Thurl Talk

Natalie Williams on being drafted by the Utah Starzz, inequalities between the NBA and the WNBA, and her passion for coaching

Thurl Bailey is joined by Natalie Williams (WNBA Hall of Famer, 4x WNBA All-Star, 3x All-WNBA First Team, 2x All-ABL First Team) to talk about how getting a later start in basketball, choosing to go to school on a volleyball scholarship, and how she ultimately led to choosing basketball over volleyball after being cut from the 1996 Olympic volleyball team.

Then we dive into her experience winning the Gold medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics, getting drafted by the Utah Starzz, the inequalities between the NBA and the WNBA, and why female professional basketball players are forced to play overseas during the offseason.

Lastly, Natalie describes the pride she has for coaching young women, how important motherhood has been in her life, and the hurdles the WNBA has to address before returning to play.

To learn more about Natalie Williams and her work as a coach, visit:

Published: Tuesday June 02, 2020
Runtime: 00:29:04