WNBA’s Griner back in Russian court as trial continues

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — American basketball star Brittney Griner faced a Russian court again on Friday as her drug possession trial resumed after she pleaded guilty to the charges. Griner’s defense lawyers presented evidence that the basketball player received permission from Arizona health authorities to use cannabis for chronic pain. “The attending physician gave Brittney … Read more

Becky Hammon thriving in first season as coach of the Aces

NEW YORK (AP) — When Becky Hammon knew it was time to leave the NBA last winter after being an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs for eight seasons, she was faced with a tough choice. She had to choose between the two WNBA franchises she once played for, and both lobbied hard to … Read more

WNBA’s Griner gets support at trial from character witnesses

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — Brittney Griner’s drug possession trial resumed Thursday with the head of the Russian club she plays for in the offseason and a teammate from that squad testifying in support of her character and what the WNBA star has meant for women’s basketball in the country. Griner, who pleaded guilty last week, … Read more

Petition to prioritize freeing Brittney Griner launched by WNBPA

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom for a hearing in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia. More than four months after she was arrested at a Moscow airport for cannabis possession, American basketball star Brittney Griner had a preliminary hearing ahead of her trial. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) Alexander … Read more

Griner’s extended detention disappointing to her WNBA family

New York coach Sandy Brondello was on her way to her team’s Friday morning shootaround when she heard the “disappointing” news that Russia had extended Brittney Griner’s pre-trial detention another 30 days. Griner’s original detention date was set to end on May 19. The two-time Olympic gold medalist who plays for the Phoenix Mercury, was … Read more

LeBron critical on his show of US efforts to get Griner home

LeBron James is publicly criticizing the United States’ handling of WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner’s case in a trailer for an upcoming episode of his television show: “The Shop: Uninterrupted.” Griner is on trial in Russia for drug possession. She pleaded guilty last week and will appear again in court on Thursday. “Now, how can she … Read more

EXPLAINER: Why WNBA players go overseas to play in offseason

Russia has been a popular destination for WNBA players like Brittney Griner over the past two decades because of the money they can make playing there in the winter. With top players earning more than $1 million — nearly quadruple what they can make as a base salary in the WNBA — Griner, Breanna Stewart, … Read more

WNBA All-Star Weekend Showcases the League’s Biggest Names

Brittney Griner #15, Breanna Stewart #10 and A’ja Wilson #9 of the USA Women’s National Team stand on the court during a break in the 2021 WNBA All-Star Game at Michelob ULTRA Arena on July 14, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Photo: Ethan Miller (Getty Images) It’s a big weekend for … Read more

Sabrino Ionescu a bright spot for NY basketball

The best point guard in NYC.Image: Getty Images New Yorkers are always lamenting the Knicks’ lack of a great point guard, bemoaning the franchise’s inability to find an orchestrator worthy of their high basketball standards. I’ll never forget the one game I went to at Madison Square Garden when a couple of guys who clearly … Read more

Cards in the WNBA: 2022 Midseason Update

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With the 2022 WNBA All-Star Game just a couple days away, we have officially reached the halfway point of the 2022 WNBA season. While there weren’t any former Louisville women’s basketball players voted as All-Stars, several former Cards have made an impact across the association.  As of Jul. 8, there have been seven former … Read more