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Phoenix, AZ – A few minutes before the visiting Charlotte Bobcats tipped off against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center last Saturday, I suddenly felt it was vitally important that I have some cookie dough ice cream.
I was there covering the game for an upcoming article in the next issue of SLAM. I dropped my laptop off at the press box and made a beeline for Cold Stone Creamery. Yes, there is one inside the arena and it’s a delicious gift from heaven.
Something you should know about me to put this story in context: Aside from my career, I tend to avoid human contact and/or interaction whenever possible. I’m kind of like Sheldon from “The Big Bang Theory.” Whether I’m exceedingly shy or just downright lazy doesn’t really matter anymore.
While in line, I glanced over to my left and noticed a young girl, maybe ten-years-old, with a Los Angeles Sparks WNBA jersey on.
“Odd,” I thought. “Don’t really see many WNBA jerseys at NBA games, much less a Sparks one in Phoenix.”
I brushed it off, not thinking anything more of it.
I had been in line for Cold Stone for what seemed like 52 minutes. Rather than make an attempt to converse with someone (again, I’d rather stab myself in the eye with a rusty fork), I continued to refresh my Twitter account on my BlackBerry.
“I think I’m going to get cookie dough,” said a random voice next to me.
“Yeah, me too,” I responded internally with a sarcastic tone. “That is, if the line ever starts moving.”
That’s when I saw it was the same little girl with the Candace Parker Sparks jersey on. She didn’t have any hair and was having a noticeably hard time keeping her balance without help from her mom.
Mom and Basketball…That’s my life. I love that little girl so much!
Congrats to Coach Summitt on being named Sports Illustrated Sports Woman of the Year!
Watch out y’all…Lailaa’s dunking at 2 years old!!! WNBA’s future 2031 #1 draft pick! : )
After hearing about Coach Summitt’s early-onset dementia diagnosis, I had to write this. She’s been one of the most influential people on my success, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today without her coaching.
Coach Summitt you never cease to amaze me with your strength and courage. Whenever you face adversity you tackle it head on! True inspiration for me and one of the strongest women I know. I love you and we will handle this together as the Lady Vols always have, like FAMILY.
For those wanting to send cards of support to Coach Summitt, here is the mailing address: Coach Pat Summitt, Lady Vols Basketball, 207E Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena, 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way, Knoxville, TN, 37996-4610.
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