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2019 Atlanta Dream (WNBA) Previews 

Post#1 » by lethalweapon3 » Thu May 23, 2019 4:09 pm

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For those of us here in America who love the sport, professional women’s basketball can be a joy to watch. For the participant athletes on the floor, though? In a word… it sucks!

Okay, that’s two words, plus it may be a tad too presumptuous a declaration. Still, from the outside looking in, choosing to make a significant part of one’s living as a WNBA player is to be constantly on defense.

Defending the veracity of one’s own athletic gifts to folks unworthy of any right to be judgmental, defending the value of the league and one’s fellow teammates and competitors, while bracing for constant sea changes in host cities, venues, practice facilities and/or ownership regimes. Around the clock, around the calendar. “De-fense!”

Lump all that with the average player, annually, just trying to outlast a thin roster cut line, to guarantee an oft-meager base salary that must be supplemented by income elsewhere, often outside the States, during the “offseasons”.

Trusting people in other global locales to uphold their alluring contract offers can be a sketchy proposition, too. Second-year Atlanta Dream forward Monique Billings, talking to Bleacher Report while playing in China during the “offseason,” cited one pro friend, “who played in some country in Europe three years ago,” and never got paid.

A few years ago, Angel McCoughtry’s star-laden team in Turkey tore up her contract in mid-season, for the “violation” of publicly celebrating an engagement to her fiancée back in America. Getting injured across the oceans, at any point, or taking trips home to attend to family emergencies, only imperils these tenuous contract agreements even further.

By the time North American players swim upstream through all the muck, all the red tape, all the cultural clashes, all the visa issues, just to share the floor at the tipoff of another WNBA season, you can almost hear a collective sigh of relief.

Speaking of collective, though, how much being a WNBA player “sucks”, in 2019 and years beyond, will be a constant bone of contention during and following this season, which concludes the terms of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The players’ union opted out of extending the CBA last fall. Through the media and the players themselves, we can expect to get an earful about conditions – from revenue shares and scheduling issues, to free agency restraints and the lack of charter flights – that need not be so spartan for an American professional league enjoying its third decade of existence.

24-7-365 hooping and hustling, for a living, takes its toll on bodies and spirits alike. For the Seattle Storm, Breanna Stewart put together one of the greatest championship-plus-MVP runs ever in 2018. Her reward was $57,000 base salary, plus a few thousands in extra compensation for her many singular and team-related achievements.

All of that, plus endorsement deals, might be enough to finance Stewie’s travel and lodging in the “offseason”. Not for vacation, but to play for international league clubs that are willing to pay anywhere from three to 15 times the average W player’s salary. Sadly, her American pay likely won’t be enough for the reigning WNBA MVP to cover rehab expenses for the Achilles she tore, playing in the FIBA Euroleague Final Four for Russia’s Dynamo Kursk last month. Now, she’ll miss the WNBA season, too.

We have surpassed a point where it is hard to discern the salary that is “primary” from the ones which are “supplemental.” McCoughtry, a relatively handsomely paid veteran at $115,000, took the 2017 WNBA season off to give her body, worn from global plus Olympic travel, a well-deserved respite.

Yet she lost more than just the chance to help lead the Dream, 2018’s regular season leader in the Eastern Conference (a franchise record 23-11), in their run toward the WNBA Finals when she suffered an ACL tear in a game last August. Angel lost opportunities to secure the heftier bags of overseas cash she earns in Russia (coincidentally, with Stewart’s Kursk squad) and Lebanon. She also lost the chance to join Stewie and claim gold for Team USA at the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup.

Whether McCoughtry can recuperate to play some, if any, of this year’s WNBA season remains up in the air. But economically, it would be rational if she chooses to sit another whole year out, saving her energies for more sizeable paydays elsewhere.

So, the WNBA season tips off soon, and there is no Stewart available. There won’t be any of Angel for awhile, if at all. No Maya Moore, the ATL-raised perennial champion who is spending this year connecting with family while doing ministry work.

There will be, maybe, a half-season of Diana Taurasi, who elected for surgery to alleviate back pain, just weeks ago, and hopes to return in July. Maybe some play later this season from Skylar Diggins-Smith, whose return to the floor after giving birth has no definitive timeline. Probably no Sue Bird, the venerable guard who announced arthroscopic surgery that will sideline her indefinitely just days ago.

