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I think the 2005 MVP should be Sheryl Swoopes because the first half she had to
carry her team without Tina and when Tina came back she still carried them. She
has been one of more consistent player this season. She has also kept her team
in the playoff race from the begin of the season.
-Latrice, Atlanta, CA
def. This Diana Taurasi SHould get MVP. She is by far the best. I think the Sun
will win the Chip! The playoffs are def. goin to be tough all these teams are
coming in here to WIN! idk what to expect! GO MERCURY! holla
-Linda, Spring Hill, FL
My pick for the WNBA's 2005 MVP is Tamika Catchings she has
been the heart and soul of her team she's always the consumate team player the
way she carries herself both on and off the court and the way she totally dominates
the game with both her inside and outside present. While there are many skilled
rookies this season my vote goes to Temeka Johnson she reminds me of a young Dawn
Staley always seeming to know where her teamates are on the floor. My vote for
Defensive Player is Sheryl Swoopes without her I don't think the Comets would
be making a post season appearance.My choice for Coach of the year is Mike Thibault.
-Marcia, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Just have to say that the Indiana Fever ROCK! I absolutely
LOVE watching them play! Especially love watching Tully, Kelly M., Tamika, Tan,
Ebony and Natalie...well...ALL of them. :) It is always a highlight in my week
to go to a Fever game. Thanks for the fun and entertainment! Fever Fan, Lisa Deckert
-Lisa, Greenwood, IN
MVP Race? What MVP Race? The MVP of the league is clearly
Lauren Jackson. LJ leads the WNBA in efficiency by over 3 points per game. By
far the most consistent player, Jackson continues leading the Seattle Storm, and
they are currently in 2nd place in the West despite Sue Bird being out earlier
in the season with a broken nose and with Betty Lennox currently out with an injury.
LJ has played through an ankle injury and has lead the Storm in overcoming the
loss of two starters and a key reserve from the 2004 championship team.
- Nicole, Statesboro, GA
comments: Sheryl Swoopes should be the MVP, hands
down. I think Tamika Catchings is pretty much a lock for defensive player of the
-Stacie, Houston, TX
Yolanda Griffith definitely deserves
to be the 2005 MVP, because this season she has proven it with her play. In addition,
the Sacramento Monarchs are going to be the 2005 WNBA Champions, because Sacramento
is the BEST!
-Brandon Moore, Sacramento, CA
The Sun are on fire
and will go all the way this year. They are the best team in the league and Nykeesha
Sales should be the MVP! The Sun are a balanced, selfless team and all the players
step up when needed. The playoffs will be a blast especially if the Sun play the
Shock in the playoff round. Revenge will be sweet. "Unfinished business"!!!
-FitNut, Cromwell, CT
I think Becky Hammon deserves the MVP award, rookie of
the year shoud be Chelsea Newton, and Most Improved should be Shameka Christon.
LIBERTY IS GONNA TAKE IT ALL THE WAY! '05
-Courtney, Sayreville, NJ
just want to say that i really enjoy watching the Monarchs play. They are my favorite
team. Plus its really a joy watching my gurl DeMya Walker play. Mainly cuz i can
study her moves and become a better player. But that is mainly it. GO MONARCHS!!
-Toni, St. Petersburg, FL
MVP = Deanna Nolan, Most Improved = Janell Burse,
Rookie = Tameka Johnson. I think this has been a great year. Very good games and
fun to watch. I hate to see the season end, but can not wait until next year.
Good luck to all the teams in the playoffs.
-Mike, West Columbia, S.C.
of all, I'd like to congratulate all the WNBA players and Coaches & say Great
Season! My pick for MVP this season is Tamika Catchings all by herself. Tamika
is Awesome! My pick for Rookie of the year is defintely Tameka Johnson. Most Improved
would have to be DeMya Walker(Great Job)! My prediction for WNBA Champion is the
Sacramento Monarchs! Way to Go Ladies!!
-Fontrea, High Point, N.C.
think Lauren Jackson deserves to be MVP because for the last couple of years she
has been averaging a bit over 20. Also, her leadership on the court shows MVP
quality and she has gotten 17 rebounds this year.
-Mai, Rosemead, CA
I think the MVP this year is Lauren Jackson. The storm were on the outside, but
L.J. helped her team get back in it. I would like the Sun to win, but I think
Seattle is the best team. I thought the Sun were best until they lost against
New Yok at home. After seeing Lauren Jackson play Detroit a while back, I realized
that Seattle is the better team.
-Christina, Winona, MN
are LA Sparks will make it to the playoffs and defeat Sacramento in the first
round and then Seattle in the Western Conference finals to go all the way and
upset the Sun in the WNBA finals. I think Lisa Leslie should get MVP again. She
may not have the highest point or rebound average, but her steals and assists
averages have increased. Therefore making her an overall threat.
-DC DOG, LONG BEACH, CA
I just want to say that Katie Smith rocks Detroit and
she will be a Member of the Shock until the day she retires. Detroit Shock 2005
-DJ J*Shock, Auburn Hills, MI
Oh definitely Yolanda
Griffith for MVP. She has led basically a rookie roster to the best team in the
WNBA by pure example. Rookie of the year? Probably Tan White because even though
(But she got more minutes) her team probably won't make the playoffs. The Storm
will be lucky to beat Houston in the first round of the playoffs and will never
get by Sacramento in the finals. They are not the team they were last year. As
far as Sacramento vs. Connecticut...that's a tough one. Even though Conn. beat
Sac both times this year, I kind of think Sac will prevail in a best of 5 tough-nosed
series. The Monarchs are tough and good defense and rebounding usually lead to
-Mark, Minneapolis, MN
I think the MVP should
be Tamika Catchings. The rookie of the year should be Temika Johnson of the Mystics.
Most improved player should be Nicole Powell of Sacramento. I expect the playoffs
to be full of surprises. Go Mystics!!!!!!!!!!!!
