Connecticut Sun star Alyssa Thomas deserves a damn chair

Connecticut Sun star Alyssa Thomas deserves a damn chair

By Tamryn Spruill Against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, the Boston Celtics unraveled before a booing hometown crowd. While analysts, pundits, and brokenhearted (infuriated?) fans debate the particulars of the C’s 115–103 collapse — from Jayson Tatum’s shooting and Joe Mazzulla’s coaching to the silliness of James Harden’s flop-centric play — it was worth remembering that the last time the Celtics won inside TD Garden, Alyssa Thomas was in the building. Yes, that Alyssa Thomas: the Connecticut Sun forward who has competed for years at an All-Star level despite torn labrum in each shoulder, missed the 2021 WNBA season following an Achilles injury, and returned the next year to power the Sun to the 2022 finals, where she became the first player in WNBA history to record a triple-double in the finals. https://twitter.com/NBCSCeltics/status/1653909064634757120?s=20 It was Wednesday, May 3, and Thomas joined Brian Scalabrine and Tom Giles on the set of NBC Sports Boston’s Celtics...

Layshia Clarendon Leads the Fight in the War Being Waged on Transgender Americans

Layshia Clarendon Leads the Fight in the War Being Waged on Transgender Americans

By Evan Cooper Emerging as a force to be reckoned with against gender identity discrimination, Layshia Clarendon, the WNBA’s first openly trans and non-binary player, is “at the forefront of the league’s groundbreaking social justice efforts and is tasked with engaging community conversations, advocacy and education on important topics surrounding social justice.” For all of their grassroots efforts in challenging policy and culture around gender in sports, Clarendon has been nominated for the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award. Yet, in the same breath that we celebrate the joy of gender euphoria for countless people challenging the gender binary, we must band together and fight the intentional harms caused to our transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming siblings.  There is no federal law that classifies transgender people as a protected class, requiring protections from very real discrimination and the dangers it provokes. We are left to our own resources to maneuver...

Jennifer Rizzotti’s Journey from the Blizzard of New England to the Mohegan Tribe’s Sun

Jennifer Rizzotti’s Journey from the Blizzard of New England to the Mohegan Tribe’s Sun

By Tamryn Spruill Jennifer Rizzotti, currently an assistant coach with the USA Basketball women's Olympic team, is celebrated for her accomplishments at all levels of the game. last week, she added another esteemed role to her already-impressive resume: president of the Connecticut Sun. But Rizzotti's climb in pro hoops to top decision-maker of the Mohegan Tribe-owned Sun had chillier beginnings, in New England. Rizzotti graduated from the University of Connecticut with career averages of 11.4 points, 4.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. As a junior, she helped the Huskies to a perfect 35-0 season en route to a national championship. As a senior in 1995-96, Rizzotti collected the best and biggest individual honors: AP National Player of the Year, Wade Trophy and Naismith Award. But Rizzotti did not get her professional playing start in the WNBA; the league did not exist yet. The NBA announced its plans to form a professional basketball league for women in April 1996,...