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Apr 21, 2017

In their own words podcasts are just that, the words of the guest as spoken and unedited. You can hear the voice inflection, the background conversation and anything else to help frame the context of the interview.

To quote the Grateful Dead, what a long strange trip it's been! And it's only been just over a week since the WNBA draft started the ball rolling.

Since that time, Kelsey Plum, winner of every major award in Division I women's college basketball was selected number one overall by the San Antonio Stars, the subject of trade rumors that didn't come to happen on draft night (or after that), was rumored to be unhappy and possibly not going to San Antonio (not true), and had her agent blast the franchise for what she thought was a possible mistake in not trading Plum to a team that seemed to want her more.

Today Plum arrived in San Antonio. She signed her contract. She went on a full scale promotional media blitz, including local television and meeting the beat writers covering the Stars. She handled it all like a seasoned veteran, flashing the smile that Stars' fans are going to love, talking about how much she enjoyed playing with Moriah Jefferson on USA basketball, and praising her meeting with head coach Vickie Johnson (who it was rumored did not want to draft her.

To read more about Plum's meeting with the local media, Shattered Backboard's Alley Steadham has you covered here.

At the end of the day, Plum still had the energy and enthusiasm to climb on the phone with Dishin & Swishin host David Siegel for the first "in their own words" segment of the 2017 WNBA basketball season.

Plum talked about the whirlwind experience of becoming a pro, meeting the people of San Antonio and cracking festival eggs on their heads (video available online, playing defense for one of the great defensive guards in WNBA history (VJ), earning a portion of Mike Neighbors' new paycheck at Arkansas, being a role model and using her voice, and more.

Enjoy our chat, and good luck settling in Kelsey Plum!