Did you watch her work?
Most casual WNBA fans may think the league and legacy of the Laker purple and gold sister franchise, the Los Angeles Sparks lies with the legend of retired great Lisa Leslie. Whilst those lent over a little more like a quarter past four may think that when it comes to these latest ladies on the Sparks former 2013 WNBA MVP and poster-child of the new generation, Candace Parker leads the way.
But in a league of great expectations. Of Sue Bird’s and Diana Taurasi’s. Elena Delle Donne’s and Skylar Diggins and even for sure Rookie Of The Year Breanna Stewart, it’s all about Nneka Ogwumike right now.
The Los Angeles Sparks star is your unaminous 2016 Most Valuable Player of the Womens National Basketball Association.
Sparking Los Angeles to a 28 and 2 record, crazily only good enough for the second seed out West come these around the corner of the basket playoffs, Ogwumike was instrumental in all that was conducted on court. As in the wake of Kobe Bryant’s Laker retirement, purple and gold Los Angeles basketball came back with an 11 and nothing start that was only capped wheb they met fellow league best, West powerhouse, the Minnesota Lynx.
Nneka ranks third in the WNBA in overall scoring averaging 19.7 points per game. She also takes the bronze in rebound averages with 9.1 boards per. But she leads the league all-round just like she does with her 66.5% shooting percentage. Good…no great for second best all-time in WNBA league history.
And if you thought that was good Ogwumike set the tone for consecutive field goals. As her M.J. 23 leads this association all-time. And in June this 6,2 Power Forward was 100% perfect in every shot she took.
Now who are you going to give the ball to in the waning seconds of a game? Nneka or Candace? It’s a spoiled scouts choice.
Now Nneka Ogwumike lets is fly like a Bird, Larry or Sue, she shows this womens game is just as great as the mens, not “capable”. Just like the Gold Medal winning Womens National Team did in this Summers 2016 Olympics in Rio even besting the boys.
But you know who else should have been there?
“I was told there were a lot of athletes at my position and that I had a bright future,” the ever professional Sparks superstar told Los Angeles Times press. “I believed it. I’m fine with it.”
But we believe in something else.
We believe in her.
We believe that Nneka is about to go for her own gold with fellow Rio snubbed, MVP great Candace Parker.
Now every young girl is going to want to be like Ogwumike.
2019 Champion Washington Mystics Mystify The WNBA
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.
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.
Elena Delle Donne With The Most Valuable Face Mask
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.
“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 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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