Alana Beard on Ron Artest, Kobe and The W
New “Mind of an Athlete” blog talks about the amazing Lakers win.
In case you had any doubts, Alana is hitting the ground running with her blog on SLAMonline. Already, it should be obvious how witty, intelligent, and on-point her writing style is; but today she kicks it up a notch.
Alana analyzes Ron Artest’s last-second heroics (Ben’s note: as a Suns fan that shot physically hurt me), Kobe, and a few miscellaneous WNBA topics including the Indiana Fever’s acquisition of Shavonte Zellous. Be sure to leave Alana a comment and/or a question and she’ll hit you back. — Ben
by Alana Beard / @Alanabeard20
The NBA – where Ron Artest, “Just playing ball” and “Queensbridge” happens!
How crazy was the game last night! I literally stayed up for the entire game. For some odd reason, normally when the clock hits 10 p.m., I’m out like a fat kid in dodge ball.
But this is why we watch sports…for moments like this. The excitement after hitting a game-winning shot is beyond control. You literally run around like you have “ants in your pants.” Believe me, I know the feeling. Well, let me take that back. Everyone except Kobe runs around like that. Kobe is used to it. That’s just what he does. Sorry to all you Kobe “dislikers” – I’m not a fan of the informal term “hater.”
So, here’s my problem. Everyone is criticizing Ron Artest for such a poor shot, but if it had gone in then everyone would’ve been praising him. I mean, OK, rebound, new shot clock with less than a minute left, of course we want Kobe to take the shot, but he was WIDE OPEN people! Granted, I would for sure want Kobe taking a shot with three, four, five sometimes six (normally, his teammate is in the way) people on him in this situation, but dude, he was WIDE OPEN! Jessica Simpson would have taken that shot – he was WIDE OPEN! And, he’s from Queensbridge…whoop whoop!
Enough about the NBA, how about the Indiana Fever’s big steal? They acquired Shavonte Zellous from the Tulsa Shock. That’s huge. Zellous had a pretty good rookie debut last year and may have a little touch of the sophomore slump but I think Zellous and my buddy, Shay Murphy, coming off the bench this season will give the Fever a major spark.
Expect big things this year in the WNBA. Each year the talent gets faster, stronger and more athletic. We are evolving and I can’t wait to see it all unfold!
I’ll leave you with this random question, speaking of “evolution,” how many of you like the new Gatorade commercials? I LOVE them! It totally gives you a clear picture of the Gatorade evolution in about 30 seconds…. maybe a minute, who’s counting?
P.S. I also love that song they used for the commercial too…shhhh!
Until next time…
When you say I CANT…I WILL.