-Kisa, Nashville, TN
think Taj McWilliams Franklin deserves a strong look at MVP this year as well
as Lindsay Whalen! I think the playoffs are going down to the wire this year.
I dont think you will see the Seattle Storm repeat, and do think the Sun have
a great cahnce of winning if they play there top game!
-Lori, Quaker Hill, CT
I am far from a Liberty fan, but I can't believe anyone is considering
anyone besides Ann Wauters for MIP this year. The way she has changed her game
and actually become aggressive in the post has made all the difference for NY
this year. Not only did her stats increase in a major way, it has been the lynchpin
for the team in the middle, allowing Elena Baranova and Shameka Christon work
far out from under the basket, where they are more effective. She should win in
LJ is the best player in the league. She
scores from 2 and 3 point line. She rebounds better than anyone, both offensive
and defensive and with Sue Bird, they provide the best outside-inside game. I
wish that the next WNBA champion will be either Sacramento ou Seattle. But I think
that Connecticut has a great chance this year, I just hope that the Western Conference
Champion will have be strong enought to beat them.
-MJF, Lisbon, Portugal
COACH GRAF deserves condiserations for coach of the year. She has pulled her team
right into the middle of the playoff race, she has united a team that has had
an inconsistent roster for the better part of the season. The Mercury have battled
injuries, and roster changes all season and she has kept her team believing and
fighting their way back into the playoffs.
-Mandi, Phoenix, AZ
favorite team is the Seattle Storm and my favorite player is Sue Bird. I've watched
her since she played at UConn and watched her get better and mature as a point-guard.
I'm a point-guard also so watching her game grow and learning her strategies help
me to get better also. I really admire her on and off the court. To me she's a
-tiff-tiff, Los Angeles, CA
I think that Diana
Taurasi is the BEST player ever! she is my...IDOL!!!! she has helped me so much
by helping me be more dedicated and a better all around person. Although she is
only in her second season, she has proven that she belongs in the league (olymipic
gold, rookie of the year, etc). though she is on a not so good team as of right
now you can already tell the impact that she has had. i think by the time she
retires she will have made a huge impact in not only the league but basketball
in general. I love you DEE!!!GO PHOENIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-LA, Austin, TX
Undoubtedly, the MVP this year is Sheryl Swoopes. If someone
doesn't think that, then he/she has been living under a rock. Coming off a subpar
season, many people felt that Swoopes should consider retirement. So much for
that. She's leading the league in scoring, 2nd in steals, 10th in assists, and
has been a leader without Tina Thompson for most of the year. Sheryl has carried
the Comets in a season where many deemed a playoff berth for Houston improbable.
Swoopes for MVP.
-Ejaz, Floral Park, NY
I think the most improved
player should be ann wauters from the NY LIBERTY. She has shown such great improvement
since the first game. Also the LIBERTY is going to do great in the playoffs. They
have an outstanding point guard BECKY HAMMON.
-char, Albany, NY
MVP: Im partial to Loren Jackson, but if not her Swoopes would be the one. Im
just glad that Lisa Leslie and her ego are not really in the running for it this
year. Rookie: T. Johnson is running away with it only because the Sting have a
track record of not knowing how to play the fantastic rookies they draft. Powell
last year and McCarville this year. Improved: Burse has really stepped up her
game. She made me like her. I was a huge Kamila fan and was pretty upset that
Burse was going to be the Storm's starter, but I believe now. Playoffs: I thought
that Phoenix made all the right moves in the off season and if they make it in
to the playoffs. Look Out! but I am hoping my Storm will repeat. The East is all
Whalen and the Sun.
-Ballhog, Seattle, WA
Nicole Powell should win
Most Improved Player hands down. Last year she was in a bad situation in Charlotte
and she was getting the minutes. Now she in Sacramento and is playing in her natural
position at the small forward. Her numbers are up in every catagory especially
points. She is one of the reason why Sacramento is in first place in the Western
-Jackie, Richmond, CA
Celebrating Girls' Night Out
My favorite memory at a WNBA game was when
my entire basketball camp got to go to a Storm game on the last day of camp, and
I remember my teammates and I just had so much fun laughing, and cheering, and
then we got to go back to our gym and play ourselves. I think of it everytime
I go to a Storm game now.
-Maddawg, Seattle, WA
team and I got tickets to see the new york liberty play and boy was it so much
fun. We were all happy to be there and for me it was to see you BECKY HAMMON also
when you signed our posters.
-Shenae, Hempstead, NY
at home or on the road with the Fever, all memories are my favorite. Top 'o the
list, getting on the same plane in Indy on my way to see them play in Minnesota
and the whole team and staff was open to a little conversation and pics! My friends
were so impressed.
-Diane, Indianapolis, IN
My best friend moved
back to our home to our hometown in SC so I have been going to the games alone.
However, I was able to meet my favorite player Tamika Catchins on Sunday. She
was so pleasant and very patient with the fans. The game was awesome and I had
great seats. The WNBA is the best!!
-Gabrialle, New York, N.Y.
of my favorite memories was renting a suite and taking my 89 year old mother to
the game for her birthday. She played BB in the 1920's and she loves to watch
the women play today (although she thinks they're much to fast for her). We had
food and friends in and they put her name on the Jumbotron and the Lynx rep gave
her a gift pack. It was really a nice night.
-Darlene, Elko, MN
went to my first WNBA game in 2003. I saw the New York Liberty play the Seattle
Storm......all it took was game and I was hooked been a season ticket holder ever
since. Thank You for this league and these players they make it fun and exciting
to go to each and every game. Go Liberty!!!!
