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What are your memories of draft day?
I remember we all kept fighting over what we were going to wear. Picking out outfits. Also, talking over where we were going to be drafted. You hear all sorts of things, but you never know.
How much has the whole draft day experience changed from when you entered the league until now?
Oh, it makes me happy. You see all of the behind the scenes. They've added a lot of elements to the draft, not only helping the girls with hair and makeup, but helping the girls with the experience of becoming a pro athlete. How to approach the business side of it. It makes me happy to see the growth.
hey swin,love watching your play and wish you the best in chi town. what do you think it will take for the sky to make the playoffs this year.
First, I give a lot of credit to Coach and the organization. I'm really excited about the team that they've put together so far. Now it's about staying healthy. It will be a tough year for all of the WNBA teams because of the Olympics. That will be our top priority going into camp is getting adjusted to the new system.
How nervous were you before you heard your name called?
I was really nervous, because before the draft, everything I was hearing I was going to Washington. I remember hearing that Sue getting picked No. 1 to Seattle. We were joking with her. Then I sat down and heard that Detroit picked me. I was shocked. I didn't hear anything about them picking me. But it was great for me. There were a lot of nerves.
How are you going to make the Chicago fans embrace you?
I've been to Chicago a few things already doing some chartible work. We really want to not only embrace Chicago on the basketball side, but the philanthropic side as well. If we work really hard and fight every single game, the fans will appreciate that. That's the mentality that we will come in with. The wins will take care of themselves.
best basketball memory?
Ooooh....that's tough! I've been really blessed to win championships at every level that I've played. One of the most amazing things is being able to play for your country. Having that Olympic gold medal put around my neck was pretty special. But every championship has its own place in my heart.
Are you a Chicago Bulls fan?
Yes, actually. That's the one thing that I missed in Seattle that we had in Detroit. I was in Detroit during the Pistons runs and we had our good teams with our teams. I missed that NBA feel. Chicago is a huge sports town. I hope we can carve a little piece for the Sky. I'm excited for that challenge.
Who inspires you?
Off the court, my mother inspired me. She's a woman that works really hard every single day. She's working as hard now as when I was little. Seeing that work ethic, when people talk about my aggressive style, I don't know any other way, that's what I get from my mom. In sports, Magic Johnson. Not only what he does off the court but off the court, having the social awareness and the philanthropy. I try to work and grow like someone like him.
What is your fondest memory of your WNBA draft day experience?
One of my fondest memories was after we all got drafted, we had a moment in the back to take pictures and sit down. We all realized it's over. That college and UConn is done. We were going to step out into the real world and become women with Sue Bird, Jones, Williams and myself.
were you surprised by the trade?
Yeah, I was surprised, but with my faith, everything, I believe, happens for a reason. I look forward to the challenge ahead in Chicago. I am thankful for my time in Seattle and my memories there.
what kind of pizza do you like? are you a fan of Chicago deep dish?
Yes. In one of my first trips to Chicago, I went out and tried different pizzas. I love to eat, so I'll have a grand time in Chicago.
I just want to thank all of the fans for all of your support. I look forward to the new challenges ahead in Chicago and in the Olympics. Follow me at SwinCash.com and on Twitter: @SwinCash.