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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The WNBA: Where Pimp-Slaps with a Backhand Happen

posted by on April 22 at 10:54 AM

Lots of sports-talk this week has revolved around the NBA’s Dirk Nowitzki choosing not to bite when an opponent tried to pick a fight on Sunday afternoon’s opening round of the playoffs. Seems like a no-brainer—fights mean penalties, and beyond that, the NBA’s had enough of a thuggish reputation in recent years. Unsurprisingly, a bunch of NBA yokels disagree…but surely, one of those wouldn’t be a WNBA coach like Michael Cooper, right?

If you look closely, you can see the guy straining not to upgrade his phrase to “slap a ho.” The WNBA’s regular season kicks off on May 17.

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there are fights because people want them.

Posted by infrequent | April 22, 2008 11:24 AM

Showtime! Hell yeah Coop was the man back in the day. what a team, Magic, Kareem, Byron, James Worthy and COOP.

I'm partially with with Coop on this one, despite his poor choice of words.

Dirk is a monster talent and is nonsense to call him soft, he plays his german butt off, and he does the right thing in walking away from fights and taunts, BUT YOU NEVER, EVER, LET NO ONE TOUCH YOUR FACE. NEVER, specially since DIRK was the one that WALKED UP TO HIM.

Posted by SeMe | April 22, 2008 11:49 AM

Agreed. I'd be on the razor's edge between cool or not. Reminds me of all that stupid slap fight tomfoolery on here a while back.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | April 22, 2008 1:42 PM

our culture finds it acceptable, perhaps even "necessary", to respond in kind when you are insulted in some way. we have made a vice a virtue. it would be great to see this change.

negative campaign ads are the political equivalent. i'm glad for obama's approach, and in the same way, i appreciate nowitzki's approach.

Posted by infrequent | April 23, 2008 11:33 AM

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