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In 20 years of Los Angeles Sparks and the Womens National Basketball Association history nobody has had a start like this, as potential MVP Candace Parker and her L.A. ladies have dialled it up to 11.
Sparking a run for gold to the tune of 11-Zip it looks like purple is about to reign again in the City of Angels as the sister team to the Lakers show that Kobe may be gone but Los Angeles basketball isn’t. Just like the new Hollywood ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot don’t front on these formidable females.
Bleeding purple and gold like big brother in STAPLES the show isn’t over, even if the NBA season and who out of LeBron James Cavaliers and Steph Curry’s Warriors will claim champion comes to a deciding end by the end of tomorrow.
Times are a changing in Los Angeles. But as the post 24 Laker legacy and life rests on who will be the annoited, chosen one (arise sir D’Angelo, Jordan, Julius or even Kevin or Ben), we all know who the leader of the L.A. Sparks is and that’s Miss Parker. The candid Candace being as open and expressive on the floor as she is off it. The Michael Jordan of the Los Angeles Sparks and WNBA history Lisa Leslie has her jersey in the rafters along with the Magic and Worthy greats like Shaq, Wilt and Kareem, but her former teammate Candance is finally being the Kobe that follows in the sneaker steps of her mentor. She’s been great thus far. Catching dunks and records like Leslie. Also whilst moonlighting in the European leagues in the extended offseason to get more play than pay (you ever seen a man do that?) and further her court experience and education. But now it’s her time to dominate. Forget MVP…she’s after the real trophy.
Parker parted with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists as the Sparks dispatched and rose above the Phoenix Mercury 77-71 last night. Showing that this squad was primed for more than “just” a top ten clean sweep. So far they’ve swept the floor with everyone they’ve faced and most of these teams are no scrubs either. Showing no TLC to even the type of teams that look to explode on TNT by the nightly. On opening night they even beat the predicted West best. Storming Seattle and their legend Sue Bird and potential rookie and future of this franchise and association Breanna Stewart.
Stewie may be the future but Candace is right now. And right about time. It’s not all on her however as this team is deeper than an L.A. storm drain when it finally rains in Southern California. But this L.A. queen is not on her own for the throne. To say Carson is the essence of this team daily is more than a play on words to her first name. She deserves the credit. Where when it comes to hitting big from downtown L.A. just off Pico Boulevard, Kristi Toliver is just the spark that plugs and makes this electrifying team in the heart of L.A.’s neon skyline exactly that. And finally in the middle of it all like those three blocks of Hotel Figueroa is Nneka Ogwumike. It doesn’t get much bigger than that. One day they need to put pictures of these players on the towers like they have the Lakers.
Because in another two decades you’ll see more jerseys, banners and even bronze up in Los Angeles. These Sparks are about to ignite.
Sister Act. Ogwumike Siblings Spark Hollywood Reunion In Los Angeles
It’s a family affair in Hollywood.
‘Mike check, 1…2, 1…2. Chiney Ogwumike has gone from the Connecticut Sun to a Californian one to reunite with Stanford sister Nneka.
And in an instant the Candace Parker Sparks have plugged themselves in to this year’s favourite to be the HIGHER. FURTHER. FASTER, ‘Captain Marvel’ of the WNBA.
The Sparks are now illuminated by this former scorching Sun star, her former MVP sister, Candace, Point Goddess Chelsea Gray and hot clutch shooter Alana Beard. And that’s just for starters, before we get to the splinters that will stick in you from the bolstered bench. Or their seventh seal in this year’s draft, the Baylor made star Kalani Brown.
Looks like Laker legend and new coach Derek Fisher-no stranger to the closing seconds of the game himself-has a lot to light up from his sideline fuse.
The Sparks gave up a first round draft pick from next year’s 2020 lottery to get this former number one pick in the 2014 pick of players and it was well worth every spot. Chiney is a star in her prime now, whilst her sister Nneka is a veteran legend. Combine the two of them together on the same squad like their Stanford college alumni days and you have a one, two punch like the Sparks had in the legendary Lisa Leslie days alongside Candace Parker. Except the Los Angeles Sparks still have Parker. One of the best players in the league right now and for all time, giving them an even better big-three and superteam then they’ve ever had in their purple and gold coronation.