-Jenn, Totowa, NJ
My favorite memory is my very first WNBA game. My husband knows I'm a Swoopes fan so he took me to the games when the WNBA first began and he left to get something to eat and when he returned my eyes lit up because he had me a Swoopes jersey. Which I didnt think we could afford at the time. He knows I wish I could play ball and I love Swoops so he did it and I'll never forget that and also the Comets won. Go Comets, you're looking good. (Hi Swoopes)
-La Donna, Lancaster, TX
My Favorite memories from a game is when I brought my friend Bryn
to her first game. We came early and we watched the players warm up, She wanted
to get Amber Jacobs autograph but she was to afraid, so we both went down together,I
had already met her so I was fine. She gave her 2 Autographs!! and we were so
excited! Amber has always been my favorite player but now she's Bryn's too.
-Amie J., Rogers, MN
This is SO GREAT!!! I went to my first WNBA game way
back in 97, driving from San Antonio to Houston to see the Comets play the Sparks.
Now that Chicago is about to get a team, I can look forward to going with my girlfriends
and even my husband to watch them play! I love how you're marketing to us women
- I have appreciated the marketing to kids, but this new initiative is really
great. Thanks for remembering us old folks too! :)
-Sarah, Grayslake, IL
two deep drafts in recent years, the WNBA has gotten more physical, faster-paces,
and generally more intense. This is awesome to watch. Unfortunately, the officiating
has not caught up. This year, we are seeing more people getting hurt earlier in
the season, more fights [percieved or real], and tons more frustration from the
players. Officials are there to keep the rules, and the rules are for the safety
of all involved. The WNBA has got to do something about the poor officiating.
I'm a season ticket holder, and I watch all the games that are on TV. Across the
board, no matter what city, the officiating is awful. The WNBA should stop this
madness before something really bad happens. The WNBA has been known to be a place
where parents and their kids go for good and safe entertainment. Fights and dirty
basketball will not help the image of the WNBA. Curing this problem starts with
-Dawn, Newton, MA
What's up with San Antonio
letting someone wear Azzi's #8??? I protest!!!New York retired Wick's jersey didn't
they? Azzi deserves to have hers retired for sure.
-Sheri, Tucson, AZ
think that Diana Taurasi is by far the best point guard in the WNBA...not only
does she have playing skills but she was leadership skills,a great personality,
is very nice, and interacts with the fans during warmups and after games. I think
thats what makes a great player, not only skill but also the person. Diana is
a role model and i want to be like her when i grow up !!! much luv from nc !
-Kristin, Raleigh, NC
Nicole Powell is my cousin, and I wish I could see her(in
person)! I wish she could get thes even tho she probably won't, but I want to
let her know that I follow her games all the time (24-7)! I think that her and
the Sacramento Monarchs are best!! I wish I could see you more often, Nicole.
plus, I agree that we need a WNBA videogame because I would like to see what my
cousin looks like.
-Meghan, Wrentham, MA
Celebrating Kids Week: Kids write in about the WNBA, their favorite teams and players.
Hello to all the WNBA players! All of you girls have been an inspiration
to me. Me, still bgeing in high school, have alot of dreams that I hope to achieve
really soon. I hope to be able to continue to play basketball and maybe (hopefully)
it will become my profession. I have not been able to make it to any WNBA games
but watch every single one on TV. Watching you all play has really inspired me
to be all that I can be on the court and off. I learned that I can use the talents
that God has given me not only on the court but to be a role model for some of
the younger kids, just like you all are to me. I want to thank you ladys for having
kids week I think that it is a good idea to show your support to your fans and
to the kids who look up to you. So please continue to do what you do and coontinue
to be the " ballas" tha you all are!!
-Jerrica, Clifton Forge, VA
my name is Jessica Johnson. I am a huge WNBA fan! My favorite team is the Los
Angeles Sparks. My favorite player in the WNBA is Sheryl Swoopes. I have been
playing basketballl for four years now, and to watch the WNBA is a big influence
on me to become a better player so one day I can play in the WNBA! Go WNBA!!
-Jessica, Chantilly, VA
I loved Coop as a kid, but now it's DT#3.
-Betty, Copeland, FL
My favorite team is the Indiana Fever. My Favorite player
is Tan White and Tamika Catchings
-Michelle, St. Louis, MO
favorite player would have to be Diana Taurasi because she seems like an awesome
all around person. We have the same personality...humorous, thats what i love
most about her!
-Teonna, Smithsburg, MD
My favorite team is the
NY Liberty. My favorite player is Shameka Christon. When I grow up I would like
to be like my mom.
-Safiya, Newark, NJ
My favorite team(s) would
have to be the Sacaramento Monarchs and the New York Liberty. My favorite
player is Kristin Haynie. Even though I'm 18, I still have growing up to do, so I think I want to be like Ruth Riley. She's sweet, couragous, kind, generous, attractive. Pretty much all the things I wanna be.
-Erica, New York, NY
favorite team are the Los Angles Sparks! Also my favorite player has got to be
Lisa Leslie. I think she is the greatest!!! I like a lot of the other girls to
but, I like Lisa Leslie the best!!! Even though i am only 11 years old I want
to become a really good player and maybe even play for the Los Angles Sparks!!!
P.S. Also if Lisa Leslie ever gets this letter(she probably won't) but if she does please tell her I think she is really cool and, not because she's famous but, because I think she is really COOL!!!!!!!
-Sammie, Loves Park, IL
name is quayla and I love watching the WNBA and when I grow up that is what I
want to play Basketball I currently play as a Freshman in high school and my next
stop is college.
-Quayla, Douglas, GA
The Sacramento Monarchs
are my favorite team. Nicole Powell is my favorite player. I want to be just like
her because she is my cousin!!
-Meghan, Boston, MA
team is the Detroit Shock because well there just the best and have Ruth Riley.
My favorite player is Lindsay Whalen because she is so tough and has no fear.
When I grow up I want to play a college sport eather basketball or softball or
even both thats my dream and I plan for it to come true but it will be hard work
and to be in the WNBA. But if i dont get that I would like to be doing something
dealing with sports.
-Kelly, Dearborn Heights, MI
team has to be the Seattle Storm for the western conference because since I live
in New Hampshire, I would watch Sue Bird play at UCONN and she was my favorite.
