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Watch The WNBA Work…Right After The Olympics

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Rio 2016.

Yeah…we miss it too.

It’s almost been two weeks since the end of the Olympics in Brazil that the U.S. lead from the medal board. Behind old and new legends alike like Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and the Womens National Basketball Team that deserve your vote as best U.S competitors in these games. A games that the Gold Medal Basketball game closed like a ceremony finale a fortnight removed. But still there’s already been more than a handful of WNBA games since to provide the purists with their fix.

Great expectations have been proved true from a league of extraordinary women who with no days off have to wrap up the second half of the season before the Summer sun goes down.

And the NBA men have until November to get their thing together. Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant join LeBron James and Steph Curry in having the rest of the hot months off. Aside from pick-ups and practice that is.

But hey…we’re talking about practice.

Not a game that these women are right back in to. Coming off the flight with barely a break to showcase their new medals on their towns local news network interview syndicate.

Take the Seattle Storm. Their rookie Breanna Stewart, gleaming with her first gold and veteran legend Sue Bird with her incredible fourth should be feeling under the weather right now. But they have thunder struck their return home. Plugging Candace Parker’s well rested, league best Los Angeles Sparks with a 72-70 win, all whilst wearing pink to raise cancer awareness in as beautiful a move as a flying outlet pass to Stewie’s post from Bird.

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Then Seattle’s best basketball franchise met the only team to come close to L.A. in the Minnesota Lynx. And it wasn’t just an All-Star affair…it was an Olympian one. As a total of six players who represented the U.S. took to the floor. Along with the Storm’s Japanese star Ramu Tokashiki to make it seven seals of Olympic flame fame. The Lynx cats had more however with the magnificent Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Sylvia Fowles leading ‘Sota to a 92-80 storming of Seattle, despite should-be Olympian Jewel Lloyd showing up and out for Emerald City.

What more can you expect from all this work in a legaue that showcases more jumpers than November and circus shots than big tops? And when it comes to real dimes, real assists…you just can’t pass this up.

If you’ve got around 200 bucks you can get a league pass to the NBA for the entirety of next season. To watch the rest of this WNBA one in it’s special 20 year anniversary comes to around the price of a decent sandwich. There doesn’t seem like much justice in this, but there’s no need to remortgage your house. If you want to see great basketball, just skip a lunch.

Why take a break from basketball now the Olympic games are over? These women certainly aren’t.

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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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