Kelsey Plum Rumors
Kevin Durant spoke with WNBA players Breanna Stewart and Kelsey Plum on the “Stewie’s World” podcast Tuesday about a lot of things but mostly where he is on his return to play after COVID-19 short-circuited his rehab. “I’ve been playing 3-on-3’s for like three months,” he told the two who like him have both suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. “Four times a week. Next phase is to playing more 5-on-5. I was doing it before the pandemic but now it’s hard to get 10 guys on the court during COVID so I think that the next step is to get some good runs in the next couple of months, couple of weeks.” And, he noted about next season, “whenever they come, you’ve got to be ready.”
CBS News recently caught up with five current NBA stars at the premiere of 2K Sports’ NBA 2K19 and asked them two questions about the WNBA: Are they fans and who are their favorite players? Jayson Tatum: “I love the WNBA! I was just in Portland, Oregon, doing some Nike stuff and Kelsey Plum was there. Diana Taurasi and the shot she made [against the Seattle Storm]. A’ja [Wilson], I’ve known her for a long time. Brianna Stewart. They have a lot of great players.”
In the summer of 2015, Kelsey Plum walked into the pickup game of her life. Inside Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, nine guys were looking for a 10th player. With nobody available from the University of Washington men’s basketball team, the nine were assessing their options when Plum entered the gym. “Oh, perfect,” one of them said. “We need you.”
Plum, 5-foot-8 and 145 pounds, looked across the floor and wondered whom she would guard. In front of her stood 7-1 Spencer Hawes of the Charlotte Hornets, 6-7 Quincy Pondexter of the New Orleans Pelicans, and 6-6 Tony Wroten of the Philadelphia 76ers. Also on the floor were 5-9 Isaiah Thomas, a future All-Star with the Boston Celtics, and 5-9 Nate Robinson, who won three slam dunk championships as a New York Knick.
Ask Will Conroy, an assistant men’s basketball coach at Washington. Two years of playing one-on-one and plenty of pickup with Plum inspired a startling assessment. “She’s got an NBA game,” Conroy told the Seattle Times, “because she plays against a lot of the NBA guys in the summers.”