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WNBA: Teresa Weatherspoon talks expectations for Chicago Sky

WNBA: Teresa Weatherspoon talks expectations for Chicago Sky

When it comes to basketball, Teresa Weatherspoon knows a thing or two about how to play the game the right way: with grit, determination and passion.

As she begins her stint as the head coach of the Chicago Sky, she will rely on those tangibles that have guided her career as a player, coach and director of player development, and now will steer her through what is already becoming one of the most highly-anticipated WNBA seasons ever.

Just as she is starting anew, so is the Sky.

After an offseason in which the team lost much of the remaining core that led them to the title in 2021, along with some key veteran talent, the Sky were able to snatch some experience in a series of trades and signings, bringing Brianna Turner, Chennedy Carter, Lindsey Allen and 2021 champion Diamond DeShields to Chicago to play alongside fellow veterans Elizabeth Williams, Isabelle Harrison and Dana Evans. The team also hit the jackpot in the draft with the selections of Kamilla Cardoso at No. 3 and Angel Reese at No. 7.

Still, it is no secret that the Sky will have an uphill climb this season, one made more difficult by the sidelining of Cardoso for at least six weeks after she suffered shoulder injury in the preseason game against the Minnesota Lynx. With all that in mind, Weatherspoon understands the importance of taking it one game at a time, especially with so much publicity surrounding Reese and Cardoso.

At the conclusion of a team practice this past weekend, she spoke to Swish Appeal about the current state of the team, her hopes and aspirations from a coaching perspective and her emphasis on being in the moment.


Here you are on the cusp of the season beginning on May 15, how are you feeling?

We feel pretty good about ourselves. The work that we are putting in, the growth we’re gaining every single day because that is our goal…to grow and be better every day. So of course when you see us growing, you see us getting better, it’s always a great sign. That’s what we’re looking for.

With all the anticipation, all the hype surrounding this team, particularly with Angel and Kamila, how have you been able to keep the players together and focused on the task at hand?

They’re very professional. So it’s not something I have to speak about. They know what…

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