In the eastern conference I like the Indiana Fever because of Tamika Catchings.
Tamika is very nice and signs autographs for everyone who wants one, and plays
with so much love for the game. I admire Sue, Tamika and also Dawn Staley for
her passion for women's basketball. I would love to be like any of them. I haven't
been to a game in Seattle, or Indiana, but I have gone to the all-star game in
New York and CT. I also went to the WBCA Night of all-stars in New Orleans where
I got to meet all of them. There are so many great players in the WNBA and I admire
all of them. (Swin Cash, Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes, etc.)
-Megan, New Hampshire
I love the Housutan Comets. Every since I was a little girl
and became interested in playing, the Comets has always been a great team to watch.
I can remember when Cynthia Cooper and Sheryl Swoopes had that dynamic duo. I
love the WNBA. I have dreams of playing in it one day!
-Cooperswoopes, Richmond, VA
My favorite team is Connecticut Sun!!! I really like Swin Cash I
have everything of her's. She is also really nice. I would love to be like her.
-Katy, Springfield, MA
My favorite team is the Sacramento Monarchs. Yolanda
Griffith rocks! I also got to see Team USA win at the Athens 2004 Olympics. They
were awesome! I want to be like Nicole Powell, Stanford, then the WNBA here I
-Sophia (age 9), Rescue, CA
My favorite basketball memory
is being a High-Five kid and getting to do a ball exchange at a great Mystics
game with my friends. We won in double overtime and got autographs after the game.
It was the best night ever!
-Mystic Mina, Silver Spring, MD
13 and my most favorite team is Seattle Storm.I love them!!!GO SEATTLE STORM!!When
I grow up I want to be like Betty Lennox,well at least have style in basketball
like her.She is my Idol and I respect her as well as all players in the WNBA.She
also has my favorite number,#22.B-Train is a great player like I want to be.This
Is OUR GAME!The WNBA!
-Jennifer, Tampa, FL
My favorite team is
the La Sparks, and my favorite player is Chamique Holdsclaw. I look up to Chamique
because she is a strong person who doesn't let obstacles stand in her way.
-Lazy15, Greenbelt, MD
My favorite team of course is my home team, the Washington
Mystics. I love to watch and listen to the games. My favorite player without a
doubt is Alana Beard because I like how she utilizes her talents in scoring,passing,
dribbling and teamwork.
-Steph, Hyattsville, MD
My favorite WNBA
team is the New York Liberty. My favorite memories are when one of my parents
take me to Liberty and Rutgers games. My favorite players are Becky Hammon and
Chelsea Newton. I want to be like both of them when I grow up, like going to a
great school like RUTGERS and then play in the WNBA.
-Court, Sayreville, NJ
I attended the All-Star game at Mohegan Sun....home
of the Connecticut Sun and also a casino/resort.I absolutely loved the crowd deafening
noise when Diana Taurasi,Sue Bird,Nykesha Sales and Swin Cash were called out....reminds
me of their UCONN days.The game was the best I've ever seen played by the most
talented women on this planet....and Taurasi's 3-pointer shot from Mars and Lisa's
(Leslie) one handed jam ROCKED THE HOUSE in awe!!
Thanks ladies....you are::: Simply The Best!
-Dave, Ansonia, CT
We, the fans of women's basketball,
need a WNBA video game. So will someone talk to someone to help make that happen.
-FaNofGame, Holyoke, MA
I enjoyed the Allstar game, I thought it was a great game. And
I loved that my favorite player, Swoopes, was MVP, but I have one gripe. I do
not think the MVP should always be on the winning team. A person can have a MVP
performance even in a losing effort. I thought Swoopes played a great game, but
the stand-out player to me was Tamika Catchings. If the east had won she would
have been MVP hands down. I just hate to see someone put out such a good effort
and not be rewarded for it. The west had many great players any of which could
have been named MVP.
-Pam, Florence, MS
How come the league didnt
suspend diana taurasi for throwing elbows and knocking down people purposely against
the mystics some games go.i know what elaine powell did was wrong but taurasi
should have recieved some punishment as well along with a couple of teammates
-Drea, Hyattsville, MD
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the Detroit Shock players would
play with Ruth Riley as well as she sets them up and plays with them. If their
guards could hit from outside they might have a decent team, but they sure like
-Iolene, Rochester, IN
I WAS THRILLED TO SEE LISA LESLIE
PERFORM SO WELL, (AS USUAL),SINCE THE NEW SPARKS COACH HAS SEEMINGLY TAKEN AWAY
THE WINNING STYLE OF PLAY THAT THE SPARKS ARE KNOWN FOR. SHE PROVED BEYOND A DOUBT
THAT SHE IT THE WNBA SPOKES/SHOW PERSON. HOPEFULLY SHE, NIKKI, MEEK,TAMICA,ETC.
WILL REGAIN THIER CHAMPIONSHIP STATUS WITH A CHANGE IN LA. THANKS FOR BEING ROLE
MODELS. A TARHEEL FROM NC. GO SPARKS.
-JEANNE, MORRISVILLE, N.C.
would watch the all star game, but there is one issue. One of the best all stars
of the season is not even voted to play-Lindsay "Legend" Whalen. I may be a little
biased, but anyone with any sort of athletic I.Q can see that she deserves to
be on the team. She has been playing exceptional basketball and is a true leader.
I have been lucky to see her play at the "U" for all those years and after watching
her play two games on tv, she is still the best player on the court. I think this
"voting" needs to be investigated. I, and half of MN and Conn., voted for Lindsay
every day online. Didn't Lindsay already prove that Ms. Beard can't hang in the
same gym as her. That may be me, though. No offense to Ms. Beard and her beloved
dukies. Lindsay is a BALLER.
-Dan, Alexandria, MN
Great game to watch!
The players showed their talent, love for the game and each other. So much more
fun to watch and be a part of than the Men's, with all due respect. The women
made it fun for everyone!
