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Because the WNBA’s new Commissioner, Cathy Engelbert, apparently has a dollop or two of common sense, she green-lighted private flights for both the Aces, who were flying from Vegas to Washington to play the Mystics, and the Los Angeles Sparks, who were flying from L.A. to Connecticut to play the Sun in the league’s other semifinal series, on Monday. That this news was received so joyously around the WNBA speaks to the folly of its teams still having to fly 99 percent of the time on commercial flights, whether they’re going from Chicago to Minnesota, or from New York to Phoenix. It is bug(bleep) insane that this is still a thing, in 2019, in a league subsidized by the NBA — an $8 billion company.
“Our (original) travel plans were to get up at 3 o’clock in the morning (Monday), be at the airport at 3:30, take a 5:30 flight, connect through Chicago with an hour layover, and get in at 5:30 in the middle of traffic in Washington, D.C.,” Aces coach Bill Laimbeer said after the game. “Well, I mean, come on.” The Aces were thus able to celebrate their miraculous last-second win over Chicago late Sunday (I already loved ESPN analyst LaChina Robinson, but dropping “zero clock awareness” into her call as Vegas’ Dearica Hamby inexplicably pulled up from 35 feet with plenty of time left endears her to me even more) with friends and family Sunday evening, sleep in at least a couple of hours later Monday morning than normal and get to D.C. in four-plus hours on an MGM plane — the team is owned by MGM Resorts International — instead of nine-plus hours.
Fisher did a ton of journaling before he addressed the Los Angeles Sparks as their new head coach this spring. Thinking through what he would say. What his players needed to hear. The way he hoped they’d learn to play together. The WNBA championship he hoped they’d chase this season. A chase that continues Tuesday (ESPN2, 6:30 p.m. ET) when third-seeded Los Angeles plays the Connecticut Sun in Game 1 of the WNBA semifinals. But when he stepped in front of his new team for the first time, before a practice this spring, Fisher knew only one thing mattered: He had to be real with them about his past. “The first step I tried to take was to equalize myself and be very honest with the players about my life,” Fisher said.
1 month ago via ESPN