Washington coach Mike Thibault, who abandoned the first round on Tuesday to acquire Tina Charles, was not sure if he would end up with his son Eric, who is an assistant coach. If they did, he said they would maintain social distance, but having no choice until the end of the second round, they might not need to be in the same room.
Unlike the previous three years where the Las Vegas franchise had the No. 1 choice, the team has no selection until the third round. Aces general manager Dan Padover will be in Connecticut and coach Bill Laimbeer in Florida.
Padover said he had already missed the camaraderie that usually occurs this week.
“The biggest difference between last year and this virtual configuration is the week before the project. In the past, you would have had good jokes with staff members in person, ”he said. “There is a natural element to entering and leaving conference rooms in order to make fun of things with people. This is the funniest part with our staff and those of the leagues. It sort of speeds up the season. “
And of course, there will be no live photo ops for players with the WNBA commissioner.
ESPN hosts Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo and Sue Bird will be in the Connecticut studio, which should look like their normal draft configuration on site. But the recruits will all be at remote sites across the country.