WNBA Star Chiney Ogwumike Joins Kevin Hart on Cold As Balls

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Chiney Ogwumike, LA Sparks forward and ESPN analyst joined Kevin Hart for an appearance in the eighth season of Cold As Balls. Throughout the episode, the duo has an in-depth conversation surrounding Chiney Ogwumike’s time in the WNBA and her role as a journalist.

But, before becoming a basketball star, she had to learn the game, which is where her older sister came in. Chiney Ogwumike discussed how her sister, Nneka, helped teach her the game when they were children,

"“As women, what has been so powerful is us learning the game was collaborative, not competitive.”"

So far in her career, Chiney Ogqumike has expanded into broadcast journalism and become one of the premier faces in the industry. She also expanded on what it meant to have these opportunities as a woman of color,

"“A lot of it was taking injury…and turning that injury, that adversity into opportunity.”"

When talking about her biggest goal before retiring, she said to win a championship with her sister. Chiney Ogwumike also further discussed what it means to have equal opportunities for WNBA players and the pay inequality that tends to be a big part of the conversation.

Kevin Hart and Chiney Ogwumike have a charming and fun-loving dynamic during their conversation, highlighting sports as the main topic of discussion. They bring comedy and enjoyment to the critical conversations surrounding the WNBA, healthy and collaborative sibling bonds, and the importance of growing opportunities for women of color in the sports industry.

Having been playing professional basketball for nine seasons, Chiney Ogwumike has plenty of experience to draw from in reference to stories about past games to experience in the sports world.

Join Kevin Hart on Tuesday, May 23, for the season eight finale of Cold As Balls featuring guest Derwin James. Then, tune into the Laugh Out Loud Network for more episodes of Cold As Balls. 

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