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B&B: Sliding doors to Opals captain

THE WNBL Grand Final Series goes to a deciding Game 3 tomorrow in Melbourne but Brad Rosen and I were lucky enough to have Perth Lynx superstar Sami Whitcomb as our guest for this week's Brad&Boti podcast. Sami has one of the most amazing stories you're ever going to hear.

When you factor in she was going to give basketball away at 22, or the fact soccer was her first sporting love, what Sami has achieved in basketball truly is head-shaking (in amazement) stuff.

Yes, tomorrow she leads the Lynx in pursuit of the club's second WNBL championship but so much water has flowed under the Whitcomb Bridge and so many "sliding door" moments that you will be dumbfounded.

A promising college career, stints in Germany, Slovakia, France and Turkey, several years starring for Rockingham Flames in the Western Australian SBL, the revamped Perth Lynx - formerly West Coast Waves - eventually cleaned house and invited her in.

From that point forward, Sami has become synonymous with success.

This is the second championship series she has guided the Lynx into. And in the meantime ...

She has won two - count 'em, TWO - WNBA championships at Lauren Jackson former club, Seattle Storm. She fell in love with Australia, took out citizenship and in 2018 was instrumental in the Opals collecting a Silver Medal at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

(Against the USA, her former home!)

That's still one of the naturalised star's fondest career memories but it doesn't end there, Sami captaining the Opals at the Asia Cup and through the World Cup Qualifying Series in Serbia.

Yes, you read the early part of this article correctly. She gave the game away at 22, uncertain of a way forward. But she believed in herself and became the blueprint for self-belief and perserverance. When opportunity knocked, she left no stone unturned to make the most of it and be the best she could be.

The rest is history, something she is further hoping to make in Melbourne, before returning to the WNBA and New York Liberty.

Hear this story, plus her opinions of Sandy Brondello, Sue Bird, Darcee Garbin, Breanna Stewart and so much more. Just hit this link for the full story. Or, if you prefer, go to your Apple or Spotify podcast sites.

You will not be disappointed.

Of course, you could be easily disappointed with Brad and I, our Rosen Rattler and Nagy's Nasty acting merely as "filler" material on such a top show. Here's the link again.

Apr 8

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