Add in Candace Parker, who will miss several weeks due to a preseason hamstring injury, and Rebekkah Brunson, who remains unsigned as a free agent after suffering a concussion late last season, and that’s eight 2018 All-Stars, including a whopping six out of 10 All-Star starters, that won’t be on the floor as the 2019 season gets underway this weekend.

Make that nine, and seven, if Elena Delle Donne’s knee (same one she injured in last year’s semifinal versus Atlanta) keeps her on the sideline to start 2019. Australian Liz Cambage nearly refused to return to the WNBA – again – until she was traded to Las Vegas last week. And Chelsea Gray is arriving fresh from a full season across the Atlantic, having played in the Turkish League finals just last week.

The good news for Dream fans is that there is hardly a team better prepared to go into a season absent an All-Star than Atlanta. All-WNBA First Team and All-Defensive Second Team member Tiffany Hayes (career-highs 17.2 PPG and 2.7 APG) was a worthy 2018 All-Star guard in all but name. The hardware for Nicki Collen and Chris Sienko, respectively, for Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year in their first seasons at the helm here were well-deserved.

Sienko and Collen bring back as many as 8 players, not including McCoughtry, that secured an Eastern Conference championship banner and a first-round bye, stole back a playoff game on the road to earn a winner-take-all Game 5 at home, and fell just a few minutes and five points short of a trip to the WNBA Finals. Hayes and the Dream are, in a word, steel-tested. Oops, I did it again. Did the hyphen save me this time?

Even with all the absences and ailments, this 2019 edition of the WNBA remains, at its core, a Big Girl’s League. Sylvia Fowles (the only 2018 All-Star starter who both played preseason games and is certain to start in the season opener), Brittney Griner, Jonquel Jones, Natasha Howard and Tina Charles haven’t gone anywhere. After threatening not to return to the States, Cambage finally got her wish to be traded out of Dallas, and now she is in Las Vegas, lending her ear to Bill Laimbeer.

If she can stay healthy, Delle Donne would share the inside track to winning MVP with Cambage this year, and she has Emma Meesseman back after her single-season departure to help the WNBA Finalists load up in Washington. Nneka Ogwumike remains in L.A., and now, she has her sister, Chiney, and first-round pick Kalani Brown to team with, to say nothing of the legendary Parker.

It's a good thing Atlanta still has Elizabeth Williams and Jessica Breland as backstops in the frontcourt. The starting duo turned Dream games into their own personal block party last season, averaging 1.9 (Breland, 3rd in WNBA), and 1.8 (Williams, 4th in WNBA) swats per game. J-Bree (7.9 RPG, 7th in WNBA) was among just six WNBA players to average at least one block and one steal.

Extending from the style of play preferred by Collen’s coaching predecessor, Michael Cooper, Atlanta wants the wings to be active as help rebounders, and the scrappy swing players Hayes and Brittney Sykes (top-ten among WNBA non-bigs in RPG) are up to that task.

As a result, Dream opponents do snag a decent share of offensive rebounds (27.3 opponent O-Reb%, t-3rd in WNBA), but glass-crashing extra-chances are about the only way they have been able to keep up on the scoreboard. Only L.A. pushed foes to a higher turnover rate than Atlanta (18.3 opponent TO%, 2nd-highest in WNBA).

When Dream opponents were able to get shots off in possessions without turning it over, they were likely to either miss them outright, or suffer the shot-blocking wrath of Williams and Breland. Contributing to a league-low 46.8 eFG% were opponents’ 46.2 2FG% and 32.1 3FG% (each 2nd-lowest in WNBA).

Atlanta’s opponents compounded their own misery in 2018 by leaving points on the table at the free throw line (WNBA-low 77.9 opponent FT%). In the recently released GM survey, seven of the 11 other GMs (Sienko can’t vote for his own team) declared the Dream as the league’s best defensive unit entering 2019.

Last season, Atlanta continued to run teams ragged while pushing the second-highest full-court tempo in the league (81.9 possessions per-40). That was in keeping with a style that has been in place under several coaching regimes, going way back to when Angel was an emerging star.

Despite the mainstays, Collen and her staff continue to recalibrate the roster. Improved shooting (46.8 eFG% and 51.4 TS%, each 2nd-lowest in WNBA) was an offseason priority, and Atlanta was unable to make as big a free agent splash as they did with last year’s addition of veteran guard Renee Montgomery (37.1 3FG%, 3rd-best in WNBA among six players hitting at least two 3FGs per game).

