Current Team: Indiana Fever | #14
Draft: 2014 | UConn | 1st round (7th overall)
Key Accolades: All-Rookie (2014)
The Down Low
We should all aspire to make men apologize for undervaluing us like Breezy did. Hartley, who hasn't yet made an All-Star roster was signed to a max contract for the 2020 season (read: still severely underpaid), which lots of commenters doubted was the right call. Then she came out averaging 15 points and 5 assists per game, proving the haters wrong and leading to literal apology letters and the Mercury Twitter account clowning everyone who doubted her. Truly an inspiration. Now at Indiana, will she have to prove these joker's wrong again?
I just try to tell [my son] to have that mindset of going out there, remaining confident, and believing in yourself no matter what happens. I think that's the biggest thing I had to do, and that's why I feel like through the years, maybe I was kind of an underrated player. Now this year everyone is congratulating me on how well I'm doing, so I am just really proud of how I stayed the course, continued to believe in myself, and continued working because eventually everything really came into fruition.
More on Bria
- By peacefully protesting in Minneapolis, Bria Hartley seeks better world for son (Gina Mizell, the Athletic)
- Bria Hartley Found the Right Fit With the Phoenix Mercury (Gina Mizell, the New York Times)
- Ballers Magazine (October 2020 Issue)