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Nicki Collen led the Atlanta Dream to the No. 2 overall seed in the 2018 WNBA playoffs. (John Amis/AP)
Nicki Collen led the Atlanta Dream to the No. 2 overall seed in the 2018 WNBA playoffs. (John Amis/AP)

Nicki Collen was named WNBA Coach of the Year in her first season with the Atlanta Dream. But before she pursued her basketball head coaching dreams, Collen spent years working as an assistant coach — for her husband. This week on Only A Game, Nicki and Tom Collen share their journey. Plus, we talk about happiness in the NBA. And we revisit the story of Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill and his family. Join us!

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Nicki Collen Was Her Husband's Assistant Coach. Now, She's WNBA Coach Of The Year.
As Nicki Collen followed her husband from job to job, she sometimes worried that people doubted her coaching skills. Then last year she led the Atlanta Dream to the playoffs.

3 Stories: NBA Morale, MLB Tampering, NFL Combine Tomfoolery
Michael Lee of the Athletic and ESPN's Ryan Smith join Only A Game's Karen Given.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports
Karen Given and Charlie Pierce discuss LeBron James passing Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, David Irving's criticism of the NFL's use of opiates and the latest championship gourmet spread at the White House.

Rich Hill Pitches For The LA Dodgers, His Family And His Late Son
Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill and his wife, Caitlin, announced a $575,000 donation to Massachusetts General Hospital. It kicks off the Hills’ Field Of Genes campaign to raise money for rare disease research.

This program aired on March 9, 2019.

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