Yet they are hoping for improved interior accuracy from Breland and Williams from the jump, while making strategic additions in hopes of better efficiency from both the field (46.5 2FG% and 31.8 3FG%, each 3rd-worst in WNBA) and the charity stripe (WNBA-worst 74.6 FT%, despite Montgomery’s 6th-best in WNBA 88.1 FT%).

Improved form, footwork and shot selection among teammates, theoretically, will alleviate Williams from having to thrive on the offensive glass, in turn keeping the pivot available to pick up more of the defensive rebounding share from Breland (4th in WNBA for D-Reb%). E-Dub’s wondrous turnaround in finishing plays, in and around the post (67.7 eFG% in final 17 games; 38.1 eFG% in first 17) was as commensurate with Atlanta’s surge up 2018’s standings as any other in-season development.

Getting Williams playing at a near-All-WNBA level on both ends of the court from the outset, a problem in recent seasons, will greatly help Atlanta during a home-friendly but otherwise arduous start to the 2019 season. Breland also made strides offensively during the Dream’s romp through August, averaging double-digits in scoring (12.1 PPG on 60.6 FG%), and it’s hoped that will carry forward into 2019.

Breland was unable to stretch her jump-shooting far beyond the paint in 2018, but while that would be a welcome development this year, it’s hoped that she will have more help spreading the floor. The Dream acquired second-year center Marie Gulich from Phoenix with a draft-night trade, then shipped a second-round pick to Las Vegas to bring in third-year combo forward Nia Coffey.

Doghoused in the back half of last season by Laimbeer following an ankle injury, Coffey has only had a chance to show glimpses of her potential, a situation that is likely to change as she becomes a key cog to alleviate Sykes and Breland as a reserve.
Coffey scored 18 points (2-for-4 3FGs) in a preseason win at New York. The 6-foot-5 Gulich also plied her wares (1-for-2 3FGs) in that game, a small signal that Collen intends to rely on her bigs to pick-and-pop from beyond the three-point line with greater frequency.

In 2018, August proved to be a torrid month for backcourt contributors as well. Alex Bentley struggled to get acclimated following her midseason acquisition from Connecticut, where she previously played under Collen and Sienko. But she settled in and came alive in six of her final eight regular season appearances (41-for-77 FGs in those six games, incl. 15-for-31 3FGs), then reached double-figure scoring tallies in all five of Atlanta’s WNBA semifinal contests against Washington.

Having Bentley, Coffey, Billings, veteran Haley Peters and Gulich together offers tantalizing potential for a cohesive second unit, something Atlanta is unaccustomed to in its own WNBA history. Completing the group of reserves is 2019 second-round draftee Maite Cazorla. The Spaniard guard still found ways to shine under the aura of Sabrina Ionescu at Oregon, hitting 41.2 percent of her three-point attempts with the Ducks, including a huge triple to help seal a trip to last month’s Final Four.

As this season wears on, the strength of Atlanta as a legitimate title contender, ultimately, is inextricably tied to Hayes’ continued improvement under Coach Nicki. A plurality of GMs picked Tip as “the most dangerous (WNBA player) in the open floor,” and she would likely have received an outright majority of votes had some not voted for McCoughtry or Sykes (the latter also voted, in a tie with ATLien Diamond DeShields of Chicago, as the league’s “most athletic” player).

The Dream’s starting shooting guard, however, shot barely above her career average on threes in 2018 (32.1 3FG%), a figure that slumped from 37.2 percent in 2017 and bolstered greatly by her post-snub torching of the nets during one game at Minnesota (6-for-11 3FGs) back in August.

Rebounds, hustle plays, clutch shooting, an uncanny ability to draw fouls and, now, stifling perimeter defense are all in the veteran guard’s bag. But Hayes adding a more consistent perimeter jumper, in the rhythm of Atlanta’s passing offense, positively changes the complexion of this entire team as well as any new addition possibly could.

While seemingly the entire league is in a state of flux on a variety of fronts, the Dream do get to return to their NBA-designed confines, State Farm Arena, after a two-season absence, with an award-winning coach-GM tag team in place to guide the core of a team that was on the cusp of the 2018 WNBA Finals.

