Saturday, June 28, 2008

Candace Parker Named BET Female Athlete of the Year

Candace Parker just keeps racking up the awards. She beat out some great nominees for the best female athlete of the year award. Kobe Bryant was named the male athlete of the year. The city of L.A. just keeps getting better when it comes to basketball.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mark Kriski Kidnapped...

WATCH THE LA SPARKS GET THE ANCHOR MAN

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Candace Got Her 1st Dunk

My girl CP3 got her first dunk of her WNBA career. I have been waiting for this thing to go down, and versus the fever, a game the Sparks wanted to avenge, after losing to them by 2 in double o/t a few weeks ago.

Sparks Lose To SilverStars

SAN ANTONIO -- Ann Wauters had 21 points and Sophia Young had 20 to lead San Antonio to a 77-75 victory over the Sparks on Friday night, the Silver Stars' fifth consecutive victory.

Becky Hammon had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Silver Stars.

The matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference seemed to be in hand when the Silver Stars took a 52-34 lead with 7:01 left in the third quarter.

But Candace Parker, who finished with 27 points and nine rebounds, keyed a furious comeback by the Sparks, who had won four consecutive games.

Parker had 12 points in the fourth quarter and her free throws with 14.2 seconds left cut the Sparks' deficit to 75-73.

But Hammon was fouled on the other end with 12.8 seconds left and made both free throws to all but seal the victory and keep the Silver Stars perfect at home this season.

Lisa Leslie had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Sparks, and Kiesha Brown also had 11 points.

The Silver Stars ended the second quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 45-28 lead.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Offseason rumors

• With the Lakers flaming out in the Finals, it didn't take long for speculation about Lamar Odom to begin. A number of teams covet Odom because of his expiring contract.

I'd expect the Lakers to hear from the Nets (for Richard Jefferson), the Bulls (for Andres Nocioni), the Kings (for Ron Artest) and the Grizzlies (for Mike Miller).

The Lakers and Grizzlies, as you might remember, have a history.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

http://www.wnba.com/games/20080614/LASSAC/boxscore.html

Candace Parker playing on a bad "knee" still managed to get 15pts on 7-15 shooting with 9rbs, and 2asst, and 2blocks. The Sparks were stellar in the second half, and the big 3 did not disappoint, but Parker was wincing noticeably, while wearing a sleeve on that knee. Get well soon Candace, with Big Syl down, we need you to be at your best for the olympics.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

50 trying to get back on top, so now T.I.

June 14, 2008. MediaTakeOut.com just got its hands on some EXPLOSIVE new lyrics to a song called You So Tough on the G-Unit album. In it, he suggests that Atlanta rapper T.I. has become a confidential informant to federal agents.

Here are some of 50's shocking lyrics

Nowadays this rap sh*t ain’t adding up,
How nigg*s get caught with 10 machine guns, only get 12 months?
Oo-weee, don’t talk to me
If you talking to him, you talking to them…

I got the best lawyers that money can buy
They say at best they woulda got me 10 or maybe 9.
I said, how do you explain how the homie breezed?
They said, you keep your mouth shut or you eat the cheese.


And now ... ladies and gentlemen ... the world of hip hop just got a whole lot more interesting. Love 50 or hate him, where would hip hop be without him .....

Alexis Hornbuckle has a Double Double

http://www.wnba.com/games/20080614/DETPHO/boxscore.html

Alexis Hornbuckle recorded a double double today against the Mecury. She played a great all-around game. Bucky as she is known by UT fans, is as great a rebounder in the WNBA as she was in college. 4 of the UT starters, in which 3 are starters for their WNBA teams are all that and more on the NEXT level. Keep creating greatness Pat.

Kevin Garnett gives the Lakers the motivation they need to WIN

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KG has finally given Kobe what he needed to make HISTORY. Those comments, though true to some point, will surely light a fire under OUR entire TEAM. It's one thing that I do know, and this finals will be the display of great TEAM BALL. We have proven time and time again that when we play TEAM BALL, Boston CANNOT play with us. Now we are going to play this thing for the next 144 minutes. It's a 1st time for everything, and the Lakers will be the first to comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals. Let's Go Lakers.

Fear Not, Believe ONLY!!!

At this time in Lakerland it "seems" bleak, but it should not be so right now. I have watched the Lakers in 3 decades now, and I have had far more UPs than DOWNS! I have seen some of the most (what I call) horrendous breakdowns, and some of the most exhilarating comebacks! And what we as fans of the game are about to witness is the FIRST EVER COMEBACK IN THE NBA FINALS FROM A 3-1 DEFICIT!

