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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Checking In On LA's Other Hype Machine (No, Not The Clippers)

Lakers, Lakers, Lakers...Kobe, Kobe, Kobe....Yada yada yada. We all know the Lakers are good this year, and they have a good chance to bring back old memories by making a Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals matchup. All this NBA talk, we can't forget about our female athletes. I gotta give my lady ballers some love. Forget the Lakers for one second, what about the Sparks?!


When I talk about the Sparks, I'm only talking about Candace Parker. Lisa Leslie was the first female to dunk in WNBA history, whoopee doo. She also led the Sparks to the worst record in WNBA last season (10-24). Being pregnant will do that to you and your team. Congratulations, because you got the first pick in the draft, and what a pick you got.

In her WNBA debut, Candace Parker's numbers were: 34 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists. Add in a couple steals and a block, all while playing the entire freakin' game minus 1 minute!! That is impressive, VERY impressive. Almost a triple double in her professional debut. WOW. And now, the Sparks are first in their conference, 1-0. It's only one game, but that's a big turnaround to tell people that your team went from worst in the league to best. Just don't tell them that the season's only 1 game deep.

On a sidenote, what's going on with our California native Candice Wiggins from Stanford. Playing for the Minnesota Lynx now, how did she do in her WNBA debut?


15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals in 29 minutes. Not bad, not bad. 2 of 6 from the 3-point line, she can work on that. Only 1 turnover though, so that's good to see for a guard. She didn't start, but being the #3 pick in the draft, I'm sure she's going to work her game out a bit and start soon for the Minnesota Lynx, who also won their first game, after tying the Sparks for the worst record last season.

These two girls played against each other in the NCAA Women's Tournament Finals just this past winter. Of course, Candace Parker's Tennessee Vols beat Candice Wiggins' Stanford Cardinal. We loved Wiggins back then, leading the Cardinal all the way to the finals just coming short. But now, we get to love Parker, since she's down in sunny LA!

What do we do now? Look forward to a rematch with a Sparks-Lynx conference finals matchup. That'll be fun, won't it? All those 3000 fans cheering like crazy in one lonely section of the arena. Man, what excitement! Maybe, Lisa Leslie will dunk a couple more times and make more history! O boy o boy!!

"WNBA: You're in the spotlight because there's nobody else in the arena to shine it on"

On another sidenote, guess what? I just made TPIC history!! I think this is our first EVER WNBA post!! Woot woot, I rock!! Put me on YouTube now!!

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Um, Lisa Leslie didn't play last year because she had a baby...that's a big reason they were bad enough to get the #1 pick.

KC Cal said...

It's been corrected. Thanks for the info.

Mike said...

good post