"We're doing something, and basketball is really important to a lot of people in the U. S. and no one takes it more serious than women. We play year round. We sacrifice a lot of things to make sure that we bring this home. And now you know what? It's okay. We're happy." This is the response that Diana Taurasi gave for the lack of media attention on the dominance the USA women's national team displayed in securing the 6th straight Olympic Gold Medal. As basketball players we don't have the makeup, lashes, chokers, colorful hair, assorted hair ribbons, and rarely slay in the basketball uniforms, but we dominate on the basketball court. These beautiful ladies with their locs, plain jane ponytails and their exceptional athleticism overshadowed the competition and executed team play with mastery. They averaged a 37 point win over teams and added to the win streak that now stands at 49 in Olympic play. Thanks USA women for setting the standard in Olympic play showing everyone how to compete and win in a "Golden Way. Check out what's next for these ladies now that the mission is accomplished.
Lindsay Whalen plays for the Minnesota Lynx and will be trying to lead them to their 4th straight WNBA title. Lindsay Whalen's ability to direct her star studded team and score with her deceptive speed and drives to the basket it the reason she a solidified Olympian. Check her out as the WNBA season resumes play as she is clearly focused on winning more for her home state of Minnesota.
Maya Moore is an 2x Olympic gold medalist that's one of the few players to win a NCAA title, World Championship, and a WNBA Championship. She the only female signed with the Jordan brand and is "Airness" for the Minnesota Lynx. Can she lead them to their 4th straight title in the WNBA? She didn't shoot as well in the Olympics, but I'm sure she will regain her form as the WNBA season starts back.
Angel McCoughtry plays for the Atlanta Dream and if they are to win a championship the dream can only become a reality with her play and leadership. Angel is the one player in the league that can get you buckets quick, fast, and in a hurry. She is a dynamic player to watch and she plays on both ends of the court. She was the defensive specialist for this USA team in Rio, but also dropped buckets when needed. Angel has the unique ability to rebound the ball aggressively as a small forward. I'm looking forward to seeing if she can rebound and bounce back in the WNBA playoffs and get the Atlanta Dream back in the WNBA Finals.
Tina Charles game face is as fierce as the face mask she wears to protect her nose that was broken in WNBA play. The consistency she has with her 15 footer from the top of the key, and the undeniable hook shot in the paint has the New York Liberty excited about it's chances as WNBA play resumes. Tina Charles will be rejoining forces with her buddy and elite score Epiphanny Prince, for the second half of the season which can possibly combat the issue of the frequent double and triple teams that she consistently faces. Tina Charles, double double machine, has been a beast all season and with the lack of post player experience in the WNBA, she will continue to dominate.
Brittany Griner secures her 1st Olympic Gold Medal as she overpowered and intimidated the competition. When she dominated with Diana Taurasi and won the WNBA championship her blocks intimidated the best players in the world on the offensive end. Brittany Griner is a unique talent with an offensive game as equally powerful as her defensive game. Griner is her on nemesis and must learn how to focus and leave her off court issues off the court.Then she and the Phoenix Mercury will reap the benefits again in a championship way. Brittany Griner has yet to realize how good she really is, so for now other player's and coaches in the league still have a chance.
These ladies are two of the elite scorers in the WNBA that play the game with ease and a fundamental skill set that's close to perfection. Breanna Stewart 4x NCAA champion hasn't had the success with the Seattle Storm that she did with Connecticut and is learning for the first time what it feels like to lose. It will be interesting to see her play elevate during the 2nd half of the WNBA season as she brings back what's she's learned from her Olympic experience. Elena Delle Donne, the Female Don, of the WNBA didn't get much playing time in her first Olympics and should be well rested to continue her phenomenal play. To my readers,if you haven't seen Elena play, then you have missed out on watching a remarkable player. It will be interesting to see if she can regain her form from last season and lead the Chicago Sky back to the WNBA playoffs. If these ladies do miss the mark in the playoffs they won't miss the mark for long.
It's always a pleasure to watch these two ladies play in the WNBA and they've done it with their own unique styles. Diana Taurasi is the "Da Truth" and Sue Bird "Bird's Eye View" of the game can't be replicated. Congrats to two of the best guards in the world on winning your 4th Gold Medal. Your leadership and play did not go unnoticed and you have continued to play with the standard that the ones before you set with great diligence. If only the media and the world knew how much women's basketball players and coaches put into the sport of basketball the world would appreciate and respect our game more. One day sports won't be defined by what a woman looks like, who she plays like, how she wears her hair, or who she dates, or whether she's graceful or elegant. One day it will simply be defined by how awesome she plays the game. Special thanks to all the ladies for the sacrifice, and discipline it takes in striving for the gold. Now show me what you have left as the 2nd half of the WNBA season begins.