Nate Parham

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WNBA season preview

 

 

 

The 2013 WNBA season opened last weekend in Dickensian fashion — great expectations. “I think this is the most anticipated season for me,” proclaims ESPN analyst and former WNBA coach/general manager Carolyn Peck. SB Nation’s Nate Parham analyzed each W club, in 25 words or less, by conference, beginning with the East:

[New coach Mike Thibault] “will make a huge difference” in Washington, but unresolved ball-handling issues may prove too much. Atlanta still is Angel McCoughtry’s team, but point guard might be a problem. This year’s second overall pick, Elena Delle Donne, will help Chicago, but can the Sky overcome the early absence of star guard Epiphanny Prince, who contractually must play in Russia in June? Continue Reading →

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Sports highlights, plus banished words of 2012

Two members of our MSR sports experts’ panel recently released their 2012 best sports stories. Nate Parham of Swish Appeal places at the top of his list the Indiana Fever winning the 2012 WNBA championship. “I think Tamika Catchings [the finals MVP] has done so much for women’s basketball…throughout her career. I think the entire women’s basketball world was rooting for her to win a championship. People are comparing it to LeBron James [winning his first NBA title this year].”

Baylor’s undefeated season “obviously was a huge story,” Parham says. Continue Reading →

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Lynx in ‘outstanding position’ for 2021 draft

 

 

I get into the WNBA annual draft the same way I used to get into the NBA draft before it became nothing more than too many annually selected players long on potential but very short on stardom. The W draft prospects are four-year seniors, matured players. But like any draft, some will be busts — one (training camp) and done. Nonetheless, I enjoy watching these women college basketball players play below the rim, sizing them up. Sadly though, to find any local male media type who’ll discuss the three-round April 16 WNBA Draft with the same seriousness with which I approach it is a virtual no-go. Continue Reading →

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Coach-hiring carousel leaves Blacks without a ride

 

 

If you listen to the same old pundits, analysts, announcers — self-appointed coaches’ headhunters — who excessively yak about job openings and who should get them, they mostly talk about non-Black candidates. College Basketball Insider’s Jeff Goodman recently listed only 14 Blacks among his list of 77 “potential candidates” for openings, but no Black coaches who have been fired made Goodman’s list. Furthermore, if you’re a fired White coach, seemingly you almost immediately are rehired someplace else. Bruce Weber was hired by Kansas State less than a month after he was fired at Illinois. But Jolette Law (Illinois) and Felisha Legette-Jack (Indiana) both are looking for work after the two Black women head coaches were axed last month. Continue Reading →

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Black athlete manifesto: Can today’s players take a stand for Black consciousness?

 

 

Are today’s Black athletes that oblivious to their history? Many either don’t know or don’t want to know when Black athletes were consistent targets for the then-and-still-majority-White media. Times, they say, are different now — Black athletes don’t have to go through what Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Muhammad Ali did, along with their contemporaries as well as those who opened the doors for them. It’s sad that today’s Black athletes don’t know, or don’t want to know, just how much the Browns, Abdul-Jabbars and Alis took their social consciousness seriously, even at the expense of their illustrious careers. That these men and others like them cared more about representing their heritage, their Blackness, than endorsement deals. Continue Reading →

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Black History Month: It’s not just for White folks

 

There are some who are suggesting that Black History Month is no longer needed. This includes, sadly, some of us Black folk who don’t see this yearly February observance as necessary. On the contrary, Black History Month isn’t just for Whites to learn more about us, but also for us to know more about us. “Black history itself is not talked about enough,” says Dr. Elinor Ruth Tatum, publisher of the New York Amsterdam News. “I think in general the importance of Black history [is] not just the people who did the first thing, but also how we got to where we are right now,” says Nate Parham, who manages SBN’s Swish Appeal, a website that covers the WNBA and women’s college basketball around the nation from Seattle. Continue Reading →

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