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Apr 29, 2016

Welcome to the first Dishin & Swishin podcast on its own website! Thank you for following us here, and we look forward to providing the same great content and information you have become accustomed to hearing on other sites.

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Last season Kelsey Bone led the Connecticut Sun in scoring, rebounding, and blocks, while hitting over 50 percent of her shots. She was named to her first All-Star team, and was rewarded with the 2015 WNBA Most Improved Player award.

Still, the 6'4 Texan could not wait to get to training camp to start her fourth year in the WNBA. She is on a team that believes in her; one that feels she is evolving into one of the best true centers in the league. Add in a somewhat disappointing finish to her season in Turkey and the concerns of terrorism in the world, and Bone was thrilled to get home for the start of Curt Miller's first training camp.

However Bone is now playing for her third coach in four years. Miller is her first non-post sized coach, after playing for Bill Laimbeer and Anne Donovan previously. Miller, Bone jokes, is even small for a guard never mind a post!

Bone likes the difference thus far; her father was a guard and coached her throughout her life, so she feels she sees the game like a guard. Miller's system with spacing the floor suits Bone's game well, and, if he'll let her take an occasional three-pointer in transition, all the better.

With the Sun on track to be the youngest team in the league for the second straight year, Bone is one of the veterans, well, at least until Camille Little returns from Europe to steer the ship along with guard Jasmine Thomas.

As intelligent and outspoken a player the WNBA has, Bone takes her role seriously, both with the team and in the community, and is not shy about expressing her opinion or concerned about rubbing people the wrong way. This week, for example, she pointed out on Twitter what she sees are politics impacting USA Basketball, despite her team's General Manager being on the player selection committee.

It was a pleasure catching up with Kelsey Bone at Connecticut Sun media day. Some of the topics we discussed include:

  • The role of Little as a leader on the Sun, and her importance
  • Adjusting to new teammates, entry passes and spacing
  • Teaching the rookies the life of a professional, including the in-the-paint tutoring of rookie Jonquel Jones
  • Her role models and players she emulates, from the NBA and the impact of the WNBA on her life from youth
  • Where does the game go from here? Suggestions to grow the game

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