I talked to GM Angela Taylor on Tuesday about a couple of topics. Here’s some of her thoughts on the team’s 4-1 start:
Q: Are you surprised that the team has gotten off to such a fast start?
A: “I would love to have been able to predict that we would be 4-1 at this point. What I knew was that this team would be prepared, I knew they would play hard and I knew that we had talent. When you have those things combined with the work that the coaching staff has put in after the draft, it’s no surprise that we’ve been successful. The team has played hard and the team has jelled. If you have the effort, if you buy into the system, anything can happen, and that has led to the great early start.”
Q: It seems like winning has made life easier for everyone around the franchise, including staffers in the front office. Is everyone in good spirits?
A: “Winning is contagious and I think it makes everyone excited to see where we can take this season. On one end of it, it actually puts more pressure on you. But there’s no doubt in my mind that the early success has provided a lot of confidence to the coaching staff, the organization and the players that we’re doing the right things. And if we continue to work hard and play as a team, then anything can happen.”
Q: Were you worried that if you got off to a slow start, some people would question what you were doing? Obviously the team’s record validates your work so far.
A: “We know that realistically this is a marathon, not a sprint. But when you look at the WNBA historically, it’s important to get out to a good start. For us, it feels good to know that we did get out to that good start. But this is the just the beginning. We know that we have things to improve on, we know we can get better as a team and that’s what we’re all about. If we get caught up in the early success, we’ll lose focus on our ultimate goal and that’s to win the Eastern Conference.”