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WNBA and NBA Writer Chelsea Leite Talks WNBA Finals, Expansion, Lynx in 2024 and More

The Hitting the Hardwood podcast is a weekly Minnesota Lynx-dedicated podcast hosted by our own Mitchell Hansen. This week, Hansen and Canis Editor-in-Chief Jack Borman chat all things Lynx.

The Hitting the Hardwood Podcast is a weekly Minnesota Lynx-dedicated podcast hosted by our own Mitchell Hansen. Hitting the Hardwood will provide Lynx, WNBA and basketball fans with exclusive news, interviews and information on the Lynx and the WNBA while providing dedicated and quality basketball coverage throughout the year.

Each week, Mitchell Hansen will sit down with fellow reporters, writers and journalists, people throughout the WNBA landscape, Lynx players and coaches, and more while discussing all things Lynx.

On this week’s episode of Hitting the Hardwood, Mitchell Hansen is joined by Toronto-based WNBA and NBA writer Chelsea Leite to discuss the WNBA Finals, league expansion, the Lynx in 2023 and beyond, and more.

Leite can be found on Twitter @chelsealeite and you can find her WNBA content at Winsidr and WNBA and NBA content on other outlets.

Some of the topics on this week’s podcast include:

— Breaking down what we have seen from the WNBA Finals matchup between the Las Vegas Aces and New York Liberty so far

— A look at what factors have played a role in the Finals series and what to watch for moving forward

— Who will come out on top in the championship series

— Recent news surrounding expansion in the WNBA and what that could look like starting with the 2025 season

— Thoughts on the Bay Area becoming an expansion location and which other location could be added to the WNBA before 2025

— If Canada, specifically Toronto, will end up getting an expansion team and what factors come into play when it comes to the ownership group for a Canadian-based team in the future

— If Canada is ready to be home to a WNBA team and if the preseason game between the Minnesota Lynx and Chicago Sky in the preseason reassured that readiness

— What we saw from the Lynx in 2023 and what was learned from the successful season in a “rebuilding year”

— What the Lynx could do this offseason and what that might do to propel the team in 2024 and beyond

— What Minnesota could look like next summer and if it will improve, remain the same or decline compared to what took place in 2023

— Much more!

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