-Ray, Austin, TX
The game didn't have quite
the appeal without Lindsay Whalen. She's the best point guard in the East, quite
possibly in the league. Her play has been so much a key to the success of the
Connecticut Sun the past two years, and leaving her out was a joke, and a non-funny
joke at that. She deserved being there as something other than a spectator, if
not as a starter.
-Billy, Anchorage, AK
All-Star game was just that:
ALL STARS! Great fun watching. How about DVD packaging the All-Star games? Great
gift idea for the die hard WNBA fans (like me). So hard to catch game on tv -
DVDs of the finals, seasons bests, etc. would be a treasure to have! Give us more
than shirts ect. to remember those special games in the WNBA.
-SixFifty, Los Angeles, CA
I think that Alana Beard is the best under estimated player
in the WNBA. I wish I could meet her so she could help me. Alana Beard will be
the best player yet to come.
- Martika, Greensboro, NC
player is Nykesha Sales and I was glad to see her as an All-Star. Unfortunately,
she didnt get a win but she played great! Much Luv to Nykesha Sales!
-Kenny, Hazel Crest, IL
Enough hype about Lindsay Whalen. The best guard in the
east (and west for that matter) is Becky Hammon!
-Eric Rothman, Sterling, VA
Ticha IS an All-Star - she doesn't need the validation, but it would
have been nice!
-Diana, Antioch, CA
Why not have a rookie all-star
game (and slam dunk contest... heee heee heee) next year!
-Coolboo, Indianapolis, IN
All-Star 2005 Thoughts:
I believe chamique holdsclaw should be a starter next to lauren jackson. deanna
nolan should start along with nykeshia sales. there's no way michelle snow should
statr over lisa leslie or yolonda griffith. sue bird and dana taurasi is the ultimate
-Don, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Have people been following the
WNBA this year??? The reason I ask is that Swin Cash has received an outstanding
number of votes for a player that has not been playing. Don't get me wrong I think
she is an outstanding athlete and healthy quite possibly the best at her position.
With the pool of talented women in the league to choose from I think it is a shame
to vote for someone that at this time does not deserve the votes and snub those
-Gina, Kankakee, IL
I enjoy voting, but it's frustrating
to see ballot stuffing keeping the season's best players out of the starting lineups.
-EO, Granada Hills, CA
I do believe that
Alana Beard belongs at the 2005 WNBA allstar game. She's a all around player.
She's a great scorer and a great defensive player. She will be one of the best
player in the WNBA in years to come. I really hope she will be an allstar.
Luvvy, Albany, NY
Ticha Penicheiro should definitely be in it this year b/c
you guys got caught up in all the popularity with Sue Bird and now Diana Taurasi
- no offense to them, they are both GREAT players, and of course they score a
lot more than TP does. When I vote, I don't vote for my favorite players because
everyone else is already going to vote for them so I vote for the other players
who are also good but don't get too much recognition. All the best to the 05 All
-Sanela, Bronx, N.Y.
I think Nancy and or Doris have
it about right. The All Star game is about players who have excelled in the first
half of the season. Alot of fans vote for their favorites despite those players
not having a great first half, or not having played a single game. What is best
for the WNBA is for the best players to be in the All Star Game!
-Viickster, N.Y., N.Y.
Lauren Jackson is the OMEGA of womens basketball
-Michele, Burkburnett, TX
Well, I am looking forward to seeing Diana Taurasi and
Delisha Milton-Jones after what happend in Tuesdays game
-Steffani, Ashland, OR
Swoopes there it is and Holdsclaw on the same team. It's like Jordan
-Pippen, Tampa, FL
Dawn Staley and Allison Feaster
absolutely deserve to go to the All Star Game. Dawn is the coach, captain and
leader of the Charlotte Sting with incredible stats. Allison Feaster, if surrounded
by a better cast of players, would be off to a much hotter start. Defensively
Allison is always called on to guard the most offensive aggressive opponent and
still manages to lead the team in scoring. It's Allison's turn to be recognized
for the outstanding player she is.. on both ends of the court and with her intangibles
of heart and forever being a warrior.
-Margaret, Charlotte, NC
voted for Becky Hammon because of her work ethic and her ability to make the most
out of what she has been given. She is a great leader and ammbasador for the WNBA
and sports in general!
-Jennifer, New York
I can't believe the
"experts" didn't pick Becky Hammon as a Guard for the East. She seems to be overlooked
for most of her career. As a long time UCONN fan, it is sometimes hard for me
to admit she probably has the best skills in the game. Offensively she is deadly
inside and out, her passing is unbelieveable and her leadership is unmatched.
I was always amazed that her old coach failed to notice the Liberty would always
do better when she was in. The Liberty should be using their superior perimeter
game, with a hosts of great outside shooters. It now appears Beck's points now
come only on broken plays or on breaks.
-Pat, Hartford, CT
we should include the Rookie of the year and send a message to all Rookies. Send
Tameka Johnson, Mystics to the All Stars. She is the hardest playing young leader
and her stats speak for themselves. Thanks.
-Melita, Alexandria, VA
am definitely looking forward to seeing my favorite player, Alana Beard. She can
do it all, offensively and defensively. I think she and Tweety will be awesome
in the back court for the East. With Catchings, Taj and Ruth, they can compete
with the West All Stars.
I am a huge fan of the
Houston Comets' Sheryl Swoopes. I love the way she plays the game. She definitely
deserves to be were she is now as far as leading all players in All Star Balloting.
She has play exceptionally well thus far this season. Go Comets!!!
-Chris or Sherman, Natchez, MS
I voted for chamique Holdsclaw because i believe
that right now she is the MVP of WNBA. She is playing like the best player too.
I also voted for deanna nolan because she brings her "A" game every night. i Voted
for Yolanda Griffith as the best center right now, and i also voted for Temeka
johnson because she is my favorite rookie.
-EB, Baltimore, MD
I voted for Penny Taylor
because she is important to the Phoenix Mercury team. She doesn't get much attention
because of Diana Taurasi.
