As preoccupied as she was with the present when she played at UConn, Swin Cash says she'd often share dreams about the future with teammates and coaches. Even then she was plotting a busy agenda, one that combined playing professionally with the training that would lead her into a career in television.
It seems as if she knew that sometimes dreams do come true.
"It's funny, but I feel like I am exactly where I feel I am supposed to be," Cash said. "I had a vision in my head; I had goals for myself, even back to when I played at UConn. I was always planning and thinking ahead about what I wanted for my basketball career and what I wanted for life after basketball. I feel as if I was always one of those players who was able to balance things and set a foundation for myself in both [areas]. … To be at this point now is very exciting for me."
In mid-November, MSG Network, the home of the New York Knicks and Rangers, announced that Cash, 36, had been added to its lineup as a Knicks studio analyst for select games.
"People ask me if I feel any pressure being a woman [working in the NBA world]," Cash said. "I don't feel any pressure at all. Basketball is basketball. I'll be able to talk about the NBA the same way as I've been able to discuss the college game. That's my approach to this whole opportunity."
Cash made her Knicks telecast debut Nov. 13. But that's not all. Cash will host "Nothing But Knicks," a 30-minute original series featuring coach Derek Fisher, his assistants and players that the network said will take fans behind-the-scenes.
"As a professional athlete, I've been immersed in basketball for most of my life," Cash said. "For me though, it's not just about playing at the highest level, it's about covering the game at the highest level, too."
Cash's burgeoning media career has already gained traction. She has appeared as a panelist on the CBS Sports Network show "We Need To Talk," and will continue her work as a men's college basketball studio analyst for the network. She has appeared on ESPN, NBA TV and NBCSN and has been a guest columnist for Slam Magazine and Huffington Post.
"This is definitely a great time for me, especially having the opportunity to host my own show on MSG," Cash said. "I still love the excitement of being at games. That will never leave me. But I also love being in the studio and one of my favorite things to do [as a journalist] is develop feature stories, whether they are serious or fun. I want to help my viewers get to know people and ask the kind of questions that will help [interview subjects] to open up."
The associations and friendships she has made with NBA players while playing in the WNBA have provided her the opportunity to pick up the phone and reconnect with celebrities and newsmakers.
Cash said her goal is to emulate the career of Robin Roberts, the former ESPN anchor and play-by-play announcer who has grown into a national figure as host of ABC's "Good Morning America."
"I want to be on that next level [as a broadcaster]," Cash said.
But her basketball career is still on the move. Cash joined the WNBA's New York Liberty in 2014 and helped lead the team through a successful 2015 season. She has won three WNBA championships in Seattle and Detroit, has played in five WNBA All-Star games (winning two MVPs) and has won two Olympic gold medals to go along with the two national championships at UConn.
Cash said she doesn't know if she will play in 2016 — the Liberty will be one of the Eastern Conference's powerhouses again — and said she didn't even want to think or talk about the possibility at this point.
But if she does, it's almost certain Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer will find a spot for her along a frontline anchored by former Huskies Tina Charles and Kiah Stokes.
"There's just so much going on in my life right now that I don't even want to talk about [the WNBA]," Cash said. "I just want to focus on other things and wait a little bit [before deciding]."
Cash says she always makes time to keep in touch with what's going on with UConn. She is looking forward to watching the team play at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 28 against Maryland.
"My support will always be there; that's not even as issue," Cash said. "I'm just so proud of what's happening there."