Katie Smith and the Detroit Shock met the
Indiana Fever in the First Round of the WNBA Playoffs. While she and the Shock
took on the Fever, Katie answered some of your questions.
Katie Smith just finished her first full season in
Detroit. Allen Sinstein/NBAE/Getty Images
I wanted to know if you like what Elaine Powell brings to the table good luck
in the playoffs country: - Khajjo, Chicago, IL
Smith: I'm excited Elaine's back. I love having another veteran on this team
who understands what it takes to win and will do whatever is asked of her. She's
a great ball distributor, she can get in the lane. She can rebound. It's just
one of those steady people that no matter the game situation she can handle it.
How did your three pointers become so good( they
were always good). - Chelsea, Southfield, MI
Smith: Some days better then others. It's just been a lot of practice. Not
only just shooting the ball but understanding coming off of picks, off the dribble,
catching and shooting. There's a lot of ways but it's concentration and understanding
of using your legs a little bit. Practice, practice, practice.
willing (or reluctant) were you to make the transition from being the franchise
player, to running the show and being the floor general? And what adjustments
did you have to make in your game to be as successful as you were? Thanks! -
Lynn, Columbus, OH
Katie Smith: Obviously
getting traded here to Detroit at first it wasn't that I didn't want to be here
it was just a change and change takes some adjustment. It was just a transition
to get to know the franchise, getting to know the players and getting to know
the coaches. Last year was just a whirlwind. Getting here and spending the off-season
here, there were some questions and thoughts in my mind about how it would work
out and where I would fit in. The more I spoke with Bill (Laimbeer) and the more
I went with my gut, I thought that this could be a great situation for me. Being
a point guard, honestly, just gives you a hand in everything whether you score
or not. You're making the calls, defensively you got a hand in everything. So
its kind of fun. It's a challenge and I just like being used. That means my mind
and body, so I've enjoyed it.
Do you prepare for
the playoffs differently than you do for the regular season? - D, Kelowna,
Katie Smith: Not necessarily. You just
have to take care of your body. You know these teams like the back of your hand
and it's all the little things, the mental adjustments. It's just a little bit
more detail oriented because you know you're going to have more then one game.
Also, one game from the next, it's just the mental differences that separate you.
Hey Katie how are you.I was just wondering what
it felt like to play in Minnesota again. Did you get to catch up with some old
friends? Cant wait for you to play here again!!!! - Elise, MN
Smith: Actually it was great to be back in Minnesota. I did get to see a lot
of fans and friends and spend a little bit of time with them. It was on a back
to back so I didn't have as much time as I would like. I love Minnesota and Minneapolis.
If that's Elise, I miss you guys watching Logan!
Katie are you still going to retire after the Olympics? And how come you don't
have your own website? - Hanee, Malaysia
Smith: Right now, the Olympics are definitely my next goal. Then I'll see
exactly where my life is at but it's definitely a possibility. My own website
is because I am a slacker. I'm not necessarily computer-literate. I'm a little
bit behind the technology era. I should get one and would like to. If you know
anyone let me know.
Hi! Congrats on a great year!
What would it mean to you to win your first WNBA championship? - Shaina, San
Katie Smith: It would be great.
As any competitor, when you start off the season the ultimate goal is to win the
championship. That's something we have the ability to do. Either you want to be
the best or you want the team to be the best so it would mean a ton to have that
with this team. I hope that we give ourselves as many opportunities to win because
you don't get many chances to have a team like this and have a team that wins
and I hope we take advantage of it.
just wanted to say that you are one of the best guards out there today, and I
really enjoy watching you play. my questions for you are what team, other than
Detroit of course, do you expect to be in the finals? and apart from your self,
who would be your MVP pick? rookie of the year? and defensive player of the year?
Good luck and make us guards proud (as usual) - Spence, Queens, NY
Smith: In the finals, honestly I think that Sacramento will be there again.
Sacramento or Seattle. I'm going to go out on a limb and pick Sacramento. MVP
pick? I'm going Lisa (Leslie). I think that with their team, the changes they've
had and what she's done. I pick Lisa. Rookie of the Year I pick Seimone Augustus.
She did a phenomenal job in Minnesota under tough conditions. Defensive player
of the year I'm going to select myself. I don't think we (guards) get enough credit.
I don't think getting the most steals makes you defensive player of the year.