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The Fish That Saved LA Is The WNBA’s New Spark

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Coach Fish.

The Lakers beat the San Antonio Spurs last night for another day in the King James version of Lake Show life, like all those good Supersonic days that rap legend Ice Cube has seen from the Good Year blimp. But almost a decade ago with less than 0.4 seconds to go in the Western Conference Finals clutch king Derek Fisher saved the day against San Antone for Shaq and Kobe and Hall of Fame teammates like Karl Malone and Gary Payton, like he had done countless, clutch times before.

But almost a half decade ago in what seems like less time then it took to get that Hail Mary shot off, after reuniting with Phil Jackson in New York as a Knick coach, Fisher was fired after a record that screams more at it just being the Knicks than it being because of his inspired IQ’s mind for the dry erase.

A Laker and playoff legend whose number 2 (sorry Lonzo) deserves its place up there with all those banners his 3 balls helped raise, next to the 8’s and 24’s he entered the league with in the class of ’96. And reunited between all that Jazz, Golden State, Thunder and Mavericks. Quite simply, role player or postseason closer hero, Derek Fisher is one of the greatest Lakers of all-time. The Point Guard competitive great was even in the running for the latest Lakers Head Coach gig originally, until another alumni integral part of the Lakers association Luke Walton came over from his sideline championship mentorship in Golden State with Steve Kerr’s Warriors.

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But now after three years sidelined from the sidelines Derek Fisher takes over from 2016 WNBA championship head Brian Agler to become the 12th coach in Los Angeles Sparks history. One that has featured other Laker role legends like the defensive specialist and WNBA winner with Lisa Leslie, Michael Cooper and of course Kobe’s dad Joe Bryant. And now it’s Showtime again as LA looks to find that Spark once more. Now the sister franchise looks to reclaim the throne from the Storm in the King’s town. And with Queen Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike leading the women’s game revolution, we couldn’t think of anyone better to take them back to the promised land of hoop heaven sent from the Basketball God’s, than the man suiting up who used to strap on a headband and put a whole team on his back. Now the back-up spark-plug will be backing the Sparks in the electric downtown, neon hub of a live LA.

Except maybe, Lisa Leslie.

But her time will come. Until then…

…Go Fish!

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Canada’s Bridget Carleton selected 21st overall WNBA Draft

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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 first team awards (2017-18) including fifteen conference player of the week awards in her career.

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.

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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 grueling 18-game Big 12 conference schedule.

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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Captain Marvel And The WNBA Ask, ‘What Makes A Hero’?

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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.

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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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