Posts Tagged ‘Derrick Rose

18
Apr
09

D-Rose: Chitown & Memphis 10 Callabo

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After watching my boy D-Rose torch the Celtics 36pts & 11 dimes, I had to do a quick post on him. Anyone who is surprised by his performance today, never watched his run through the NCAA tournament last year. Derrick Rose likes to play possum during the season, then explode once the postseason hits. I remember waiting all regular season to see why so many draft prognosticators considered him a top 5 pick. Don’t get me wrong, he was always a difference maker, but based on his regular season performances he looked like a player that could evolve into a potential top pick, within a year or two.

 

The same kid, whose diet consisted of gummy bears, twizzlers, and pizza, lost his damn mind in the NCAA tournament. All of his stats improved from the regular season, including his points per game average. Finally I saw the kid from Simeon put on his cape and transform into the blur from Chitown. The same crossover and blazing first step that put the nation’s best point guards on their asses in the tournament, was on display against the Celtics in game one. And just as the case was with Memphis last year, the Bulls will only go as far as Derrick Rose takes them.

 

Good luck homie, and props for a great playoff debut.

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15
Apr
09

Legs, Hips, & Redbones….OooWEE!

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 Like most men out there, I’m not interested in ladies’ pro sports unless there’s eye candy that entices me to check it out. That’s kinda funny considering I’m such a big fan of women’s college hoops. Most players peak in college,  having their one shining moment be a first round upset over a top 5 powerhouse. Then there are those serious ballers who eventually take their game to the WNBA. But the ones who are unforgettable are the cuties with the sweet jump shots, and “OooWEE” big booty princesses who dominate the glass.

I wanna pay homage to 5 draftees in last week’s WNBA draft. For four years these ladies left it all on the court, and looked good while doing so. So here’s my nickel bag.

 

5. 27th pick – Atlanta Dream – Jessica Morrow, G/F, Baylor 

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Jessica Morrow is real cutie with a smile that makes you wanna open your checkbook. She’s also a self-proclaimed “girly girl”. Damn, I sound like I’m auctioning her off on some dating show. Anyway, you have to love girl who went from a streaky shooter at the start of her career, to a defensive stalwart by the end of her senior year. Her coach challenged her to match her effort on the offensive end, by becoming the team’s defensive stopper. Night after night ol’ girl had to guard the opposing team’s best player. I for one like a woman who puts the team’s best interest above her own. You can never go wrong with a team player.   

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4. 13th pick – L.A. Sparks – Lindsay Wisdon-Hylton, F, Purdue

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Legs…Lindsay has some legs on her. She’s a cute redbone too, but those legs are her prize asset. I just wanna grab one of those drumsticks and hold on tight. Although the experience would be memorable, things probably won’t end well since she’s as tough as her close friend, Candace Parker. After sitting out the 2007-08 season recovering from ACL surgery, she returned to the court to solidify her place amongst college basketball’s elite. Leading a team in scoring, rebounding, block shots, and field goal percentage is no laughing matter. I think highly of Lindsay’s game, and can’t wait to see a Parker/Wisdom-Hylton duo in the future.

 

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3. 6th pick – Indiana Fever – Briann January, G, Arizona St.

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Briann is fine. I don’t know a better way of putting it than that. I mean….she’s damn fine. It’s hard to tell through the baggy ass jersey shorts, but she’s got thick hips and a big ol’ booty. Her game is just as nice as her body. She has nice ball handling skills, and a sick hesitation move that leads to a nice pull up jumper that I swear, reminds me of what I saw Derrick Rose put on dudes in college last year. When she goes to her left and pulls up, it’s going down more times than not. Something else I love about her game is that she’s a beast on defense, winning Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year the last two years. I will be keeping an eye on Fever games if she wins the starting point job.

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1a. & 1b. 2nd pick – Washington Mystics – Marissa Coleman and

3rd pick – Chicago Sky – Kristi Toliver

  

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I wanted to split these two up, but the more I thought about it, they’ve been so well together so I couldn’t. Marissa & Kristi are two pretty ass redbones that went to Maryland four years ago and changed the culture up there. I don’t think I’ve seen a more gritty and explosive backcourt in women’s college ball. Their games complimented each other so well.

Marissa’s a Paul “The Truth” Pierce type player. It’s crazy how much she reminds me of him. They’re both passionate and can score anywhere on the floor, in a variety of ways.  I might catch some flack for this, but Marissa’s probably a more tenacious rebounder than Truth is. Some nights she struggled knocking down shots, but made up for it by snagging as many boards as she could.

Kristi is a straight up killer on the court. I have mad love for her game because it’s not easy to find a player like her. She’s a pure shooter with nice handles, and has that Jordan mentality of wanting to snatch your heart out. I caught a few Terps games over the years, and there was calmness about her game, almost like she was playing pick-up ball out there. And that step back jumper of hers will put you sleep. You know it’s coming, but the setup and release are so quick that you don’t have time to recover. She’s gonna give opposing point guards fits at the next level.

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So there’s the fresh crop of dimes entering the WNBA this season. Some will make a splash right away; others may take longer to blossom. Butone thing is certain…they’re gonna look good no matter what.

 

2009 Schedules

Chicago Sky  http://www.wnba.com/sky/schedule/

Washington Mystics – http://www.wnba.com/mystics/schedule/

Indiana Fever http://www.wnba.com/fever/schedule/

Los Angeles Sparks http://www.wnba.com/sparks/schedule/

Atlanta Dream http://www.wnba.com/dream/schedule/