-Cassie, Olmsted Falls, OH
and Sheryl Swoopes deserve to be in the WNBA All-Star Game every year they're
in the league. These women have won WNBA titles and Olympic gold medals, along
with Dawn Staley, playing against the best competition the world has to offer.
-Edrick, Jackson, MS
My #1 vote is Lisa Leslie - she is by far
the most complete player in the WNBA. Ms Swoopes is the 2nd best in my book and
gets my vote every time....
-Wanda, Baton Rouge, LA
I voted for
every member of the connecticut sun i could, because they are a complete TEAM........period...NEXT.
-corey/reesee, new orleans, LA
I voted for Taj McWilliams Franklin because she is playing
awesome ball and is on the team w/ the best record in the league. I think she
has been overlooked for players who are popular. She deserves to play. I am surprised
at all the votes Swin received since she has not played this season.
-Hersee, Cleveland, OH
Tamika Catchings deserves to be an all-star because she
does everything for the Fever. She scores, rebounds, passes, and plays great defense.
She is the most complete player in the league. She is also a great leader for
the Fever and is a big reason why they are doing so well! Go Fever!
-Adam, Shelbyville, IN
I voted for Dawn Staley, Tamika Catchings, Nikki Teasley,
Sheryl Swoopes, Ruth Riley, Ticha Penichero, Sheri Sam as a write in Yolanda Griffiths,
Becky Hammons, Tangela Smith, and Chamique Holdsclaw. Not only are they all-stars
on the court, but they are all-stars off the court. They are all great role models
for children and women of all ages who have dreams of becoming professional atheletes.
Keep up the good work ladies and good luck on the rest of your seasons.
-Nicole, Garner, NC
I am so excited and just waiting for the
new Chicago Tean in 2006.
I am a HUGE Comets
fan - from the 1st season on. I travel to Houston each year to watch as many games
as I can. Will the new WNBA president see to it that more games are televised
on "real" tv and not some offbeat channel only 10 people in Texas subscribe to?
-Cheri, Allen, TX
Can someone please tell me how much
longer it's going to take for the"chemistry" to kick in for my beloved Charlotte
Sting. We have incredible talent on our team and are sitting at 1 win and 7 losses.
Never would I have imagined we would be at the bottom of the standings. Perhaps
we could leave our starting 5 in for an entire quarter and maybe get the ball
down low in the post and convert some inside shots to open up the perimeter for
Feaster and Sam. Also, Kelly Manzantte was one of the premier outside shooters
in college and now she may get 4 to 5 minutes in a game. Will Kelly also go away
like Nichole Powell, Anna DeForge and Kelly Miller to another team to become a
major factor? Help!
-Margaret, Charlotte, NC
I love women's basketball.
I have followed Chamique Holdsclaw's career even since she played for the Tennessee
Vols. I now live in LA and look forward to seeing her play at the Staples Center.
She is the epitome of CLASS, Character and Substance besides being an excellent
basketball player. I am not a FAN of many people, however, Chamique is a hero
-Joe, Santa Monica, CA
$heryl $woopes is the best
player in the WNBA she works hard as ateam player and team leader she's stepping
up like the comets want to get A 5 Peat and she WILL BE THE WNBA MVP*!
-Nina "lil swoopes," Buffalo, NY
I have always loooooved the Washington
Mystics, but this season doesnt look too promising, what with the loss of Stacy
Dales-Schuman and Chamique Holdsclaw. Thank you for your time.
-Lace, Orrville, OH
The TV coverage stinks! How do you expect to increase interest
in the league when fewer games are televised each season?
-Pam, Baltimore, MD
I really just want to say how excited I am by what I've been hearing
come out of Donna Orender's mouth when she's taken the time to speak with the
commentators at games all across the country. I really think the WNBA made an
incredibly smart decision bringing her in. She seems to be in line with exactly
what the league needs: expanding the brand. Not necessarily expanding the league
(though I'm excited about the new Chicago franchise), but finding more fans so
the league stays around FOREVER. And she's extremely passionate about it to boot!
Kudos WNBA brass on a job well done!!!
-Notoriousliz, New York, NY
have been a season ticket holder in Houston since the second year of the WNBA.
I have always enjoyed basketball especially the WNBA (in contrast to the NBA)
because of the obvious LOVE of the Game exhibited by the woman players. I am very
happy to see that the league, for the first time in three years, will be adding
another team next year. However, I think that in order for the league to continue
to grow we must concentrate on the officiating (or lack there-of) present in the
league. I know I express the feelings of many fans (in Houston and elsewhere)
when I say that the officials so far this year have been of very poor quality.
I think that it is an embarrassment to the league and very unfair to the players
that play their hearts out every game. As a spectator I like to see fair and GOOD
officiating. Furthermore we, as fans, demand it. I would welcome any comments
and suggestions on how we, as fans, could help improve this problem, and hopefully
allow the league to continue to thrive.
-Robert, Houston, TX
am so sick and tired of Diana Taurasi. Do you know that there are other great
players in the league? Everything is Diana Taurasi, Diana Taurasi. Those of us
who live in other cities care just as much about our players. Let's have equal
time for everyone.
-Swart, Kalamazoo, MI
Dads and Daughters Week Memories:
My favorite Dad and Daughter
memory brings me back to the WNBA All-Star game in Phoenix, Arizona. I won a writing
contest sponsored by the WNBA and my father and I won round trip tickets to and
from Phoenix, free game tickets, and all the trimmings. I couldn't believe it
when they called me to let me know we had won the contest. My father continues
now to be a positive influence in my life, recently I had a child and he has been
my backbone to continue to strive for greatness and to teach and raise my daughter
as being the world to me. We really enjoyed the trip and it has given us one more
thing to talk about around the table as we gather and remember this wonderful
father's day. It wouldn't have been possible if there was no WNBA and if there
wasn't a father like mine. TO all the father's out there keep doing what your
doing and we will continue to show our love and appreciation to you the only way
we know how by saying it over and over again... WE LOVE YOU!
