2018 WNBA Draft order set    Las Vegas gets 1st pick!    ( WNBA  Press Release)   Secaucus, N.J., Nov. 13, 2017 –  Las Vegas won the 17th annual WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm ®  and earned the top pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, the WNBA announced today. The results of the Lottery were televised on ESPN2 during the 6 p.m. ET edition of  SportsCenter .  Las Vegas entered the WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm with the most chances to land the top pick (442 out of 1,000). This marks the third consecutive year in which a team with the most chances to win the Lottery emerged as the winner.     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
          
             
                  
             
          
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     The Indiana Fever, which had 276 chances out of 1,000, will have the second selection.  The Chicago Sky will select third and fourth.  By missing the 2017 WNBA Playoffs, Las Vegas (formerly the San Antonio Stars), the Indiana Fever, Atlanta Dream and Chicago Sky qualified for the Lottery drawing.  Atlanta’s spot in the lottery (178 chances), however, belonged to Chicago, as the result of a July 31 trade in which the Sky sent Imani McGee-Stafford and Tamera Young to the Dream in exchange for Jordan Hooper and Atlanta’s first-round pick in 2018.  Chicago also had 104 chances as the result of the Sky’s 30-38 record over the past two seasons.  Lottery odds were based on the cumulative records of the Dream, Fever, Sky and Stars over the two most recent regular seasons (2016 and 2017).  A representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young was in attendance to oversee the Lottery process.  The following are results of the 2018 WNBA Draft Lottery and 2017 regular season records:     Las Vegas      Indiana - Fever      Chicago - Sky  ( via Atlanta )     Chicago - Sky      Seattle - Storm      Dallas - Wings      Washington - Mystics      Phoenix - Mercury      Connecticut - Sun      New York - Liberty      Los Angeles - Sparks      Minnesota - Lynx          All content is official release from the WNBA

2018 WNBA Draft order set

Las Vegas gets first pick!

      Will the Stars Align in Vegas?        

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
          
             
                  
             
          
             
          

          
           
              Bill Laimbeer has a head coach record of 228-170 and 30-21 playoff record.   
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


       On Tuesday, the WNBA released a statement announcing the departure of its San Antonio Stars franchise to a new location: Las Vegas. The Stars, who have not announced whether or not they will be changing their name, will be owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, a Las Vegas based group that owns and operates various casinos/hotels in Las Vegas, such as Mandalay Bay, the MGM Grand, and the Bellagio. The Stars’ home arena will be the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center (not the T-Mobile Arena, where the newly-created Las Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL play their home games). Bill Laimbeer will be leaving his position as head coach of the New York Liberty to become president and head coach of Las Vegas.  The move will sever the partnership between the Stars and their sister NBA franchise, the San Antonio Spurs. And it puts the Stars in the heart of the pro sports boom that’s happening in Vegas. Sin City just acquired the Stars and the Golden Knights, and the Los Angeles Raiders of the NFL are set to move there by 2020. What will this mean in terms of the team’s popularity? Having a sister franchise has been a boon to WNBA teams in the past, as it gives them opportunities for cross-promotion, and such teams have historically done a more sustainable job of promoting their franchises. What will the market look like for a WNBA team in Vegas, a market that’s getting its first ever professional basketball team?  Las Vegas has never had a professional sports team before this year, so it’s tough to say. But we can’t really ignore that gambling will be a factor. MGM Resorts International operates many high-end casinos in Vegas, and it would be in their interest to promote gambling on the WNBA; now they have an avenue by which to do it. In fact, the Stars aren’t the only team to be owned by a casino: Mohegan Sun owns the Connecticut Sun, who, when they relocated in 2003, changed their name (from the Orlando Miracle) to match up with the branding. The move could even be a stepping stone to Las Vegas acquiring its own sister NBA franchise, and with how quickly the city has been acquiring pro teams, it certainly could be possible.     By: Michael Negrin   WNBAinsidr Contributing writer

Will the Stars Align in Vegas?

By Mike Negrin

       WNBAinsidr Pod (WNBA Finals game5)       We sat down to chat WNBA FINALS with coach/ Excelle sports  contributor, Eli Horowitz ( @CoachHorowitz ). We recapped game 5, breaking down what each team did to succeed or fail.  MVP  Sylvia Fowles performances in our eyes. The pitfalls of the Sparks and how the Lynx held it down.        Take a listen and comment your thoughts below.                  To listen to more of Eli and I breaking down the W click  HERE    Click HERE  for more WNBA insight and Hot takes.   Click here for our WNBA Finals Playlist

Sat down with Eli Horowitz to chat WNBA Finals finale.

Game 5 recap

 

      Lynx win, the legend lives  Minnesota wins Physical game 5 against L.A.  As the confetti rained down on "The Barn" the Minnesota Lynx raised up another trophy. The game came down to 3 things, Clutch Baskets-Rebounds-Aggression. The momentum of the game changed throughout but one thing stayed constant. Sylvia Fowles and Rebekkah Brunson would not forget the disaster of a performance they had controlling the paint game 5 last year.      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
          
             
                  
             
          
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
          
             
                  
             
          
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


           Scoring:     With all the headlines the winners get, I feel the need to remind fans of the proximity of the game. With the clock closing in on zero, the Sparks charged back making the game have a feel of an inevitable L.A. win.  Both teams played to their series successes all four quarters. When the final whistle blew the Lynx played a better game to pull off the win.        

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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Lynx win 4th Ring

The Dynasty is alive and well

      All or nothing WNBA Finals Game 5     WE SAT DOWN TO CHAT WNBA FINALS WITH COACH/ EXCELLE SPORTS  CONTRIBUTOR, ELI HOROWITZ ( @COACHHOROWITZ ). WE RECAPPED THE SERIES(00:20-3:15), GIVING OUR PREDICTION FOR GAME 5 (03:16-04:50). THEN ELI AND I DIVE DEEP INTO EACH TEAM LOOKING FOR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES THAT BOTH TEAMS WILL FOCUS ON IN GAME 5 (06:00-22:00) .       TAKE A LISTEN AND COMMENT YOUR THOUGHTS BELOW.                   Recent from WNBAinsidr:    Recap game 4  HERE   Fan questions before game 5 (Lynx)-  Click Here   Fan questions before game 5 (Sparks)-  Click Here   Here other WNBAinsidr Pod'z  CLICK HERE

Game 5 Do or die 

Breakdown with Eli and the insidr