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Cameron Brink wants WNBA vets to get the respect they deserve

With all this basketball going on, have you hit a wall yet or do you think you’re going to hit one? And if so, how can you best prepare for it and persevere?
If we’re honest, that’s just a realistic expectation. Everyone hits a plateau, hits a speed bump, and I’ve definitely hit mini-ones so far. There have definitely been days where there have been tears and hardships because it is such an adjustment. But I think that’s mostly because I care, and even on my hard days I want to make an impact and do my very best. So there will be days that are harder than others, where I hit a wall harder than others, but continue to surround myself with the right people.

My teammates were great. The technical staff was supportive. And just knowing that in the end it’s just a game and not the end of the world.

Your rookie class has attracted a lot of attention and has contributed to the WNBA’s revival in recent years. How does it feel to be apart of this moment and can you feel the energy in real time that surrounds the competition?
Yes, it really feels like history. I feel like if I step away from it, I will see the bigger picture and the impact my class is making. But what I appreciate is the fact that people are becoming more aware of these great veterans that we have in the league. For example, it’s clear that Caitlin (Clark) is doing really well, I don’t care what anyone says, she’s doing great. Angel (Reese) is doing well, Alissa Pili had a great match last night. Kate Martin is doing her thing with the Aces, so I’m really proud of all of us.

But at the end of the day, I think people need to wake up to the fact that there are a lot of veterans and women who are making an effort to help us get to where we are today.

Speaking of veterans, you recently talked about how Tina Charles handed it to you earlier this season. Is there anyone else you’ve played so far that you’ve watched grow up and realized, “Wow, there’s actually levels to this?”
Definitely A’ja Wilson. She can’t be stopped. Diana Taurasi for sure. She went off for like 31 points against us last night and was joking around the whole time and giving the refs hell. I just respect her so much. We’re playing Breanna Stewart and the Liberty coming up, and there are so many great players. It was just inspiring and I have a lot of admiration for them.

Did you catch yourself as a fan on the field when you faced any of these stars you may have watched growing up? Or did you not let yourself get caught up in the moment and just go out there and hoop?
I think that at Hoopers you always show respect where it is necessary. Before the game we give hugs and props and dab someone. But as soon as the jump ball goes up, which I’m going to win, the game is on. So it’s definitely just the spirit of competition.