-Michelle, Millington, TN
My favorite sport moment with my dad would be seeing
my dad at every soccer game my freshmen year of college. The reason is because
he never came to any soccer games when I played in High school. He only went to
my basketball games. He is a great dad and I love to see him on the sidelines.
-Qualey, Benedicta, ME
My favorite memory is pretty simple: Friday night high
school football games. My dad has taken me to almost every game of the local high
school team since I was about 4 or 5 (i'm now 15). There's no one game that sticks
out as the best, it's just the memories of spending time with my dad.
-Sarah, Columbus, OH
My favorite sports story with my somewhat famous dad "UCONN
TED" the guy who sports the "Cat in the Hat" attire and gets the crowds cheering
at the womens UCONN games for the past 10 years is when I was a freshman in high
school in my very first game, the ball was tipped to me and my dad yelled, :Go,
Tammy, Go!" and I did. I raced to the basket and scored the very first basket
of my career for the other team!
-Tammy, Fremont, N.H.
is fifteen and I have coached her team for the past seven years. More than the
buzzer beaters that she has hit, I treasure the conversations we have had during
rides to and from practices and games. It isn't about the wins and losses...its
about learning to compete. She has played hundreds of games, and through those,
she has learned the value of preparation, about focus, about total commitment.
These are traits that will serve her well in life.
-Brett, Blue Springs, MO
I would love to share my great memories about my dad with you. I
would like to say, "my dad taught me how to play basketball." However, my dad
helped me with my English and World History homework and on Saturdays we play
ball outside in the driveway. I love my dad because he is always there for me.
Sometimes, I wish my dad would help my friends because their dad is never around.
My dad always tell me, "Asia, if you want to leave this little town; you will
need education first. Then we can practice the smooth 3pt shot (smile)." Sometimes,
I don't want to hear that but I appreciate his help because I am rank number 3
in my freshman class.
-Asia, Livingston, AL
I'm a single Dad
and my favorite sports memory with my Daughter happened during the 2002 Pinnacle
Lions Club Championship Basketball Game. We arrived at the gym and my daughter
Nicole was so pumped up that she shut her finger in the car door. I opened the
door so she could get her finger out and it was flattened. We went back home having
never went inside the gym. Nicole iced her finger, taped it up, and we headed
back to the gym. We arrived just before halftime and the coach put her in the
game. Nicole was awesome in that game, and her team brought home the championship
trophy. I realized at that moment just how tough Nicole was, how hungry she was
for that championship, and how much the game of basketball really meant to her.
I am one proud and very lucky dad!
country: United States
-Jimmy, Pinnacle, N.C.
It was my first game ever. I was in junior high school. The ball
was passed to me and there I went dribbling down the court in the wrong direction.
I caught on and was able to redeem myself by taking it to the hoop and scoring.
On the way home, my father looked at me and said, "Good game Joni, I am always
proud of you!". Then, we burst into laughter. He is the best.
-Joni, Atlanta, GA
My favorite memory with my dad was the very first WNBA game I
performed at. We love going to games together, but this put it at a whole new
level. We were so happy watching the game together analyzing everything, screaming
for the team. Then to see the proud look on his face when I got back...it was
a day that I will never forget.
-Rebecca, La Puente, CA
favorite moment with my dad was Game 3 of last years finals in Seattle. We had
season tickets the first year in 2000 and decided to get them again in 2004. When
the final buzzer sounded and the Storm won it was as if we won the Championship.
We both lost our voices from screaming so much. We were jumping around and hugging
each other. It was so great to experience the Storm's season and especially with
-Patrice, Kent, WA
My dad supports me in everything
I do whether it's school work or my sports. In basketball he will tell me what
I am doing wrong and hepls me out in our driveway. We always play one on one and
doesnt get mad when I beat him by two:) I love my dad and he is the best coach/father.
-Sgoose, Davenport, IA
My dad new how much of a Sue
Bird fan I was, so he surprised me with a plane tickest and a game tickest to
go watch Sue play. Not only did I get to spend time with my dad, but Seattle won!!
-Nicole, Wexford, PA
I adopted my daughter Ruth Riley as the middle of three
adopted children when she was 9 years old. Fourteen years later, I was honored
to be in Athens to see her win the Olympic gold medal on her birthday. I played
some sandlot ball with her and her sister Rachel (Both played together on North
Miami's high school team when they won the sectional championship). Although I
played more ball with my youngest son Jacob!
-Michael, Bunker Hill, IN
When my dad drove us all the way to Los Angeles just to see my favorite
team play the Sparks, but the game ended up being in Houston. I felt like Ikind
of let him down, but he took us to the beach and made my day worth my while.
-Bre, Victorville, CA
Every Thing I Do With My Dad is A Best Memory For Me.
I Love Him More Than He Knows.
Love U Big Duck, from Lil Duck.
- Mz A, St. Pete, FL
One of my favorite times wit my dad was my last jv game,
we were down by 1 and i got fouled. i missed both my foul shots and i lost the
game. But my dad just helped me up off the floor and gave me some tips and the
next day he helped me with my shots in the driveway.
-Alicia, Bridgeport, CT
The best basketball moment I shared with my dad was when we won our
summer league championship. At the time he was coaching me and I believe we were
also undefeated that same season. Still to this day my dad is always coaching
me. We can never just shoot around with out me getting coached. Sometimes I may
not like it but I know its for my own good. Luv Ya Dad!!!!!!
-Tara, Rocky Mount, NC
My favorite sports memory is playing driveway basketball with
my daughter, Megan. Although always the smallest player on her teams, Megan has
great basketball instincts, and recently won a state free throw shooting competition.