Although many of these players are under contract for next year, with contentious CBA negotiations plus the Olympic Games around the corner, there’s not much certainty that there’ll be a 2020 WNBA championship, or even a season, in which the Dream could contend. Accordingly, the window to aim for the big prize is closing for Atlanta’s veteran talents.

Building around what has been working while improving what has not, Atlanta is hoping such stability will grant them a “leg up” on their daily competition, even as they have a star with a “leg down” waiting in the wings. If both “legs” prove to be strong by season’s end, this team could really be kicking at just the right time. And that wouldn’t suck at all. Word!

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Re: 2019 Atlanta Dream (WNBA) Previews 

Post#2 » by lethalweapon3 » Thu May 23, 2019 6:35 pm

Some welcome news for Hawks fans. Looks like Bob Rathbun is finally getting some summer time off!

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How much would you pay? While many pro ball teams rake in revenue for the treasure of having their games broadcast, the Atlanta Dream have been doling the cash out for years. In their case, to Fox Sports South/Southeast, with deals that included promotional ads and features during other sports broadcasts beyond just the games expertly called over the airwaves.

Alas, it’s a fledgling team in a fledgling league, and money’s getting tight. Soooo, Bob, and LaChina Robinson, how about a big ol’ paycut to help the Dream make ends meet? Take one for the team! No? Welp, now there are some nice, tall weeds in a yard somewhere that are wholly unprepared to endure the Wrath of Rathbun.

What that means is, those of us fortunate enough to have enjoyed over a score of Dream games on the telly every summer will now have to learn to love watching much more often on the computer, or tablet, or fancy phone. At least it won’t involve looking around for those sketchy Russian sites. Alternatively, us local yokels could get off our duff more often, and head to State Farm Arena to watch these ladies live and in full effect.

Welcome South, Sister! Atlanta’s WSB is picking up where FSSE (don’t cry for them, they’ve got Atlanta United games now) left off… to a degree. The legendary local station plans to “air” 18 broadcasts of Dream games (10 home, 8 road), including Friday’s home opener at State Farm Arena against whatever’s left of the Dallas Wings.

All you MARVEL Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans need to chill. The ABC affiliate isn’t pre-empting network programming to show the games on Channel 2. Rather, Atlanta Dream games will be “streamed” locally, via WSB NOW, which can be watched via wsbtv.com, or from a WSBTV news app that millennials and get-off-my-lawn cord-cutters alike can download for free via Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

Andy Demetra and Amy Audibert will be your respective summer replacements for Bob and LaChina. The Dream aren’t completely off the boob tube, though.

Atlanta-based cable channel BounceTV (digital channel 2.2) will present 4 of these WSB-produced games. Still a team without a Rated-R superstar, the Dream gets one ESPN game in June (the network does like to pick up games with contending teams later in the year).

CBS Sports Network is stepping up with a new WNBA deal, so that’s going to be 8 more Dream games on TV, including next Friday’s home game versus what’s left of the defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm. I’ve been actively politicking to get Rathbun on there as the main play-by-play announcer – he won’t split your eardrums on a great clutch play like ESPN’s Ruocco will.

The league is continuing its partnership with Twitter, so 6 games will be livestreamed, allowing fans and others to make snarky comments and stuff. NBA TV hasn’t yet chimed in, but there’s only 3 Dream road games left that aren’t being aired on any platform. (UPDATE: it just dropped, so I'll update it below. Remember home-game blackouts apply in the ATL TV market.)

From a competitiveness standpoint, Atlanta’s strength-of-schedule is high in the lead-up to the All-Star Break in July, including a home-road back-to-back pair in games #2 and 3. But the schedule is also quite home-friendly, with seven games at The Farm out of the first ten, and no back end of a road back-to-back (and no super-late-night tip-offs) until after Independence Day.

The Dream showed mastery of Coach Nicki and Sienko’s former team, the Connecticut Sun, in 2018, and they’d love to have that continue against the only WNBA rival they’ll play four times. All of the Sun games are prior to the All-Star Break.

Angel McCoughtry today tweeted that she’s “starting to feel great again.” If that can be read to assume she might be back up to speed by the Break, then it would steel yet another late-season run just as the schedule strength eases a bit. But the Dream will want to build up momentum with big wins in front of the home crowd downtown in the opening months.

No, we won’t have the reliability of flipping to just one or two channels to get our Dream fix in. But other WNBA teams have fared far worse with their viewing options for a while, and what we will have in place of Bob and LaChina (the latter of whom we will see, plenty, on ESPN’s family of networks) is better than nothing. Shabby? Yes. But not too shabby! Enjoy your summer, Bob!

