My Bi-Polar Allegiance
Everyone is welcome, but know the new world order is in place.
by Stephen Litel
Hello everyone and welcome to my new home here at SLAM. The title for this space–Year Round Hoops–is simplistic enough to cover my love of both the NBA and WNBA. Yes, I enjoy the WNBA greatly and believe that the coverage of that league is substandard, and I will do my part to bring as much coverage as I’m capable of to this space. During the NBA season, I will post non-Timberwolves related interviews and articles in this space, as I don’t want to step on Myles Brown’s turf and I have my other outlet for those anyway.
I’m not going to go through a complete introduction, as I did last year when I began writing for SLAMonline. Here is the short version, however. My name is Stephen Litel and I cover the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx for Downtown Journal in Minneapolis for the past four years. Last year, I began writing for SLAM, covering the entire WNBA and I’m very thankful for the opportunity.
This space will be a work in progress, as I decide how I want to go about communicating with you. Yet, there is a new world order here, which also excites me. I have the access myself to edit or delete reader comments and, therefore, will not tolerate WNBA bashing. I understand that the women’s league is not for everyone, but this will be a WNBA-friendly zone and that’s putting it mildly. This space will become one of the few online places where legitimate fans may communicate without the criticism of those who either have never given the league a fair chance or have preconceived notions regarding the athleticism or quality of the competition.
Feel free to comment/criticize my standpoints on the topics I cover if you disagree. Go ahead and analyze my writing style if you so wish. I’m a big boy and can take it and, to be honest, reader criticism pushes me to excellence. If I’m going to make a point, especially if it might be controversial or out of the norm, I sure better be able to back up my thoughts with concrete information. If not, you will call me on it and I welcome it.
The initial plan is to post about once a week, so put the main page of Year Round Hoops in your favorites on your computer and check back often. When I’m not posting new articles, I will take part in the conversation with readers in the comments section as much as possible. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you.
Now, with that said, it’s a great time of year for me as a basketball fan. The NBA Finals are set with the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic facing off for the Larry O’Brien trophy and the WNBA season is set to tip off next weekend.
So, let’s hear from you now…
Who will win the NBA Finals? How many games will it take? Who will surprise us in the Finals with their performance and who might fall off under the pressure?
WNBA fans. As the season is ready to tip off, what teams are you most excited about this season? Specific players? Will Detroit repeat?