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Catching Tamika’s Last Regular Season Game

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Catching Tamika's Last Regular Season Game

Kobe Bryant isn’t basketball’s only legendary number 24 that we’re saying goodbye to this year, forever in a fond farewell.

Another Nike flagship athlete is just doing it for the last time this campaign as their black and white full page spread attests to in tribute.

This weekend the legendary Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever played her last regular season game in the WNBA she’s dominated for almost as long as its two decade, twenty year run.

But she isn’t ready to pass the torch to the new superstar likes of Skylar Diggins just yet, as her Indy team clipped the Dallas Wings 83-60 sick to secure Indiana’s fifth placed seed out East for the 2016 Playoffs. Tamika made 16 points, to go along with 7 off the glass, two gimmies and a here you go. Upsetting the former Tulsa Shock in their first season taking wing in Dallas, Texas.

Like her jersey sponser the finish line is in sight, but like the baseline she’s not ready to cross it just yet.

Let her still play.

And boy is she balling as Pacer and Team USA brother Paul George caught Catchings last “regular” game for Indiana following their time in Brazil together for the dual gold 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

A dominant Olympia that saw Tamika team up with another retiring great, New York Liberty’s Swin Cash about to make her WNBA withdrawal for her fourth gold. You can bank on more of the womens national basketball team not seeing Tokyo as the legendary likes of Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi will probably call it a day before the next Olympics in Japan in four years time.

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What used to be Los Angeles Spark, Lisa Leslie’s league (and is now Candace Parker’s) has delivered on the great expectations as we have watched so many greats work. And after this twenty sixteen Springfield inductee Sheryl Swoopes, you can be sure Tamika Catching’s will enter the Hall of Fame as soon as she is eligible.

This great womens game is saying goodbye to the best of its best as former Spark and Atlanta Dream star DeLisha Milton-Jones has just penned an open letter to retirement too. Still, although Catch-24 just bid farewell to her Bankers Life Fieldhouse faithful, save the tears Hoosiers, because it aint over yet.

Hoping to catch playoff Fever for Indy like scarlett, Catchings is still a final letter away from her postseason curtain call. The 37 year old Tamika looks to rise against the Mercury of Phoenix against another flame throwing great whose long, legendary career isn’t ready to be put out yet…

…Taurasi.

It has the makings of epic. Expect it. With everything and all they’ve accomplished to play for.

Catch it while you can.

Forever 24.

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2019 Champion Washington Mystics Mystify The WNBA

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2019 Champion Washington Mystics Mystify The WNBA
Expect Fate...

Masks off! That’s a wrap!

The NBA may be back…even if it is only preseason (yeah tell that to everyone in Tokyo, Japan last night), but don’t call it a comeback like the BIG3’s LL. Because like being here for years it never left. Yet the real dear departure we’re about to mourn is the curtain call on the great expectations of one of the best WNBA seasons tonight. One that’s been a Spark and a Storm, despite either of those legendary Los Angeles and Seattle franchises making the finals cut.

But instead it was the MVP with the face-mask, inspiring every Bradley Beal and John Wall Wizard in attendance to follow plastic facial suit, Elena Delle Donne who lead her Washington Mystics to their first WNBA championship crown setting the Sun on Connecticut. Mystifying like INXS for the leagues new sensation that’s about to live baby live.

And you thought the biggest thing in D.C. right now was top ten Japanese draft pick Rui Hachimura? A year before his nation hosts the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for what we’re sure will be a legendary rookie campaign for the ages.

Washington basketball looks as beautiful as the magnificent Mall right now.

Just days after Bradley Beal penned a poignant piece for The Players Tribune sports personality journal entries in support of all of Washington and worldwide basketball, man and women, the Mystics showed it was all about them with an 89-78 win over the Suns. Rising like the trophy they lifted to follow their first banner and the epic emotion you see in the photo above.

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Caption contest, greatness, legendary, amazing, everything.

