So now that the NBA lockout seems to be here, at least for the extended future, many things have come to mind on what to do with the 2011-12 season. Some people will probably be turned off and spin away from basketball and flock to other sports. Some people will try to follow their favorite NBA players in their professional summer leagues or watch their games overseas. Still others will do nothing, be loyal and wait patiently for either an abbreviated season or (gasp) replacement players. I believe I have come up with a viable alternative.
I think we, as fans, should turn to our closest city and follow the WNBA. Now hold on, I know I might have lost a few people with that statement, but hear me out. First of all, I know woman’s sports doesn’t seem as flashy or as satisfying, at least for us men, as their high flying male counter parts. Ok, I agree. But faced with no professional balling in the U.S., I think we should all turn our team and state loyalty to the woman who “got next”. For us Clipper fans, that means throwing our weight behind the Los Angeles Sparks.
Secondly, there are extremely talented woman players in the WNBA, some with better fundamentals than their male counterparts. I know we are used to Sportscenter top ten dunks, especially with Blake Griffin spoiling us. Think of the many European players that have better all around skills then American born players: Dirk, Kobe (yes he grew up in Italy), Ginobili, Nash, Noah, Parker, the Gasol brothers to name a few.
Lastly, if you’ve ever been to a live event, there’s nothing like it. Going to an arena and being there in person is nothing like seeing it on television. I challenge anyone go to a professional event and try it; see if it doesn’t increase your overall view. Buy the gear, paint your faces, dress up and bring that home town, college vibe to the game. Let’s back our sister, wives, and others. There’s nothing like playing catch or shooting hoops with our sons, but don’t you want to form that same bond with our daughters?
LET’S GO SPARKS!!!