I was back virtually "On the Beat" with the Chicago Sky from "the Wubble" in Bradenton, FL. Coach James Wade and players Kahleah Copper and Courtney Vandersloot took questions this session. I have already had the pleasure of talking to Coach Wade and Copper, but Vandersloot was new to me this season.
Coach Wade started by talking about the recent announcement of Kamala Harris as the Vice-Presidential candidate. Coach Wade then talked a bit about his haircut, keeping his barber's identity a secret, but assuring all that he is Covid-19 free. Coach Wade was in a much better mood than the last media session I attended, but the sting of questionable ref calls was not forgotten.
Copper talked about the quick turnarounds between games, how it affects her body and whather adjustments have been. A real athlete, Copper takes it in stride for the love of the game.
Vandersloot starred at Gonzaga before being selected by the Sky in the 1st round (3rd overall) in the 2011 WNBA draft. The 2x WNBA All-Star has played her entire career with the Sky. In nine seasons, she has played 271 games, averaging 9.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.2 steals and .4 blocks per game.
Vandersloot talked about the Sky programs within the communities. Like other WNBA teams, the Sky is very involve in social programs and social justice. She also answered my question about things she misses while in the bubble and also the best parts of being in the bubble.
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