- *throws tissue into trash can from two feet away*
- me: BALLIN
- me: BALL IS LIFE
- me: BASKETBALL NEVER SLEEPS
- me: KOBE TELL ME HOW MY ASS TASTES
The NCAA has been such an insufferable institution of cloddish, predatory, wildly profitable (mis)management for so long that any assault on its unaccountability is cause for celebration. So it was understandable to see people shouting “we won!” when US District Judge Claudia Wilken’s 99-page ruling in O’Bannon v. NCAA effectively told the NCAA to put an egg in its shoe and beat it by declaring that college athletes could make money off of their names and likenesses. Maybe it resonated at the purely on-field level: These are the bozos who resisted a playoff system in college football for years. Finally someone is punishing them! Or maybe the anger here is based off of class: Fuck these rich, chair-moistening clowns.
Either way, it’s important to understand that the verdict shouldn’t satisfy those of us who want to see college athletes fully compensated for their labor. From the beginning the O’Bannon case has been bundled up with aggregated fan-and-journalist frustration with the NCAA, but what Wilken’s decision addresses is but a small subset of the whole, though it does allow for the possibility of radical and comprehensive changes."
Jeb Lund, VICE Sports
"As a player, Hammon has never been particularly fast or quick — she’d be the first to say the same. And yet her knowledge of the angles of the game — the court seemed to appear to her like a backgammon board — ensured you could never keep her from the basket. The harder you tried, the faster you went, the more she slowed down and exploited everything you thought you knew. Whatever way you were clearly leaning, or even thinking about leaning, she had already processed, and was already moving toward the open space."
While the best basketball players I know are men, the best basketball MINDS I’ve ever encountered are those of women. There’s something about the way women think that is so meticulous, structured and organized. The stubborn refusal to give up (yes, that same resolve that assures that women always win arguments, sorry boys) goes into game preparations, anticipation of plays and finding strategies that will assure victory.
Even I admit that women’s physical skills can only get us so far on the basketball court but our role in coaching, managing and in growing the game has no boundaries. All we needed was an open door, a pioneer — and who could do a better job at leading the way than Becky Hammon? Finally, people will see that she’s not a good female coach or a good coach/player in the women’s game, she is and will be a great coach. Period.