2019 ATLANTA DREAM SCHEDULE
((home opponents in CAPS, all times Eastern))

Friday, May 24, DALLAS, 7:30 PM, WSB NOW
Friday, May 31, SEATTLE, 7:30 PM, CBSSN
Saturday, June 1, at Washington, 7 PM, WSB NOW
Thursday, June 6, LAS VEGAS, 7 PM, CBSSN
Sunday, June 9, CONNECTICUT, 3 PM, WSB NOW
Saturday, June 15, at Dallas, 8 PM, NBATV
Wednesday, June 19, INDIANA, 11 AM, Bounce/Twitter
Friday, June 21, at Connecticut, 7:30 PM, WSB NOW
Sunday, June 23, WASHINGTON, 1 PM, ESPN
Sunday, June 30, NEW YORK, 3 PM, WSN NOW
Tuesday, July 2, at Minnesota, 8 PM, CBSSN
Friday, July 5, at Seattle, 10 PM, WSB NOW
Sunday, July 7, at Phoenix, 6 PM, WSB NOW
Wednesday, July 10, CONNECTICUT, 11 AM, Bounce/WSB NOW/NBATV
Friday, July 12, MINNESOTA, 7:30 PM, WSB NOW
Sunday, July 14, LOS ANGELES, 3 PM, WSB NOW/NBATV
Wednesday, July 17, at Chicago, 12 PM, Bounce/Twitter
Friday, July 19, at Connecticut, 7:30 PM, WSB NOW/NBATV
Sunday, July 21, at Washington, 3 PM, Bounce/WSB NOW/NBATV
Tuesday, July 23, LOS ANGELES, 7 PM, Twitter
ALL-STAR GAME, Saturday, July 27 in Las Vegas
Wednesday, July 31, at Indiana, 7 PM, CBSSN
Saturday, August 3, CHICAGO, 7 PM, WSB NOW
Tuesday, August 6, MINNESOTA, 7 PM, Twitter
Saturday, August 10, at Indiana, 4 PM, CBSSN
Tuesday, August 13, at Las Vegas, 10 PM, Twitter
Friday, August 16, at Phoenix, 10 PM, CBSSN
Tuesday, August 20, CHICAGO, Twitter
Friday, August 23, at New York, 7:30 PM, CBSSN
Sunday, August 25, at Dallas, 4 PM
Thursday, August 29, PHOENIX, 7:30 PM, WSB NOW/NBATV
Sunday, September 1, at Seattle, 7 PM, WSB NOW/NBATV
Tuesday, September 3, at Los Angeles, 10:30 PM
Thursday, September 5, LAS VEGAS, 7 PM, CBSSN
Sunday, September 8, NEW YORK, 4 PM, WSB NOW

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Post#3 » by HMFFL » Thu May 23, 2019 9:27 pm

I enjoy watching the WNBA and wagering on it.
Tomorrow we host Dallas and it won't be an easy win.
Go Dream!

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Post#4 » by northcyde » Fri May 24, 2019 11:26 am

HMFFL wrote:I enjoy watching the WNBA and wagering on it.
Tomorrow we host Dallas and it won't be an easy win.
Go Dream!

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The gameplay in the league is so much cleaner than it was even 5 years ago. And even the "bad" teams aren't so horrible to watch. From a wagering standpoint, do you play straight bets on the spread, or do you use a service like Draft Kings and play fantasy?
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Post#5 » by northcyde » Fri May 24, 2019 1:10 pm

In this new collective bargaining agreement, the WNBA needs to address this compensation issue. While the league can't be considered to be "booming", it is pretty stable across the board. The top players in the league having to go overseas just to make a decent income, shouldn't have to happen. The NBA is a "players league", so they need to start treating the WNBA as such.

My suggestions:

1) Players get a flat 24 million allocated toward salaries in their next CBA in the next 4 years ( I know the league is losing money, but so are 40% of NBA teams, so they say ). If the NBA is the primary financial backer of the WNBA, they should pump enough money into that league to keep the top players stateside.

* The NBA itself should be responsible for that 24 mill player amount
* WNBA should then use all other league revenue for operations expenses, executive pay, coaches pay, etc.

2) From that 24 million Increase each team's salary cap to a minimum 2 million ( salary cap is currently 976K ) with a minimum salary floor of 750K.

