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Sky wanting to break ‘unwritten rules’ of WNBA with new defensive focus

1 year agoKarli Bell

Chicago Sky head coach and general manager James Wade knows all eyes are on his brand new roster and if this team will gel together come May 19 when the WNBA season tips off.

“I think when you … have a player like [Kahleah Copper], and you know that’s going to be the face of the franchise going forward, you try to find a roster that will compliment her qualities, the things she likes to do and the way that she likes to play,” Wade said.

The Sky added four free agents and brought Marina Mabrey over in a four-team trade during the offseason. Now that the entire roster is starting to come together, Wade set some high goals outside of just winning ball games.

“It has nothing to do with results. It’s more about how we play,” Wade said. “The finite goals are really for us to play together and how we play together defensively and offensively. 

“I would really like to be one of the top defensive teams in the league, if not the best defensive team in the league, and break the glass ceiling of ‘You can’t do that in the WNBA, because it’s so many games or because pro players don’t play with that much energy.’ I want to break those unwritten rules about that.”

Watch the full interview above.

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