Fantastic piece on “Mama” Taj McWilliams-Franklin. What a journey, and one that continues:
Current Lynx teammate Candice Wiggins did some calculating and figured out that when Taj was playing for the Orlando Miracle at the start of her WNBA career in 1999, Wiggins was in that city for a 13-and-under AAU tournament. She went to see a Miracle game, along with a few other future pro players like Los Angeles’ Candace Parker.
“None of us knew then how much Taj was going to impact us,” Wiggins said. “She had to claw and scratch her way to respect. She earned it with all the odds stacked against her.”
Taj still has a lot in front of her. She’ll be an assistant to women’s hoops head coach Greg Williams at Rice University this coming season. That was a job she worked hard to get, sending letters and résumés to several programs. Williams, who previously spent time coaching in the WNBA, understands how much value Taj can bring in working with young people.
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