Christie Sides

Chicago Sky assistant coach Christie Sides chats with Hoops Insider

June 2, 2011 12:08pm

Christie Sides is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Chicago Sky. She follows head coach Pokey Chatman from Russia, where as an assistant coach Sides helped lead Spartak Moscow to the FIBA EuroLeague Championships in both 2008 and 2009. With eight years of coaching experience, between the college, professional and international levels, coach Sides chats with us about the impact of Epiphanny Prince, the inside presence of Big Syl, and what we can expect from this new Chicago coaching staff.


HI: How has Sylvia Fowles looked in the preseason?  Has her play continued to improve?

CS: You can always count on Sylvia to come out and practice each day at a high level of intensity. She has spent a lot of time during training camp before and after sessions working on basic fundamentals around the basket and also her free throws. Sylvia wants to be coached and wants to learn new things….when you put that and her work ethic together you can’t but help better yourself. Scary thing is she still has so much room to grow!!!


HI: Talent in the league has consolidated and more teams have tried to emulate the style of play of the Mercury in recent years. This has resulted in a significant increase in scoring over the past two seasons. Where do you feel this Sky team will fall amongst this trend?

CS: The Phoenix Mercury can flat out put some points on the board…I hope we fall right in line with this trend and are able to put up points like they do.


HI: It appears that #3 pick Courtney Vandersloot is the most notable roster addition to the team.  What type of impact are you expecting from her this season?

CS: With all rookies, you have to expect there are going to be growing pains due to the speed and physical play at the pro level. Courtney has worked really hard since day 1 and has been like a sponge…taking in everything from coaches and veteran players.

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