Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

Training Camp Breakdown..

Hey Everyone!

We are finally finishing up training camp and I must tell you that it has been a joy. I know that you all must think that I am insane right now, LOL. But I am telling the truth. The hard work, the competition, the togetherness, the bonding etc. Couldn't ask for anything better.

Diana and Cappie are working extremely hard as usual, Tangela is doing her thing as well as showing DeWanner the ropes, Le'Coe is underestimated at times, especially in her running ability, Laurie just doesn't miss at all, LOL, Kelly M is working hard as well and knocking down shots, Nicole O, is making great strides, Shay Brooks is taking in all that she can everyday, Yuko, our Japanese pg, is running things as usual and having fun with all if us. Alley Q is a silent assassin that many sometimes sleep on but she is really playing well. Brooke Smith brings it every day.

I am adjusting and picking up things very fast. I am really liking the direction that things are going right now and I really think that this will be a very special year here in Phx. I am looking forward to it all. The coaching staff has been great, and the trainer Tamara Poole is awesome. She is really dedicated to her players and knows how important our bodies and health are.

Anyway like I mentioned before we are finishing up training camp and are now getting ready to head to Sacramento for a preseason game and then to Las Vegas and back here to play against Seattle. I cant wait. Each day and game allows us the opportunity to get even better connected with one another on the floor. I am smiling so big right now. Let's Go Merc. YAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Talk to you all soon. Come on out and check us out this summer, you can start on June 6 for our home opener at 7 o'clock hope to see you all there.


Monday, May 18, 2009

In Phoenix!

Hey everyone, especially the Mercury Fans!

I just want to let you know that my first week here has been awesome and we are just getting started. The people here were so welcoming, from the front office, to the coaching staff, my teammates, etc. I am honored to be here and looking forward to great things here with the Phoenix Mercury. I have been participating in some workout with some of the players, and just soaking up all that is thrown at me. The system seems like a perfect fit for me and I couldn't have asked for two better wing players in Diana and Cappi.

That is a point guard's dream to have someone to throw the ball to and you know that they are going to do something productive with it. And Tangela Smith puts the icing on the cake with what she brings. I could go on and on about the players but I think I will wait and save some of that for later. This is going to be an exciting year, I suggest those that are not already on board - jump on NOW. What are you waiting for? This is the Year for great things. See you all really soon.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Off To Phoenix

On Monday I went to Magnolia Woods again to address the students and the teachers. I just wanted to thank them for helping me help them. They couldn't have been any better. I have enjoyed every minute of it and I am looking forward to the Adopt-A-School Program to grow.

I thanked the teachers for all of their hard work that they put forth on a daily basis. With the lesson plans they prepare, with their patience with the students, with the teaching of the students with life lessons. It sometimes goes unnoticed and unappreciated. I tip my hat off to them for everything that they put forth. I encouraged the students to be the best that they can be and to work as hard as they can in the class rooms. I asked the honor roll students to continue on that road, and for the others that were not on the honor roll to strive to become an honor roll student or the best student that they can be.

I loved this adoption and I am looking forward to the future. I want to congratulate Mrs. Blakes the P.E. teacher for achieving the teacher of the year award. We (the H.O.P.E foundation) surprised her with a gift certificate to outback steak house for two, and a gift card for the movies for two. We all hope that she enjoy her time out she earned -- and believe me yall she deserves it!

I want to send out my deepest sympathy to the Principal of the school Principal Wallette (shown in picture w/ me) who lost her mother this past weekend unexpectedly. I know that it was and is a very difficult time to her so lets all keep her and her family in our prayers.

Thanks everyone that is all for now I am headed to Phoenix and I cant wait. Will be talking to you all soon.

Until next time...


Monday, May 4, 2009

Hello everyone!

On Thursday i went back to magnolia woods, and it was a bitter sweet day for me. As you all know Nike and I donated some shoes to the Honor Roll students at Magnolia Woods Elementary. This is the elementary school that I adopted through my foundation,

Well I thought it would be good to have a follow up by having a meet and greet with the parents of the students that received the shoes. It didn't really turn out the way that I had hoped, but the few that were there were very happy and sincerely grateful. I had one lady who was there for her granddaughter whom she is raising (and you all know I am a product of being raised by my grandmother as well) so she and i connected from the start. She became very emotional and overwhelmed with tears of joy. This made my heart just smile. She went on to thank me again and from there we embraced one another. This is what it is all about taking time out of your schedule to put a smile on someone's face, giving so many hope. I love it. As people continued to walk around and the kids were making thank you cards, they were enjoying some delicious donuts from Mikey's Donut who donated 10 dozen. Thanks Mikey's.

Soon after i, began to speak to the parents. I just thanked them for coming and for caring for their kids future. I stressed the importance of the support starting at home and how the kids are our future. I told them that I just wanted them to know that there a lot of people that cared about their kids' education and future -- and I was one of them. I encouraged them to stay involved and continue to support and encourage their kids to be the best that they can be. It was an awesome feeling -- the response I got from the parents that were there and for the ones that weren't there i sent home some thank you cards. The principal and the teachers were ecstatic and so were the kids. I received a lot of nice cards. Everybody, this is what it is really all about.

Can't wait until the next event tomorrow!! I will keep you posted on that.

Until next time...