Seattle Times reporter Jayda Evans will have a weekly conversation with a newsmaker in the WNBA. This week she speaks with Chicago Sky forward...
Seattle Times reporter Jayda Evans will have a weekly conversation with a newsmaker in the WNBA. This week she speaks with Chicago Sky forward Swin Cash, a former Storm All-Star who was traded with Le’coe Willingham in January in exchange for the No. 2 overall pick (Shekinna Stricklen). The Sky made roster changes in hopes of advancing to first-ever postseason but was unsuccessful.
Seattle Times: You made your first trip back to Seattle as a member of the Chicago Sky, did you hit any old favorite spots?
Swin Cash: Did a little shopping. Of course, I did that. Met up with the girls (Storm players Tanisha Wright, Sue Bird and Camille Little) to do a little dinner at Cutters. Normal stuff. It’s familiar. It’s a little weird staying in a hotel, but you’re still hitting some of your same spots.
Q: Chicago made a lot of changes in an effort to get a postseason bit but struggled, how have you kept your head up? (The Sky was eliminated and will participate in the WNBA draft lottery Wednesday).
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Cash: I look at things as big-picture. You make a lot of changes to an organization and sometimes it happens overnight, right away. Other times it’s a building process. But I like the focus the team’s had — even through the adversities of injuries and tough games. We have some hungry young players with the veteran leadership. We really started to find our character toward the end of the season … it’s great momentum for next year.
Q: How was the transition to Chicago?
Cash: We had already started processing things (with her charity Cash for Kids) here in Seattle, so I had to switch up and change with my organization and the charitable work that I do. I was able to start the process in Chicago and it’s something long-term … but I love the fans here. We were in Nordstrom’s and a guy was like, “Hey Swin Cash, Ruth Riley!” Everybody that came through, he knew their first and last name. That’s telling of the support here in Seattle.
Q: You motivated Camille to join Twitter to fill your void. How’s she doing?
Cash: She’s doing good. It’s funny because I always joke with her about other (non-basketball) tweets that she’s had. I’m like, ‘OK, back over here (on topic).’ But she’s great. The fans, they need people to talk to. The great thing about Twitter is it’s a first-hand conversation. They know it’s coming from you and not my manager or agent’s account.
Q: How do you look back on the trade?
Cash: I’ve moved past it. There were some things I was disappointed about in regards to how it transpired. But at the end of the day, it’s one of those things where being a professional, it happens in our sport. I haven’t talked to (Storm coach) Brian (Agler). The last I heard from him was Christmas time via text. He’s a good guy and everybody handles stuff differently. I’m sure at some point we’ll have a conversation. If we don’t, I still wish him well and the team, of course.