WNBA Players Offseason Jobs

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The WNBA players don’t have the luxury the NBA players do, to have a year round competition, or get paid like they do. This means that most of them have to look for something else to keep them busy the rest of the year. Most of the players choose to go and play overseas, for example in Russia and China, as they can earn a lot more in those leagues than in the WNBA. But, other players decide to take a whole other job in the offseason.

Lindsay Whalen

Lindsay Whalen is currently playing for the Minnesota Lynx. At the beginning of her career, she went overseas in the offseason, and played in Russia, Turkey and the Czech Republic. But now, 15 years into her WNBA career, she decided to become the head coach for the University of Minnesota, while continuing to play for the Lynx. Whalen played for the Golden Gophers during her college years, she still holds several records for the school and her jersey number is retired.

Chiney Ogwumike

Ogwumike started her television career back in 2015, when she had to miss the entire 2015 WNBA season because of a knee injury. She returned the next season, but continued to work for ESPN part-time. During the WNBA offseason, Ogwumike played in China, but was injured once again and had to miss the entire 2017 season. This allowed her to become the host of SportCenter Africa, as well as being an analyst on shows about the WNBA, NBA and women’s college basketball.

Now, after a year’s absence, she has returned to the Connecticut Sun, and played her first WNBA game in two years.

Briann January

In 2017, January became the assistant coach for Arizona State’s women’s basketball team, a job she would fulfill in the WNBA offseason. January herself went to this college and still has the record for assists and free throw percentage. This isn’t her first coaching job, as she was a volunteer assistant coach for the Adelphi University women’s basketball program, a Division II school, in the 2013-2014 season. This will also be the first year that January will not play for the Indiana Fever, the team that drafted her in 2009, but for the Phoenix Suns, as she was traded in the offseason.

Photo: Brad Rempel – USA TODAY Sports

The WNBA players don’t have the luxury the NBA players do, to have a year round competition, or get paid like they do. This means that most of them have to look for something else to keep them busy the rest of the year. Most of the players choose to go and play overseas, for example in Russia and China, as they can earn a lot more in those leagues than in the WNBA. But, other players decide to take a whole other job in the offseason.

Lindsay Whalen

Lindsay Whalen is currently playing for the Minnesota Lynx. At the beginning of her career, she went overseas in the offseason, and played in Russia, Turkey and the Czech Republic. But now, 15 years into her WNBA career, she decided to become the head coach for the University of Minnesota, while continuing to play for the Lynx. Whalen played for the Golden Gophers during her college years, she still holds several records for the school and her jersey number is retired.

Chiney Ogwumike

Ogwumike started her television career back in 2015, when she had to miss the entire 2015 WNBA season because of a knee injury. She returned the next season, but continued to work for ESPN part-time. During the WNBA offseason, Ogwumike played in China, but was injured once again and had to miss the entire 2017 season. This allowed her to become the host of SportCenter Africa, as well as being an analyst on shows about the WNBA, NBA and women’s college basketball.

Now, after a year’s absence, she has returned to the Connecticut Sun, and played her first WNBA game in two years.

Briann January

In 2017, January became the assistant coach for Arizona State’s women’s basketball team, a job she would fulfill in the WNBA offseason. January herself went to this college and still has the record for assists and free throw percentage. This isn’t her first coaching job, as she was a volunteer assistant coach for the Adelphi University women’s basketball program, a Division II school, in the 2013-2014 season. This will also be the first year that January will not play for the Indiana Fever, the team that drafted her in 2009, but for the Phoenix Suns, as she was traded in the offseason.

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