there for me, to make sure this doesn't continue. And he doesn't continue to harm other people."


A courageous step on her part.


Agreed , im very proud of her for stepping up. Most ladies in the LGBT community where im from would be ashamed or embarrassed to say a man abused them . Kudos to Layshia



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PostPosted: 01/30/18 10:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Check out @Charles33Monroe’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/Charles33Monroe/status/958187888100986881?s=09

Question for dream fans ! Will Coach Collen bring Sykes off the bench with angel returning? Sykes gets buckets ATL has a better shot starting her with TIP and Lori Ann, which brings the question Can Angel play the 4 and ATL be effective on defense? Decisions , Decisions, Decisions!



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PostPosted: 01/30/18 10:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

WNBA 09 wrote:
Check out @Charles33Monroe’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/Charles33Monroe/status/958187888100986881?s=09

Question for dream fans ! Will Coach Collen bring Sykes off the bench with angel returning? Sykes gets buckets ATL has a better shot starting her with TIP and Lori Ann, which brings the question Can Angel play the 4 and ATL be effective on defense? Decisions , Decisions, Decisions!


Unless they play small ball with McCoughtry as a PF, I don’t she has much of a choice. Could this turn into another Bentley-Williams conundrum?



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