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Candace Parker and Sheldon Williams to Expect a Baller Baby

Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks – A WBNA team for those of you who aren’t equal opportunity ballers – Announced that she is expecting her first child this coming spring. Let me break down what this means: Candace Parker is a professional basketball player and was the no. 1 draft pick in 2008. Before she joined the Sparks, she was rockin’ the arena at University of Tennessee. Now she’ll be rockin’ a baby with her husband Sheldon Williams…Of the Sacramento Kings. If you still don’t get it, this means that their son or daughter will most likely be an INSANE baller.

Baby Dream Team

Baby Dream Team

If I was the son of two athletes I could’ve been the next Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Pele…Whoever. Instead I’m the son of two Indian immigrants and will most likely become the next successful motel owner, taxi driver or 711 manager. If I’m lucky I may become a computer engineer or doctor, but that’s highly doubtful.

Parker was named Rookie of the Year and received MVP honors in addition to winning an Olympic gold medal and being named AP’s female athlete of the year. Sheldon was good enough to get drafted into the NBA, which means even if Parker can’t return to the WNBA after pregnancy, their hopes and dreams (more so lavish lifestyle) can still be picked up by their offspring. That kid is going to be ridiculous so get his autograph or thumb print ASAP.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

January 7, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Basketball Players in China are Older than they Appear

China - Yao Ming

A professional basketball league in China and thirty-six of its players are under investigation for age fraud. According to China Sports Daily, athletic professionals are commonly accused of altering players’ ages for various tournaments. This became apparent to most Americans (and foreigners) during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when China “used” underage women on their gymnastics squad. I quoted used because the case was recently under investigation – And gymnastics cases from the 2000 Sydney Olympics still are.

The Chinese hosted the Olympics this year and won second place overall. Much press was gained from the events – So investigating age fraud isn’t all that important to the committee. Not to mention the Chinese already received the severest punishment they possibly could – Losing to the Americans.

The Chinese basketball situation is slightly different though. Players have been listed much younger than their actual age. My thoughts immediately shift to Yao Ming – Could the man possibly be older than stated?

Personally, age fraud isn’t worth it. It’s cool to use a fake I.D. when trying to get into bars, but legally? It only serves as an embarrassment when you can’t perform a few years down the road. The basketball association has “understood” this and promises to be stricter in the future when enlisting athletes.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 9, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA, Olympic Sports | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment