Q: With Maya Moore being successful, can we expect her back any time soon? — @Ordinary_Jeff
A: One of Moore’s goals during her hiatus was the legal case of Jonathan Irons, whose conviction on charges of burglary and assault were overturned by a Missouri judge early this month. It was a huge victory. But the case isn’t over yet.
The state of Missouri could ask for a review in front of an appellate court. If the state doesn’t appeal, St. Charles County also has a period of time to decide whether to retry Irons.
Moore — who already had counted herself out of the upcoming WNBA season and the Olympics (which have subsequently been postponed) — is almost certainly not going to return before 2021 at the earliest.
Q: What is your sense of the chances of a WNBA season this summer? — Multiple readers
A: Add the WNBA to the list, right? A while back, as the NHL and NBA were shutting things down, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, in a statement, said the league would monitor the situation and come out with some details at the end of this month. Rest assured, the league — and its teams — are looking at every possible scenario.
But the general sense is there will be a season played, in some form, should the situation with the coronavirus improve. At this point, the April 17 draft is still on, though it won’t likely be in the form we’re used to. Athletes will likely not congregate in New York for the televised affair.
And, as Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said this week, teams’ draft rooms might look different. “Will we all be here, or on a conference call because we’re still quarantined?” she said. “I have people who would have to fly here, and I don’t want to put people at risk.”