This is beautiful for a game that is all about family. From the Grant one to the Lopez twin peaks. Even sons inheriting the skills of their father from Gary Payton II to Tim Hardaway Jnr. To what’s to come from Bol Bol, Shareef O’Neal (let’s make this special and get him drafted to pops Lake Show) and Bronny.
Oh yeah and the Ball boys.
But nothing is quite as special as these sisters doing it for themselves and each other on the Lakers sister squad that now stands as its own in STAPLES like the California clashing Clippers.
After becoming Rookie of the Year, Chiney suffered through knee and Achilles injuries whilst playing in China which stunted her seasons. But in the last one this low post threat, bullied back in the paint with a 14 point average and half of that in rebounds with seven. Expect those stats that would be the perfect compliment to Candace and big sis to only improve anyway. As will the perimeter presence of the likes of All Star point Gray and Beard trimming down those shots from downtown Pico.
Peek at your 2019 WNBA champions. Because the best of the best Skylar Diggings-Smith and Breanna Stewart will join the legendary likes of Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore missing the majority if not in most cases all the forthcoming season. Which is such a shame, even if there is so much more talent on display in this expect great league. But with Storm’s weathered in Seattle and Dallas Wings clipped, these Sparks with the Fish that saved L.A. in charge are showing like in the Michael Cooper days they are more than just a legendary name plugged into their head coaching seat.
The stand for one of the best leagues in the greatest game and it’s next generation starts now.
Watch them make way and lead the charge in their game, their way.
And worthy of a Hollywood story, but a real household one, these sisters are each other keepers.
Canada’s Bridget Carleton selected 21st overall WNBA Draft
“Number 21 — went number 21, maybe there is a little karma there.”
Canadian Bridget Carleton (Chatham, Ont.) was selected 21st overall (2nd round,9th pick) by the Connecticut Sun at the 2019 WNBA Draft.
Carleton concluded arguably the best season by a Canadian woman at the NCAA division one level — culminating a spectacular career as the best small forward in the country earning the recipient of the 2019 Cheryl Miller award and Big 12 player of the year award — a first for a Cyclones player and a Canadian.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be drafted by the Connecticut Sun,” Carleton said. ” They have a great franchise and an amazing coaching staff. I can’t wait to get there, soak it all in and work as hard as I can. I am looking forward to starting this chapter of my basketball career.” —
In four years with Cyclones the 6’1″ guard racked-up almost every accolade possible, including consecutive unanimous all-Big 12
Consistent throughout her NCAA collegiate career, Carleton averaged a career-best 21.4 points per game, alongside 8.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks while improving her already impressive shooting numbers to 46.3% from field, 37% from three-pointers and 85.4 the foul-line.
Starting in 121 out of a possible 124 games for Iowa State, Carleton came-up eight-points shy of the school’s all-time scoring mark with 2142 points — failing to score under 19 points in a game just once in the
If it all goes according to plan, Iowa State could become the first NCAA school to have multiple Canadians selected in the WNBA and NBA drafts’ in the same year.
Both Marial Shayok (Ottawa) and Lindell Wigginton (Nova Scotia) who played crucial in the Cyclones men’s basketball program also declared in for the 2019 NBA Draft and strong cases for being selected in second-round.
Carleton’s selection marks the fifth straight year a Canadian has been drafted into the world’s best professional basketball league. Kia Nurke (2018) Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (2017), Adut Bulgak (2016), Ruth Hamblin (2016), Nirra Fields (2016), Natalie Anchonwa (2015)
Lastly, she is the first Canadian to be drafted out of the Big 12 since Canada’s highest WNBA pick — Stacey Dales out of the Oklahoma Sooners went third overall to the Washington Mystics back in 2002.
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