Fever Q&A With LaToya Bond

April 30, 2008
LaToya Bond joined the Fever in February after playing overseas in both Israel and Poland this past winter. A former All-Big XII First Team and All-Big XII Defensive Team selection during her time at Missouri, she also earned an All-America Honorable Mention from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association as a senior in 2006.

Drafted in the second round of the 2006 WNBA Draft (27th overall) by the Charlotte Sting, Bond went on to play in all 34 games her rookie year and earned a starting nod five times.

FeverBasketball.com's Josh Taylor talked with Bond about her hopes for the upcoming season and the strengths and weaknesses of her game.

FeverBasketball.com: You gained a lot of experience your rookie season by playing in every game. Where did you improve the most in your first WNBA season?
LaToya Bond: “Being in the league my rookie year, I learned what to expect at the point guard position. Coaches are looking for vocal leaders out there and I’ve struggled with that my whole career. This is my third season, so I pretty much know what to expect at the point guard spot and I’m trying to pick up on that.”
FB: What do you consider the best part of your game?
LB: “I would say being able to create my own shot and create for others. Being able to get into the paint and kick the ball out is one of my strengths.”
FB: You played in Israel and Poland this past winter. Compare the two leagues with what you liked or didn’t like about them.
LB: “Israel was more competitive than Poland, but I liked playing in both places. In Poland, none of my teammates really spoke any English. My assistant coach ended up translating.”
FB: Overall, what’s the biggest difference between playing overseas and playing in the WNBA?
LB: “Overseas, play is a lot more aggressive. The referees let you play a lot more and they don’t call many fouls. It just makes you tougher mentally and physically.”
FB: You joined the Fever a little over two months ago. What’s been the most difficult part of the transition?
LB: “For me, it’s just being vocal out on the court and telling players where to be or what to do.”
FB: What do you expect from yourself in Saturday’s game against Chicago?
LB: “I just expect myself to go out there and try to be a leader on the court. I’ll need to do whatever the coach asks me to do.”
FB: You've been in the league for a couple years. Where do you want to be a couple years from now?
LB: “Hopefully, I’ll still be in the league. I need to be more vocal and more aggressive on defense.”
FB: What kind of personality do you have on the court?
LB: “I’m very laid back. I show no emotion whatsoever (laughing).”