Wednesday, July 22, 2020

On the Beat With the Dallas Wings 7/19/20

Yesterday, I featured my first media session with the WNBA Dallas Wings, featuring assistant coach Crystal Robinson and players Moriah Jefferson and Allisha Gray. Today, I have the second day, with assistant coach Bryce Agler and players Arike Ogunbowale and Marina Mabrey.
Guard Mabrey talked about lessons learned in her rookie season. Mabrey got a bit more animated when she discussed playing in the new environment. She stressed that it is all competition. She and the team want to win every game no matter where it's played.
When discussing the biggest thing she learned in her first season, guard Ogunbowale joked that she “is not a true point guard.” She went on to talk about the importance of spacing.
Last up was asst. coach Agler, whose new haircut added some fun to the session. Agler sported a newly shaved head. Coach Agler talked about the difference in playing in the empty arena, noting that everyone will be able to heard the plays called. Everyone will know more about all teams because of that. The session ended with a little more ribbing of coach Agler.
Everyone in the organization is positive about the team. The Wings finished last season with a record of 10-24 good for last place in the Western Conference. This season, they have a very young team, featuring three rookies, four 2nd year players and nobody older than 27. Everyone feels that the team will be good once they jell. The short season forces that process to happen quickly and their success will depend on how soon it starts coming together.
My coverage of the WNBA will be here, and You can check all of my WNBA videos on the Johngy's Beat WNBA playlist on YouTube.
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