3) Enable the top player on each team to make a MAX of 25% of their team's cap ( which is 500K ) if the team desires to pay an elite player that salary. This is on par with what the top players can make overseas, thus, keeping them in the United States, and giving them adequate rest throughout the year.

4) Go to a tiered 1st year salary structure for 1st round draft picks ( #1 pick gets 175K - #12 pick gets 100K in year 1 )

5) Raise the minimum salary to $65,000 ( up from $41,000 )

6) DRASTICALLY increase the top players off the court visibility, in order to promote their faces and the league itself. With the top players staying "home", their constant promotion of the league should become the priority during the offseason, as well as using social media to promote themselves.

7) Just for eye candy reasons and social media alone, find a way to add the Gonzalez Twins to the league. IDGAF if they're the 12th woman on the bench. Get them in the league, and let them be the social media darlings of the WNBA.

For the Dream, here's what their salary structure could look like:

- Tiffany Hayes: 500K
- Angel McCoughtry: 400K ( probably less this season, seeing that she'll be out for a while )
- Renee Montgomery: 150K
- Monique Billings: 125K
- Remaining 8 players : 500K

- Total Payroll: 1.675 mill ( basic number )
- Cap room: 325K ( basic number )

I've never liked the fact that in the WNBA, the top players in the league are only making like 115K, while the 9th woman on the team could be making 50K. Not only are those amounts too low, but the wage gap between the top player and fringe bench player isn't wide enough. If Angel and Tiffany are the "face of the franchise", don't be paying them like their importance on the team is 10% apiece. Both are at least 50% of the reason why the Dream win, if not more.
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Re: 2019 Atlanta Dream (WNBA) Previews 

Post#6 » by lethalweapon3 » Fri May 24, 2019 8:44 pm

First test of the WSB NOW online feature begins this evening, for those unable to get to The Farm for the game against the Dallas Wings (7:30 PM Eastern). I don't wanna hyperlink it here but after wsbtv dot com, add a forward slash and "live-stream" (without the quotes, naturally, but with the hyphen), and you're golden.

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Post#7 » by DirtybirdGA » Fri May 24, 2019 11:55 pm

The guide says it's on NBA TV, but the starters are on. Fss has acc baseball stuff...oh well I'll tune in some other day.
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Post#8 » by HMFFL » Sat May 25, 2019 2:15 am

Dream had been favored by 10 points in the game vs Dallas today. 76-72 win

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Post#9 » by lethalweapon3 » Sat May 25, 2019 3:39 am



Must-read reading about tonight's heroine for the Dream, J-Breezy!

https://www.ozy.com/the-huddle/she-survived-cancer-to-thrive-in-the-wnba-now-she-runs-a-spa/93989

SHE SURVIVED CANCER TO THRIVE IN THE WNBA. NOW SHE RUNS A SPA


Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore, who went to Bertie High School at the same time as (Jessica) Breland, remembers her scoring 101 points across two nights in a tournament back then, passing over double- and triple-teams to make big shots for her team. And she would be the last to brag about it. “She doesn’t really blow things out of proportion,” Bazemore says. “She takes it a day at a time and keeps her head down.”


Opened in 2018, BR3 spa in Durham, North Carolina, has grown to five employees. Breland says it’s hitting her targets for year one and she’s recruiting more employees. The spa has gotten enough buzz to draw Duke basketball superstars Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett during the season. They played for the archrival of Breland’s alma mater, the Tar Heels, but, hey, business is business.


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Post#10 » by graymule » Sat May 25, 2019 6:29 pm

:D

Opening season win and very exciting game.

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Post#11 » by lethalweapon3 » Sat May 25, 2019 7:08 pm

Jameelah always gets the best gameday pictures.

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Re: 2019 Atlanta Dream (WNBA) Previews 

Post#12 » by lethalweapon3 » Fri May 31, 2019 5:35 pm

DirtybirdGA wrote:The guide says it's on NBA TV, but the starters are on. Fss has acc baseball stuff...oh well I'll tune in some other day.


Just a reminder (see notes and schedule above) there's no more FSS or FSSE for the Dream, unfortunately. Tonight's game for the out-of-town fans (7:30 PM Eastern), versus technically the defending WNBA champ Seattle Storm at State Farm Arena, will be on CBS Sports Network.

