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.
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…
It has the makings of epic. Expect it. With everything and all they’ve accomplished to play for.
Catch it while you can.
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.
Captain Marvel And The WNBA Ask, ‘What Makes A Hero’?
HIGHER. FURTHER. FASTER. Since it’s Superbowl spot touched down alongside the Avengers ‘Endgame’ she’s set to save following the ‘Infinity War’, the excitement for the new ‘Captain Marvel’s movie has reached epic levels. More than Marvel’s answer to ‘Wonder Woman’, the first true blockbuster of the calender, setting up her own assemble like ‘Black Panther’ last year is set to run the world like girls. Starring ‘Room’ Best Actress Oscar winner Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Marvel are finally rolling their sleeves up and showing a superwoman’s worth. And the massive movie also starring ‘Crazy, Rich Asians’ star Gemma Chan, Annette Benning, ‘Avengers Assemble’ star Clark Gregg back on the big-screen after ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D’, Jude Law and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, shows in its empowering advertising campaigns that you can’t spell hero without H.E.R.
“We all have something to fight for. Something that calls us to lead. The question is how will you get it done,” our hero asks as we see footage from the forthcoming film mixed with real life superheroes in action. Breanna Stewart. Candace Parker. Sue Bird. With Basketball dominating social media much more than football we were only just thinking how long will it be before All-Star Game commercials are treated with as much anticipatory hype fanfare as Superbowl spots? Well apparently not long as at halftime of last night’s A.S.G. at the All Star weekend in Charlotte the WNBA and Marvel joined forces to air an amazing trailer/commercial for both the best big superhero movie right now and the next season of Basketball superstars performing heroics.
Let’s hope there’s a crossover comic-book next.
Empowering women and inspiring young girls worldwide to pick up a ball or the mantle of hero which they already are, this commercial was a hit success. Sure tweet about ‘Team LeBron’ all you want but there is no King without you know who. And standing on their own royal appointment these crowning Marvel’s rocked the halftime crowd like rapper J.Cole on the mic.
It’s just like Kyrie Irving told us at Charlotte this weekend, “women run the world. That’s the truth about it. Whether men want to admit it or not. Women run the world”.
Who run the world?
After a terrific season that saw Seattle and it’s future and all-time legend of this sport regardless of gender, Stewart and Bird storm their way to bringing the reign back to Emerald City. The spark was lit that carried the torch and lead her forward. And as Christy Hedgpeth, the COO of the WNBA says, “Women like Captain Marvel and our WNBA players define and inspire our own version of super hero in their everyday lives through their strength, speed and power. Whether that’s through basketball or striving to be the best they can be in the community, our players are inspiring examples of everyday heroes.”
Perfectly fitting you can see a hero for our times in Brie Larson’s ‘Captain Marvel’, from March 8th. International Women’s Day. And then come May 24th right before this writers idol and sisters birthday you can catch a whole other kind of blockbuster season. Hotter than the Summer it’s set in.
They told you to expect great.
Now everyone can witness for real, ‘What Makes A Her(o)’.
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