//Reading/Watching/Listening to…Bleacher Report!?//

I know it’s no surprise to you that I am a girl. I am and I love fashion and shopping and spending time with my gal pals in sweats and eating cupcakes and watching rom-coms just like any other girl. But inside this girl lies a very big part of my heart that beats for one thing…SPORTS.

Obviously, next to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and after my family, Sports takes the 3rd spot. I don’t pretend to be an expert because I am not. I am a huge fan of athletics and I have my father to blame. He was blessed with 3 daughters and it’s because of him that my sisters and I absolutely love to watch and play any sport. He and my uncle Steve taught us how to throw a football and put up the perfect layup. My dad ran drills with me late at night just to make sure I felt good before a big game. He taught me how to hold a bat and taught me how to wait for the perfect pitch in softball. He ran bases with me when I was in elementary school. He ran alongside my bike when I was nervous and before we knew helmets were an absolute necessity. I owe a lot to my precious parents but memories like being a sports girl definitely goes to my dad. Mom understands. 😉

So you have to be living under a rock to not know what yesterday was: Trade Deadline day for the NBA. Yes, next to NCAA Football, I’m a huge NBA basketball fan. I am obsessed with Oklahoma’s own Thunder. I love the Golden State Warriors because Steph Curry is a machine of athleticism and it’s a beautiful thing to watch. I am still a bit embittered toward James “Fear the Beard” Harden for his departure from the Thunder but I still wear my Fear the Beard shirt that bears his face. I now have more apps on my phone to keep up with all things NBA than I do for taking pictures and social media. It’s ridiculous! My sister even said this year “Linds, I didn’t even know you were a Thunder fan…” to which I replied, “that’s rude that you didn’t pay attention to me when I talked about the Thunder and yes, I’ve always been a fan, but may be more quiet because I didn’t think anyone would care about my thoughts.” Well, get ready blog-o-sphere. I’m telling you all my thoughts…

1. Apps you need. Yes, there are certain apps you MUST HAVE if you plan on being any sort of NBA fan. If you’re a real fan, you know it’s important to keep up with your team in and out of season. My favorite go-tos: Bleacher Report, NBA (duh!), Thunder (yes, they have their own app), ESPN, ESPN Live, Fox Sports, FXGO, and of course Watch TNT. These aren’t all sports related as you can tell, but the options they have for live streaming is great. I am currently living on my own and paying my own bills (like I have for the last 2 years), but that means being a bit frugal when it comes to TV. I would rather have great internet than channels I won’t be watching so that’s where the apps come in. I watch games on my phone while studying and writing papers. All these apps can set alerts for your teams and keep you up to date. If you’re like me, that’s fun!

2. Oh Thunder. Get your stuff together. So, the Thunder have been through it. It seems we’ve seen more and more players dealing with injuries and some random injuries too! Who knew you could sprain your toe? I just think of bones breaking. Sure, I’ve sprained my ankle, but my toe? Seriously? With Adams still out with a broken hand, that leaves a hole on the floor. I know my “sports wise bros” have opinions and I’m sure they probably will never see my writing on this (we’ll get to that later), but Adams has made himself a contender for a Thunder Title winning team. He’s huge and can rebound like nobody’s business. He connects with the other players and does his job. Him being gone sucks right now and it leads me to the loss of one of the Davis house’s favorite players, Kendrick Perkins. This guy is a beast. If looks could kill, he’d have killed several by now. He is a big body player who takes up a bunch of space on the court and he’s done well getting points on the board in crucial moments. He seems to be the kind of guy who can make the plays when you really need him to come through. And now, he will no longer be donning a Thunder uniform. It’s sad really. He has become a vital member to the Thunder team and now Utah wins him. (Knowing he’s going to the Jazz reminds me of the Karl Malone years at the Jazz. Anyone remember when Malone dunked the ball and ripped his hand open from the rim? No? Just me? Y’all are much, much younger than me then…) But who knows if he’ll even end up at the Jazz… last I saw, the Mavs, Cavaliers and was it the Heat were tossing their names in the ring to get Perk on their roster. That’s huge. Good luck Perk. You’ll be missed.

But… Back to the Thunder.

They have a shot. They have go to get their sh…stuff together, if you know what I mean. We have to see a healthy Durant on the court. We need to see a Westbrook that not only can dunk, but one that can make those 3’s from no man’s land. Nick Collison. Serge Ibaka. DION FREAKIN WAITERS… We have so many awesome greats on the floor and the bench but we gotta see them show up when it counts.

