v25_nba_playoffsThe Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder captured their divisional crowns and have now set the center stage for what will become the ultimate prize in both team’s history.

It took just three years as the Thunder, only three years removed from a 3-29 start that had them on pace for the worst record in the Western Conference, to turn things around and capture the Western Conference Championship, winning 4-2 over the San Antonio Spurs in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Former Minnesota Lynx forward and WNBA star Taj McWilliams-Franklin will join the coaching staff at Rice University as an assistant women’s basketball coach at the conclusion of the 2012 WNBA season.

McWilliams, who is currently a member of the Minnesota Lynx, is a 14-year veteran and a six-time WNBA All-Star. The Lynx opened its 2012 season on May 20th with a convincing 105-83 win over the Phoenix Mercury. The league playoffs are scheduled for September 27th.

v24_MattDanielsMatt Daniel, who quickly built a successful NCAA Division I women’s basketball program at Central Arkansas, was named as the new head women’s basketball coach at Marshall University.

Daniel, 35, replaces Royce Chadwick, who resigned last month after 11 seasons at Marshall. At UCA, Daniel earned a reputation as a spirited and tireless young coach who displayed an ability to turn around a program. He is 72-50 for his career as a head coach and finished his last three seasons at UCA with a 66-26 record.

v19_Steve_FrancisWell the abbreviated 2011-2012 NBA season is over for the Houston Rockets and you can’t help but wonder, what if they were still playing in the post-season right now!

It really would be great to see what the future of a somewhat talented team would be like. If I looked into a crystal ball right now I could see Goran Dragic starting along with Courtney Lee and Chase Budinger. Marcus Camby was a nice acquisition for the Rockets and he rebounded very well, despite having a bad back.

Iv14_1103Grinert’s been a long time coming and for those of us who have waited for this day to come since their AAU days of Houston Summer Leagues will finally get to see who will win the matchup of the No. 1 seeded and No. 1 ranked Baylor Lady Bears and the Stanford Lady Cardinals.

It will be the matchup of the century featuring 6-8 Brittney Griner of Baylor against her former rivals at Cy Fair and summer league’s Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike in the first of two games in the Women’s Final Four in Denver, Colorado.


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