You Can’t Guard Me

Posted by VeRonda Wicks May 13th, 2008

Derek Fisher is some guy, huh? And his role on the court, which requires commitment, continues to be a testament to him as a complete man.

A very hearty phrase if you think about it. A person coming up the court with the ball eventually meeting up with a potentially equal opponent that shares the same position… In this case, guard. Now, while this guard is ‘pushing’ the ball so eloquently up the court there is a decision that has to be made. Shoot or pass? Each decision carries game-winning (or -losing) consequences. As the opponent is ‘posting’ (it means seriously in my personal space) up in an attempt to get the ball or at least make the handler miss, the handler has to think quickly and soundly.

The ‘You Can’t Guard Me’ phrase is a basketball staple! It basically gives the strong message that you won’t win in this one-on-one situation. Beyond that, it says that if you try to guard me, you will get your feelings hurt (I am laughing hysterically at this explanation). This is the mental conversation that happens all throughout the game. It’s actually quite entertaining if you ask me. Note to self: Be sure to watch Fisher on the court… He says like three words the whole game, which doesn’t totally support the whole trash-talking part of the story, but he’s a guard none the less.

Take this with you… a guard is like the coach on the court and with that; a ballooned ego is an ill-advised ego. This advanced thinker of the game has to be all of these things, too:

Ball handler extraordinaire A true defender
Dribbler with both hands Quick with tricky feet
Able to pass Able to get that outside shot when left open
Able to get to the basket, then dish it out Able to read opponents

So now you can confront your various situations with the unmitigated proclamation, You Can’t Guard Me!

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Measure of a Father

Posted by VeRonda Wicks May 11th, 2008

How is a father’s love measured? Some say by what he established with his children earlier on. Others believe it is the relationship that can be identified as an adult. What is universal is that a father’s actions speak volumes about his level of sacrifice. This story demonstrates the wonderful capacity of a father.

In a powerful and geniune move, Derek Fisher, guard for the L.A. Lakers, took only moments to decide between basketball and money versus the value of his daughter’s life.

Derek Fisher

Photo by Stephanie Young Merzel

I just thought this was the most interesting story of love and priorities in that 2007 Fisher asked to be released from a $21-million contract ($21 million y’all) with the Utah Jazz to be closer to a facility that would benefit his daughter, Tatum. Now, could you imagine the pens and needles that the Fishers were on? But the difficult news came… they were told that their then 10-month-old was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer [Retinoblastoma] in her left eye.

In order to get better, Tatum had to endure an operation at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Thankfully, she came through like a champ! It appears that Tatum is doing better after undergoing chemotherapy, even with the limited vision in her left eye. Just to be sure though, she is monitored by doctors in case the cancer returns.

We have to give Mrs. Fisher extreme props because amazingly enough, Tatum’s mom, Candace first noticed that something was wrong after Tatum had an odd reflection of light coming from her eye.

As it would happen, Fisher’s belief that everything would happen as it should occurred when the Lakers picked him up and paid him $14 million for his on-the-court prowess (Pay day! Pay day! He did the pay day dance.). With his priorities intact and his sustained drive for the game, the 3-time NBA champion returned to the Lakers after his one-year stint with the Jazz.

Fisher says his decision was easy because it was about his daughter-and his family.

Okay, now you know I can’t leave you without an assignment (in a manner of speaking). It’s the playoffs and the Lakers are playing the Jazz (go figure) at home this afternoon. We’ll start off slow. Join your sports fan for this game, look for Fisher in action, and just see where the night takes you… Just see. Remember that instant replay is your friend… and, well, if you miss the game, ESPN is your friend!

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Categories: Basketball

What’s All the Fuss About?

Posted by VeRonda Wicks May 9th, 2008

The phrase is all too familiar. You jump into your snugly position on the couch, smiling expectantly about the news of the day that is just waiting to pounce off your lips. You glance at the television, curious at best, wondering what is competing with you for your significant other’s attention. Realizing it’s the seasonal disruption-sports-you begin listing off all the happenings from your day. Then, there’s the dreadful silence. It comes after you’ve asked if your question was heard…

“Wait ‘tila commercial”

…The customary, yet horrifying reply starts you on your way. And, as you walk into the other room-slightly disgruntled of your untimely and suggestive dismissal-you ponder on how you’d love to understand the fascination.

We all know someone who wants to understand sports or maybe that someone is you. This site caters to the everyday woman desiring an avenue to understanding sports. This newfound knowledge can bridge the immeasurable gap between quality time and the love of the game.

Look forward to snapshots into professional athletes’ ups and downs of life and find yourself in their stories. With compelling and informative stories, along with various insights on the game, you’re sure to appreciate the fascination and total love of the game.

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Categories: Life Insights