Entertainment aside, here’s what The Black Mamba said he wanted “Lil Mamba” to take away from the WNBA contest: The process of it. And understanding how the game is played, look at the pace of the game. … Understanding of what can be accomplished, and that they can play at an extremely high level, and the spirit of competition I think is the most important thing.
Magic Johnson: Enjoyed seeing Kobe at the game today and watching my @LA_Sparks get the first win of the season!
In the summer of 2015, Kelsey Plum walked into the pickup game of her life. Inside Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, nine guys were looking for a 10th player. With nobody available from the University of Washington men’s basketball team, the nine were assessing their options when Plum entered the gym. “Oh, perfect,” one of them said. “We need you.”
Plum, 5-foot-8 and 145 pounds, looked across the floor and wondered whom she would guard. In front of her stood 7-1 Spencer Hawes of the Charlotte Hornets, 6-7 Quincy Pondexter of the New Orleans Pelicans, and 6-6 Tony Wroten of the Philadelphia 76ers. Also on the floor were 5-9 Isaiah Thomas, a future All-Star with the Boston Celtics, and 5-9 Nate Robinson, who won three slam dunk championships as a New York Knick.
Ask Will Conroy, an assistant men’s basketball coach at Washington. Two years of playing one-on-one and plenty of pickup with Plum inspired a startling assessment. “She’s got an NBA game,” Conroy told the Seattle Times, “because she plays against a lot of the NBA guys in the summers.”
WNBA legend Tamika Catchings is making her return to Indiana as a director for player development. The star who played for the Indiana Fever for 16 years will be in charge of all three basketball teams in the Indiana area, which includes the Fever, Indiana Pacers, and their D-League affiliate the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. If you look up the word legend, Catchings would be right beside it, and even then that phrase would be considered as an understatement for her. In her 16 year career, she won an WNBA title and finals MVP both in 2012, she was a 5-time WNBA Defensive Player of the year, a 10-time NBA All-Star and Rookie of the year.