I know people are thinking, this person just loves the Lakers, and is talking with her heart as a fan, but know that I just TRULY BELIEVE. This team has all the components to become NBA CHAMPIONS THIS SEASON, and that's exactly what will HAPPEN!This is not about having the best closer in the game (Kobe Bryant), or the Hall of Fame coach with Phil Jackson, it's because we have a TEAM! A team made up of basketball BROTHERS! A team that has the DNA of Kobe Bryant, that I will not lose DNA!

So fans FEAR NOT, BELIEVE ONLY!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Lady Vols Freshmen Make U18 Team

rewer, Stricklen on USA U18 team

By Dan Fleser (Contact)
Originally published 01:15 p.m., June 12, 2008
Updated 09:23 p.m., June 12, 2008

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Alyssia Brewer received a revised summer itinerary Thursday.

The Tennessee women’s basketball incoming freshman will be taking the long route to Knoxville — via South America.

Brewer and fellow UT classmate Shekinna Stricklen were two of 12 players named to USA Basketball’s U18 team. The team will reconvene for training July 10-16 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and July 17-20 in Washington, D.C. The U.S. will play in an FIBA Americas Championship event July 23-27 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“I wasn’t expecting this at all, I was actually in shock,’’ said Brewer, from Sapulpa, Okla., “I think this is awesome because I’m one of 12 out of the whole country on this team.”

Brewer and Stricklen were two of 35 players who took part in three days of team trials in Colorado Springs.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of the USA team,’’ said Stricklen, from Morrilton, Ark.

Two Lady Vols freshmen who didn’t make the cut are Amber Gray and Alicia Manning. They will be arriving at UT next month for the second session of summer school, along with fellow freshman Briana Bass. Former Webb School star Glory Johnson, the sixth member of the Lady Vols’ freshman class, is attending both summer sessions.

Brewer and Stricklen will be studying abroad.

“I think it will be a valuable learning experience,’’ UT coach Pat Summitt said. “The international competition will be good. It should be a competitive, challenging environment. It will be a good time for them to grow up.”

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Lakers vs Celtics

We have ONE key to winning this game...LAMAR ODOM being ON! Their is no one on the Celtics bench who can guard him one on one including KG. So let's see what happens!
As we can see the man started 6-6, and had 2 more fg's after that. But I must say it was not his fault. I must say...I never understand why when a team is having so much success at something they just GO AWAY from it, and start chucking shots up. Credit the Boston defense...they took the Lakers out of what was working for them, and chipped away at that 24pt. lead, and had their way, and I must say Ray Allen is an absolute STUD.

Shannon Bobbitt is going to take TJ's minutes

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The Los Angeles Sparks received some big help from a rookie from the University of Tennessee on Wednesday night. And it wasn't Candace Parker.

Shannon Bobbitt entered the game midway through the opening quarter and contributed seven points, three assists and two rebounds the remainder of the quarter in a 80-73 victory over the Detroit Shock at Staples Center.

Former WNBA rookie of the year Temeka Johnson, a 5-foot-3 point guard who had started every game for the Sparks this season, did not dress after a zero-point, no-assist, four-turnover performance in the 85-79 loss to Phoenix. Keisha Brown, who made the first start in her eight-year WNBA career, teamed with the 5-3 Bobbitt to give the Sparks better production at the position.

Bobbitt played 19 minutes.

Brown replaced Bobbitt at the 7:36 mark of the second quarter and quickly made two jump shots to give the Sparks their biggest lead, 43-30, with 6:44 remaining in the half.

"I thought we needed a bigger guard in there," Sparks coach Michael Cooper said of his decision to insert Brown into the starting lineup."

Bobbitt made all four of her free throws but was 1-of-8 shooting.

Los Angeles made 24 of 24 free-throw attempts and was carried by a balanced offense after Parker fell into early foul trouble.

Parker finished with 10 points, the lowest total of her young professional career.

Detroit rookie guard Alexis Hornbuckle of the Lady Vols played 27 minutes and scored 8 points, but was 1-of-8 shooting.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sparks vs Shock The coaches get involved!

Michael Cooper, Bill Laimbeer are still rivals
They have gone from Lakers-Pistons showdowns in the NBA to Sparks-Shock showdowns in the WNBA.
By Dan Arritt, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
June 11, 2008
Detroit Shock Coach Bill Laimbeer was describing the similarities in style between his WNBA team and the Detroit Pistons, where he bumped, banged and scowled for 14 seasons.

