Five at The IX:
Pokey Chatman, Indiana Fever
HM: As you reflect on the 2018 season, what was your biggest surprise?
PC: I was happy with the way the rookies were able to handle being thrown in the fire and, despite an unsuccessful season, still managed to carve a place in history. Their attitudes and approach to this level, the learning curve, learning different positions, injuries all during a short season, was incredible. They will no doubt be much better prepared for 2019.
HM: You brought in Cappie Pondexter in June, in part to mentor Kelsey Mitchell. What have you seen as the fruit of that collaboration so far?
PC: Cappie's acquisition was more than "mentoring Mitchell.” Honestly, it was a peek for many to see how the greats approach, appreciate and respect the game – in every facet. As a coach, we can tell them things, however seeing it up close and personal resonates on a higher and much-needed level. I truly believe they were able to bottle some of it up and use as they prepare for their next season.
HM: As she enters year four, what is the biggest step forward you need to see from Tiffany Mitchell?
PC: Tiff is one of the hardest workers and has a fight that is unmatched. I would like to see her improve as a 3-point shooter and show better consistency with regard to shot selection.
HM: What's your process like for scouting collegiate talent this time of year? How much do you need to get in the gyms to see players live?
PC: Of course we pour over film, and the BIG matchups are always a treat. However, attending a practice, and live games that may not be considered big games are important as well. I like to get a peek into a player’s true approach – how early they arrive, their warm-up routine, engagement, leadership qualities, vocal demeanor, etc.
HM: What are your three favorite food destinations in road WNBA cities?
PC: Oh wow! I'm a foodie and I'm greedy. Rosa Mexicano both in D.C. and L.A., and Fogo de Chao is great in Minnesota (Indianapolis, too!).