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Jun 30, 2016

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For what seems like forever, the Atlanta Dream has had issues at the point guard position. Shoni Schimmel, Sydney Carter, Jasmine Thomas, and Celine Dumerc have been on the roster, and that is not even beginning to go through the large quantity of draft picks and free agents that have been brought into camp only to not be the solution.

So when the Dream waived Ariel Massengale, Niya Johnson, and Jordan Jones, right before the season, skeptics just thought "same old Dream."

However, on the same day of a few of those releases, Atlanta traded a second round pick in 2017 to the Indiana Fever for Layshia Clarendon, the Fever's fourth-year backup point guard.

Clarendon had carved a comfortable niche in Indiana, playing decent minutes off the bench, and also being an advocate in the politically conservative Indiana market for the LGBT community.

She has been a vital cog to a revitalized Dream team. Along with center Elizabeth Williams, Clarendon has slid into the lineup and the Dream got off to a 6-1 start. They are currently facing adversity for the first time, dropping four in a row and facing Los Angeles in an afternoon game out west.

For her part, Clarendon is playing career high minutes, and is contributing career highs in virtually every statistical category. She is scoring nearly double her previous high of 6.7 points per game by scoring over 12 points per game this year.

Off the court, she is enjoying the diversity of the Atlanta community, and remains as outspoken a leader as ever. Clarendon admits on the podcast she would probably be this much of an advocate regardless of her job, but having the social media presence that comes with her basketball career makes it even more vital to her.

Clarendon has written for The Players' Tribune about her faith, and recently in Esquire wrote about overlooking the "T" in "LGBT."

Her social media presence after the tragedy in Orlando was a combination of confidence, outrage, encouragement, and sadness, all at once.  It is no surprise that she was named Outsports' Female Hero of the Year for 2015.

It is a pleasure to welcome Laychia Clarendon to the Dishin & Swishin podcast, as together we fought through an interview interrupted by probably the loudest airport PA system ever.

Topics covered include:

  • Getting traded from Indiana to Atlanta
  • Being a part of the Dream and the early season success
  • Activisim, why and how it is important to her
  • The role of athletes in social activism, and the pressure put on them

and much more.

Thank you to Layshia Clarendon for being an outstanding role model in the community; a person encouraging individuality and tolerance of everyone.

Enjoy the podcast!

M.E. Lawrence
over two years ago

I see Layshia as a future mayor of Atlanta. Very proud that a Cal WBB grad conducts herself with such grace and dedication.