So much more.

So, so much more.

“It feels phenomenal, my goodness, feels so good. Hard to put it into words,”  the epic leader Elena told press postgame. It really is indescribable, but we have a few more to give it a go.

Even with Delle Donne almost done with more herniated discs than you used to have albums in your cars CD changer (get well soon champ), she still hit 21 (all in that LeBron and Kobe face mask), to go along with the Finals MVP (to go along with her regular season one), Emma Meesseman’s team high 22.

Holding the leagues best record and now the trophy itself this was sweet redemption of emotion for the Mystics in this Game 5 after losing to the Storm’s front in last years Finals. When they were without their Belgium superstar Meesseman in the mess. But this year with everything up their sleeve, holding all the cards, the Mystics magic wasn’t going to be affected by any weather. Come Storm or Sun.

Sure when it comes to these Harry Potter themed teams in the United States capital city the Wizards may be pulling something big out their hat this year. But nothing spells the Mystics quite like M-V-P.

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Elena Delle Donne With The Most Valuable Face Mask

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Elena Delle Donne With The Most Valuable Face Mask
The Phantom...

Vegas may have all the chips with the Sin City Aces and Hollywood the L.A. big-three with Candace Parker and the Ogwumike sister, sisters. Whilst the team they just beat Seattle, a storm of legacy making to legendary players, from Breanna Stewart to Sue Bird. Herself making sport, entertainment and all inclusive headlines for her off-court partnership with US soccer star and World Cup MVP winner, Megan Rapinoe.

But it’s D.C. that have the capital star as Washington’s mystifying Mystics star Elena Delle Donne is the Most Valuable Player for the second time.

EDD MVP of the WNBA.

And she did it all nose to knee injury.

Detroit Piston Rip Hamilton made the face-mask famous. And then ‘Star Wars’ super-fan Kobe Bryant became the Phantom Menace when he wore one for a bit, mauling his man like a Darth Sith lord. LeBron also had his own black, Bat Bron (Happy Batman Day caped crusaders), phantom opera during his time behind plastic like a Hollywood star for the theater. Even the dunking muscle of Russell Westbrook brought some Bane brutality to his. This trademark trend just seems to bring the beast out of the best. You remember how Bird flew through the black eye of the Storm last year with one? And now you can add MVP Elena Delle Donne to the face mask Hall of Fame.

And famous fans were even wearing matching masks in support solidarity as the back-court brotherhood of the NBA’s Washington Wizards John Wall and Bradley Beal sat court-side, faces sweating.

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“Thank you to the people who made my mask and my knee brace. There should seriously be MVP awards for them”, Delle Donne told Twitter later in an acceptance speech thread of humble thanks.

Elena Delle Donne With The Most Valuable Player 2019 Wnba
Washington Mystics Elena Delle Donne – 2019 WNBA Most Valuable Player

Elena kept the face mask on after her nose healed because…well you know it’s inspiring and intimidating and cool as hell. But the knee brace has been a God send Most Underrated Player Of The Season. After her nightmare playoff injury against the Atlanta Dream last year, this sleeve holding her leg together cap to joint has helped the reawakening of a legends career.

Even without the MVP or LL Cool J knockout, bell rocking comeback, Delle Donne was already one of the greatest WNBA players of all-time…let alone the right now G.O.A.T.’s. But take a look at her now.

She just may be one of the games greatest. Counting either gender.

Ignorantly don’t believe us? Well remember Carter, men lie, women lie, but numbers don’t.

How’s the first player in the women’s game to record 50/40/90 splits in a season suit you?

If you’re not impressed, suit yourself. Because Delle Donne don’t care. Right now she’s focusing on bigger things. Like beating the house in Las Vegas following her Game 2 win against the Aces. And after Hamby’s miracle roll from half-court against Elena’s former team the Chicago Sky, it’s time for the MVP to run it back in revenge.

Now that would really be an ace in the hole.

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