When you think of the word “fun”, it’s hard to visualize especially with everything going on such as COVID-19 surging in the United Staqtes and restricting most of our normal activities. It’s even hard to imagine how the Washington Mystics managed to go from serious highs to unexpected lows.
Last year the Mystics were crowned WNBA Champions. And this year, the pandemic forces them out of having a championship parade, a private ring ceremony in Loudoun County instead of at the Entertainments and Sports Arena in Congress Heights. And as of yet, there is no raising of the 2019 championship banner.
But for Emma Meesseman, the 2019 WNBA Finals MVP, the struggles, change of scenery, and choosing to opt-in is nothing more than fun and an adventure. Meesseman spoke with the media on Zoom Wednesday in more detail.
“I just see everything as an adventure...and so far I like it. It’s basketball again, so I really missed that a lot. But next to that I get to see all kinds of animals and I’ve never been to Florida before,” Meesseman said.
“But I’m here and like I said before I just have to see how everything goes. And I’m a part of it. That’s a big reason for me to come here to see how it goes. It’ll be a real nice story to tell that I was part of that one special season in the WNBA.”
The happiness of playing basketball again was surely visible through smile and she’s even looking forward to the next practice and enjoying it. Practice was apparently really good on Wednesday and Meesseman said it was all due to “rhythm”.
“Today we could just play. You could see it was a good practice because we just kept moving,” she said. “It was a good feeling to see the first time finding some real chemistry.”
Again with all that’s going on team-wise such as players opting out and new players getting adjusted, Meesseman chooses to stay focused with the team the Mystics already have in Florida. She can’t necessarily predict how the season will go, but made note that Washington will keep an eye on the days and weeks ahead.