The Washington Mystics are the defending WNBA champions. But in these unusual times, the team will be missing several players whom it thought would help it defend the title.
Still, the Mystics should have a competitive team. In its first two games, Washington beat the Indiana Fever, 101-76, and the Connecticut Sun, 94-89.
The men’s National Basketball Association (NBA) returns to action this week with 22 teams competing to determine the 16 teams that will play in the 2020 NBA playoffs. Like the WNBA, the NBA teams will be playing their games without fans at three “bubble” locations near Orlando, Florida.
The Washington Wizards, despite a 2020 record of 24-40 (24 wins, 40 losses) are one of the 22 teams in Florida. The Wizards are a long shot to make the playoffs.
The missing players on the Mystics and Wizards will give the teams’ backups more chances to play. And that’s a good lesson for kids who play sports.
Sometimes I hear kids complain that they should be starting for or playing more on their teams. That’s fine. Everyone who plays sports, from the kids to the pros, wants more playing time.
The important point is that you must be ready and play well when you get your chance. Delle Donne, Cloud and Sanders played nearly 2,800 combined minutes during the 2019 season.
The Mystics may not win another WNBA championship this season, and the Wizards may not make the playoffs. But for some players, this strange shortened season may be very important.
They better be ready.