I arrived in Minnesota early ahead of the 2018 WNBA ALl-Star Weekend to take in a New York Liberty game … in Minnesota. Tuesday was the final game before the All-Star break for both teams and what an exciting one it was!
Despite getting out to a strong start, the Liberty fell to the Lynx 85-82 behind 27 points by Slyvia Fowles. Tina Charles posted 32 points and 15 rebounds in the 18th loss of the season for New York.
In my latest for High Post Hoops, I ask some difficult questions about the 2018 New York Liberty season, including the future of rookie head coach Katie Smith. While the Liberty’s struggles preceded her time at the helm, one has to guess the coaching strategy should at least be evaluated in the context of what could be the worst season in franchise history.
Katie Smith is a legend in women’s basketball at all levels. I am of the opinion that Katie Smith is good for the future of basketball. The challenge ahead is to find a way to empower her team to win.
I do think hard decisions will be made (and probably should have been made in respect to a trade, earlier in the season). However, having Smith take the fall for a franchise that has slowly slid into a lull in what is likely the most competitive season in WNBA history, should not be one of them.
Read the article on High Post Hoops HERE.