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NBATV had to wait until the very last minute for teams like the Dream and Liberty to sew up their local TV deals (they usually simulcast those games, instead of broadcasting them alone), and probably forgot they had Dream-Wings on the schedule in pencil (Cambage's trade to LV probably had something to do with the last-minute switch to Liberty-Fever, following The Starters, last week, too). Their WNBA schedule is probably up-to-date on our cable listings going forward.

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Re: 2019 Atlanta Dream (WNBA) Previews 

Post#13 » by DirtybirdGA » Sat Jun 1, 2019 1:00 am

Cool, thanks for explaining, I wasn't paying close attention.. lol
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Post#14 » by lethalweapon3 » Sat Jun 1, 2019 3:58 pm

Ewww! Only a couple thousand people showed up Friday evening for the yuck-fest that the Dream put out there, and maybe a thousand of them want their money back.

Sure, it's early, but borderline All-Star talents Tiffany Hayes and Elizabeth Williams have to start performing like more than borderline WNBA roster players, and soon. They'll get another shot tonight in D.C. at the Mystics' new mini-arena (7:00 PM Eastern, streaming online at WSB NOW), with Elena Delle Donne expected to make her season debut for the Styx, while a banged-up Kristi Toliver is also probable to play.

It's the only back-to-back of the season, but if anybody's worried about weary legs for Atlanta, they only need to see what Seattle did here on two days' rest to find inspiration.


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Post#15 » by lethalweapon3 » Thu Jun 6, 2019 5:22 pm

Four days off following a disappointing home/road back-to-back for the Dream, who are back at State Farm Arena tonight. They've struggled to make productive plays within their offensive comfort zones, and things won't come any easier today, as Liz Cambage is in town with the Las Vegas Aces (7:00 PM Eastern, CBS Sports Network).

Sharing the floor for Bill Laimbeer's club are the last three #1 overall picks, including 2019 rookie Jackie Young and the supremely talented forward A'ja Wilson. The odds-on favorites to win the WNBA Finals (now that Cambage, so far playing in limited minutes off the bench, has arrived there via trade), the Aces are, like Atlanta, 1-2 on the early season, and their second-half slide in Sunday's home loss to Connecticut reveals they have plenty of kinks to work through, too.

As for the Dream , between guards Renee Montgomery and Alex Bentley, somebody has to take on the floor-leading playmaker role for an Atlanta team that ranks dead-last in assists. Who will take charge, push the tempo, and keep the ball moving?


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Re: 2019 Atlanta Dream (WNBA) Previews 

Post#16 » by lethalweapon3 » Fri Jun 7, 2019 4:51 am

Not just pictures, but Jameelah takes great video, too!

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Post#17 » by lethalweapon3 » Sun Jun 9, 2019 5:08 pm

If you're headed to watch the downtrodden Dream try to get back on the good foot against Jonquel Jones and the Connecticut Sun (3 PM Eastern, streaming online via WSB NOW), this is as good a day as any to take MARTA.

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If you're going to Streets Alive downtown (stretches from Decatur through West Midtown between 2-8 PM) and the rains come or it gets too hot, hanging out at the Dream game between 3 and 5, and enjoying the food and A/C, may be a fine idea!

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Re: 2019 Atlanta Dream (WNBA) Previews 

Post#18 » by lethalweapon3 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:17 pm

IF YOU DARE! The two worst teams in the W thus far suit up in the Metroplex tonight. The Atlanta Dream (1-4) have vanquished just one foe so far, the Dallas Wings in the season opener. But Brian Agler's winless Wings (0-5) have the Dream in their house (8:00 PM Eastern, NBATV) this time around.

Both teams continue to miss their franchise faces (Angel McCoughtry and Skylar Diggins-Smith) and it is certainly showing. Dallas has been lumbering on offense and gets unglued too easily on defense, particularly outside the paint. Having brought NCAA player of the year Megan Gustafson back into the fold, the Wings hope to get up enough shots to outlast Atlanta and their anemic offense (less than one assist per TO; dead-last in FG%, 3FG%, and FT%).

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Re: 2019 Atlanta Dream (WNBA) Previews 

Post#19 » by graymule » Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:37 pm

If only the Dream could shoot !! Maybe, tonight.....
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Re: 2019 Atlanta Dream (WNBA) Previews 

Post#20 » by HMFFL » Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:44 pm

Must win tonight vs 0-5 Dallas

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