3. The Newcomers. Of course, I was sad yesterday morning when I saw Perk’s name tossed in the trade rumor mill, but what we’re getting shows the wisdom and planning of Sam Presti, that glasses wearing genius. OKC is getting 4 players: DJ Augustin, Kyle Singler, Enes Kanter and Steve Novak. Augustin is a former longhorn (God love him. I don’t expect him to wear Crimson, but if I see him wearing that god awful burnt orange of Texas, I may say something) who will be reunited with his bro, Kevin Durant. Augustin averages 10.6 puts per game, while Singler averages 7.1. I’m sure those numbers will improve. Now, Enes Kanter seems to be a big hopeful for the Thunder. He’s 22, 6’11 and averages 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. I like those numbers Kanter. I don’t know much about Novak, but I’m sure he’ll be a welcome addition to the Thunder. The Thunder has been desiring a title win for some time now. They’ve come close for the last 2 years and then this year happened. KD and Westbrook have had their ups and downs with injuries and now with Adams and his hand… WE NEED A HEALTHY TEAM. COME ON GUYS. PULL IT TOGETHER. What I’m thinking Presti has done is attain some talented guys to maybe sway our boy KD to stay with OKC. KD is going to be a free agent in 2016 and he’s looking. You know he is. He’s looking to big names like the Lakers, Knicks and so on. Can those teams do what Presti has done and bring in some talent to develop a title winning team? My guess is no. Presti is a genius in this regard. He is putting up some big money for the Thunder to attain a HUGE win. I gotta give the man props for trying. I don’t want to see KD leave at all. I know we’re in the middle of the US and some people think Oklahoma is lame, but if you know Oklahoma like I do, you know we have some of the most loyal men, women and children when it comes to the game. KD, don’t do it. Stay and see this team rise to the occasion. Am I right?

4. Women in the NBA. “Ummm, Linds. NBA is for MEN. I think you’re thinking of the WNBA”. Ok, hold on loser. Before you jump all over me and tell me I’m so stupid, hear me out. I’m currently in a grad class called Current Problems. This class has a focus on the pitfalls of society and discrimination among the sexes. I had the opportunity to do a presentation on the NBA. It was written by what I can only assume is an embittered woman who has been hurt by an NBA player or wished she had been. Whether a real relationship or one of the parasocial realm, this woman wrote a chapter dedicated to the discrimination of women in the NBA. I am one of those girls who likes seeing a female on the sidelines. I love seeing women like Jessica Coody from the Sooner Sports Network on the sidelines with our coaches and boys from the OU Football team. Jess knows her sports. She asks the right questions. She gets these “quiet” guys talking. When you put a girl out on the sidelines who is just a pretty face and doesn’t really know what’s going on, I get mad. Why? Because you’re making sports girls like me look like we’re idiots. This presentation helped open my eyes to the pioneers of the NBA. Becky Hammond is now an assistant coach for the Spurs. She’s the only female on coaching staffs of the NBA right now. Michele Roberts was voted as the executive director of the NBA players union after spending years as a partner of her own law firm. Violet Palmer-you all may know her as the only female referee on the courts during NBA games, but she was the first female officiant hired in 1997. These are women who are defying all odds against them and killing their game. This is AMAZING! Ladies, we have pioneers in a male dominate league showing us the ropes. They are opening doors for us where we otherwise would be sitting on the sidelines, cheering our favorite players on. For me, I would love to be a contributor on some NBA site or OU Football site. I would love to toss my opinions in the ring and get some conversations started. Why? because I’m more than blonde hair, green eyes and a 5’5 frame that can wear the hell out of some booties and skinny jeans. I’m an athlete and lover of the game and just like my male counterparts, my voice deserves to be heard. If the only reason I’m in Grad School is to hear my own voice and develop my thoughts and beliefs more, then so be it. I’m right where I’m supposed to be and learning so much! I’m learning how to defend my beliefs. I’m learning how to listen to others and ask the right questions. If my goal in life is to help people, then I have to be a listener first and foremost. I have to ask questions that lead to answers. All this to say, there are more women developing their craft so that they can be added to organizations dominated by men like the NBA. ((Hey NBA, I’m coming for you. I’ve got more in me…LOOK OUT))

I know this was MAJORLY long, but one of my obsessions is the NBA. I love it. I love the athleticism. I love the players and their ridiculous handshakes (looking at you Adams and Collison… Can I join in on that hand shake game?). I love the camaraderie of the fan base. I love seeing babies dressed in Thunder gear! This is something fantastic to be apart of, and if you’re not in, don’t get left behind. Join in!

Hope you enjoyed this… More “feminism in sports” posts to come… 😉

Linds

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