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Feb. 7, 2017 — Not wasting any time

Mike Thibault has been coaching in the WNBA long enough to know what kind of parts are necessary to make a championship team.

Only a few days after trading to get the best player on the planet in Elena Delle Donne, he was able to sign up a top shooting guard, Kristi Toliver, to complement his post player.

Since the days when LeBron James could call up his friends to play pro ball in Miami and in Cleveland, the concept of stacking a team has begun to rear its head in the women’s professional leagues in the U.S. It’s not enough to have one household name anymore to boost the hopes of a franchise. Coaches and GMs now have to deal with trying to work within salary requirements to fill rosters with winning talent that gets the attention of a city and an entire league.

Indeed, writers are comparing Thibault’s rebuilding efforts to that of Steve Kerr when he was building the Golden State Warriors around Stephan Curry. They are now calling the Mystics a potential “super-team,” on par with the original Houston Comets with Cynthia Cooper, Janeth Arcain, Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson, and the late Kim Perrot.

Should be a fun time in the nation’s capital this summer.

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