He then made comparisons between the Sparks and the Lakers teams of the 1980s, when Sparks Coach Michael Cooper made a name for himself as a feisty Lakers veteran.

"Both Coop and I are creating teams that are our own likeness in some ways," Laimbeer said, hours ahead of tonight's Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and the Boston Celtics. "He tries to create that flashy, Los Angeles . . . "

Said Cooper: "Showtime, Bill, it's called Showtime."

Laimbeer kept on, " . . . that hyper-Showtime garbage, and we're more blue-collared, hard-nosed, physical, defensive . . . "

Once again, Cooper couldn't bite his tongue: "That's called dirty ball. Thug ball."

And so it went as the two WNBA coaches talked basketball, a back-and-forth that was part tongue-in-cheek, but also wore the smell of years-old NBA bad blood.

Detroit is in town to play the Sparks on Wednesday night at Staples Center and Laimbeer and Cooper don't mind getting together for a little one-on-one verbal exchange. The colorful pair are also scheduled to appear side by side tonight on the Lakers postgame show on ABC. Odds are, a few verbal arrows will be slung then too.

"We don't get along, we co-exist because we have to," Cooper said after Laimbeer exited the speaker phone. "It's like a love-hate relationship. I hate the guy because, on the Lakers, we were on our way to a three-peat and it was the Detroit Pistons that stopped it, then we're on our way to a three-peat in the WNBA and the Shock stopped it."

The latest streak-buster came in 2003. The Shock won the WNBA championship again in 2006. This season, the Sparks were preseason favorites to win it all, but Laimbeer sounded confident that Detroit will be knocking on the door come playoff time. After all, he expects his players to adopt his never-surrender attitude.

"I hope my teams take on my personality," Laimbeer said. "My personality is, we're going to win the basketball game no matter what. We're going to win the championship no matter what, that's all we care about . . . they go out there with the intensity and no minutes off, no seconds off."

The Shock are off to a 7-2 start, a half-game behind first-place Connecticut in the Eastern Conference. The Sparks are 4-2 and 1 1/2 games behind first-place Minnesota in the West.

"What we try to do is bring the true professionalism to the women's game," Cooper said. "I think it has always been there, but I think with us bringing in our expertise and our knowledge and some of the things we did as players, we're helping our players and our particular team grow, and I think that's setting a high standard."

Both men also point to the similarities between the NBA's growth of the early '80s, and what the WNBA is experiencing in terms of the rise in popularity and the expanded competition for roster spots.

"The competition for jobs was intense and it made players really focus on their craft," Laimbeer said of his early years in the NBA. "It made the on-court competition, in practice and the games, intense."

The league also is reaping the benefits of a rookie class led by the Sparks' Candace Parker, the only WNBA player ranked in the top 10 in scoring average, rebounding and assists. Players like Parker now bring a built-in audience with them, having starred in college and the NCAA Final Four.

"When cable television started to expand to [men's] college basketball, the name recognition drove the NBA to new heights," Laimbeer said. "We're seeing the same thing with the explosion of television in women's college basketball."

With that, he asked Cooper if he would be wearing a coat and tie on the post-game show. Cooper said he was. "But you can come casual," he told Laimbeer. "Just don't wear a T-shirt with a coffee stain on it."

Let's Go Lakers

Tonight The Drama King of the NBA Kobe Beatdown Beantown (have'em screamin MVP) Bryant will create a great storyline of redemption for the LA Lakers tonight. All that drama that Pierce created with the "knee" injury, will be topped. Because the thing about the stat line for Kobe tonight will include a good amount of assists and rebounds. The "MAMBA" has been riled up, and is ready to strike. The rest of the guys just need to play with their hands ready to receive the pass and SCORE! I would be surprised if he even comes out of the game! Let's play some basketbal

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Great Article about Kobe

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs2008/columns/story?columnist=smith_stephen&page=Kobe-080603

Parker, Parker, Parker

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cs-080602-candace-parker-chicago-sky-wnba,0,1550185.story

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Kobe Bryant - ESPN Sunday Conversation (Finals 2008)

Candace Parker continues to become the best

FILLING THE BOX SCORE
Few things in life live up to the hype. It is why I’m hesitant to travel the world and see the sights. Well, that and the money thing…but I digress. Four games into her professional career and Candace Parker is already dwarfing the hype she had coming out of Tennessee. After notching the WNBA’s first ever five-by-five on Thursday, Parker racked up her third double-double of the season during the Sparks’ 70-59 win in Washington. She finished the afternoon with 15 points and 11 rebounds to go along with six assists and four blocks. It is only a matter of time until she starts rolling up the triple-doubles.
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