-Rich, Lawrenceville, GA
I got married in Las Vegas in August 2003. On my wedding
night instead of going back to the hotel with my new husband I went up to the
hotel sports bar with my dad to check the Lynx score! Thankfully I have a very
understanding husband because a week later when the Lynx made their first playoff
appearance my husband and I were in a very elegant restaurant on our honeymoon
and my dad was giving me play by play on my cell phone while we ate because I
wasn't able to make it back for the game! The WNBA is a great bonding experience
for any father/daughter team, I know it's brought my dad and I closer...GO LYNX!!
-Nikky, Hudson, WI
Wow, the best memory that i have with my father,
was about 3 years ago. It was my last year on my varsity elementary school. It
was teh CYO Championship versus our hated rival, Xavier. There was about 12 seconds
left and we were down by one piont in the game and we called a time out. I went
over to my father for some advice. He told me advice that i will never forget.
"It doesn't matter if you lose, winners never quit and quitters never win." After
that i knew i had to win. We came out of the timeout and they drew up a play for
one of our guards. The play didn't work but i got the offensive rebound put it
up and we won the game. I ran over to my dad and thanked him for everything. I
will never forget that day. St. Frances de Chantal Bronx CYO Champions.
country: United States
-Tiana, Bronx, NY
Some of the best memories I have
with my dad are of us playing bball in the driveway ... after I had played a big
game @ school, in the rain, when it was dark outside. He never got upset and always
encouraged me to do my best.
-Lorin, Tampa, FL
When i was 10 my
dad took me to my first WNBA game it was the Sparks against the Washington Mystics.
I thought that i was the luckiest girl in the world because he sad that he had
a big surprise for me and when the game was over he had gotten one of he friends
to let me meet Lisa Leslie my idol when i was 10 now i am 14 and i will never
forget that day.
-Lauren, Duluth, MN
My favorite memoriy that
i have w/ my dad is every time we play basketball together even though i smoke
him it's nice 2 know he cares about my dream of being a pro basketball player
in the WNBA.I love my dad , and i always will.
-Vivian, Bowling Green, OH
favorite experience with my father is that he came all the way down from Maryland
to Hammond, La to come and see us (Southwood Lady Cowboys) play for the championship
game! We won and we all went out to eat and me dad was able to share this wonderful
experience with me!
-Jasmine, Shreveport, LA
The best sports
memory I shared with my dad was probably when we just finished playing one on
one, and I beat him for the first time, but immediatly after that I was pitching
to him. On the first pitch I cut his head open and he had to get stitches. I guess
it was payback time for beating him...
-Clare, Grosse Pte. Farms, MI
took my daughter to her first NBA game back in March of 2002. It was a game at
the Fleet Center in Boston. The Celtics were playing the Charlotte Hornets. Over
the past 13 years I have not watched alot of NBA games. The reason why I don't
watch as often now is because, I beleive the game has changed alot from the Larry
Bird era. However, that Friday night was special to me at the Fleet Center. The
Celtics were getting killed by the Hornets. If I had gone to the game with some
friends, I am sure that I would have left the game early to beat the traffic home.
I did not watch much of the game. However, I had the most fun at that game because
of my daughter. She was watching the game at the edge of her seat, asking me alot
of questions about the game and it was alot of fun for me to tell her. I had the
best time watching her, watch the game. She devloped such a interest of the game.
She decided to tryout for a traveling team in the 3rd and 4th grade league. I
also had the good fortune to be able to coach her team. She has become a very
good outside shooter. my hope is that she will continue her interest in basketball.
-Mike, Pembroke, NH
My soon to be 10 years old granddaughter and I both share
the love of basketball. I am a soon-to-be-retired High School basketball coach;
she is a player. She plays basketball and is always asking advice about her game,
how to shoot and dribble. She insists that I come to her games and critique her
games. I send this as her father, even though I'm known to her as PawPaw, because
I am the only father she knows and depends on for male guidance.
-Luther, Tulsa, OK
I have had wonderful times with my dad. I always like watching games with him. That is special to me. I love playing with him and I won't to thank him for keeping me and introducing me to athletics!
-Jaleesa, Elm City, NC
My daughter is 5-1/2 and is a HUGE Seattle Storm fan. At the
June 4th game, during a break in the action, she looked at me thoughtfully and
asked how old the YOUNGEST player on the Storm was. I looked at the roster we
had and told her that the youngest player was 21-1/2. She turned her back to me
for a few moments (so I wouldn't see her counting on her fingers :-) while she
figured out that the youngest player on the Storm was 16 years older than her.
Then she turned and looked at me with a VERY serious look on her face and said
"Well... I have A LOT of time to practice then."
-Chris, Burien, WA
favorite sports moment with my daughter was the very first liberty game at the
garden,we shared moments of laughing ,yellind defense and cheering the liberty
girls threw good times and even during our losses we still stood by thier side,this
beginning turned out to be the beginning of a long relationship with the wnba,it
lead me to become a season ticket holder,and i am very happy to still share good
moments with my daughter ,as the liberty grow stong so does my relationship with
my daughter who is now 13 and wants to become a female basketball player,i also
thank the liberty players who always take time out to greet thier fans, it really
means alot to us.
-John, Bronx, NY
My daughter amazes me everyday
with her accomplishments in school and sports. Her unselfish dedication to her
family and friends is remarkable for a girl that is 11 years old. I will always
remember the day of her birth as the best day of my life...
-Tim, Brick, NJ
My dad goes through so much. He has had two back surgery's, 1 neck surgery,
1 heart surgery, and a few heart attacks. But, he still finds the time everyday
to take good care of us. Even if it is hard on him, he still struggles through
it, to see us play a game, or take us where we need to go. Even if he had other
things to do, he stops what he is doing, to help us and make us happy. He is the
best dad in the world! I love him!
country: United States of America
-Christine, Florence, KY
My favorite times with my dad can only happen from Friday through
Sunday.My dad works the whole week, he has TWO jobs.I love going to stores with
him on the weekend.I tell him things that happen at school that I wouldn't tell
even my mom.I LOVE my dad so much.I hope he will always be there for me!!!!
-Jazzy, Austin, TX