Wednesday, May 21, 2008

SwaggerJack: New Blood

Because NBA players and their appropriate people can take longer to get to than you may think, this introductory post of mine will not be the interview that I was planning on. Instead, you get a little hello to all of the readers of HP as I introduce myself, the newest member to this crazy cast we’ve got here.

For anyone who frequents SLAMonline as part of your daily NBA hits, you’ll recognize me as the writer of the Post Up. For those of you who are Laker fans, you’ll recognize me as your family. I am -to put it simply- a girl who was born to write about this game. The squeaking of basketball shoes racing across hardwood is the first track on the soundtrack to my life. The footwork of Chris Paul as he quicksteps to the basket is the most beautiful dance I’ve ever seen and the effortless release of Kobe Bryant’s jumper followed by the net barely daring to breathe as the ball drops through is a feeling as close to perfection as I will ever experience. Basically, the game of basketball is the greatest love of my life.

Thanks to Matt, I’ve got space here to share that love with all of you. If you’ve noticed the column name and have been wondering why SwaggerJack was chosen, there are a few other things you need to know about me. My Stephen Jax love runs deep and this name was inspired entirely by his swagger. I love the NBA and its players more than I could ever attempt to describe. As much as I love March Madness, the D-League (Kelenna Azubuike…Rod Benson…I’ve got love for you both), Canadian college hoops and Euro league there is nothing like the NBA.

If I could choose only one player to be graced with a ring before he leaves the game it would be Iverson. I would be the happiest girl in the world if I could sit with Jack at Staples and I fully intend to make that happen, some way and some how. I also love JVG way more than anyone besides his family should. I’m a huge fan of KG and his intensity that borders on insanity and I think Amare and Raja are two of the coolest cats in the L. Magic was the man who made me like basketball, Kobe came along and helped me fall in love with it and now CP3 is making that love grow with every assist, steal and score.

Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, I’m going to do my best to bring you a piece of my basketball love every Wednesday with some of the best people associated with professional basketball. It might not be the players you are expecting, but it will always be something on someone I admire, respect and appreciate. Here’s hoping you will too. Gear up everyone; it’s going to be a long offseason after the Lakers win the title.

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