The jokes flew from the players when Swin Cash came waddling through the New Orleans Pelicans practice facility, fully pregnant, but the respect was still evident for the highest-ranking Black woman in basketball operations.
“Yeah, my kick game is still nice,” Cash would often say to the players, referring to her collection of Nike basketball shoes. “Maternity clothes and kicks, you know, they go together.”
Normalizing that level of fashion is small potatoes compared to the doors Cash has been smashing through the last couple of years. Becoming vice president of basketball operations under David Griffin was the first endeavor, one of his first hires in June 2019.