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Sunday, May 21, 2017

In A League Of Their Own: Basketball Beauties Season 2

I'm not sure exactly when I heard about the Basketball Beauties League but I was instantly intrigued. A collection of all-female basketball players who are former WNBA stars, semi pros, college stand outs, singers, entertainers, and those who love of the game - I see this as a such a necessity for the city of Los Angeles and the sports universe. Carefully screening each baller who submits to play for the league not anyone gets to play, after an evaluation of their talent then they are approved. This keeps up the integrity of the game and ensures the best of the best are out there on the court. Introducing myself to the head honcho Jude Thomas in the early weeks of the season he was welcoming from the jump. As the creator of Basketball Beauties it seems like he's everywhere at every time, no seriously! He's never in one spot for more than two minutes. As I see him catching up with players to see where they're at mentally, he deeply cares, and you can see how he facilitates a familial feel in the midst of this competitive environment. Weather you're a fan, a player on the court, or a part of his staff Jude makes sure your always good.

One of the first players I met was Heartbreak. No, no typo - her name as aforementioned is Heartbreak. I thought that was so dope and speaking with her more throughout the weeks she loves basketball but also has equal passions with a member of the SpaceX company and she's a singer. A rocket scientist who can ball as well? Yes, this is what makes Basketball Beauties so unique. It has multi-faceted women who play basketball with the best of them. I also had met Brittney Elena, the Lola Bunny of the Basketball Beauties. An easy on the eyes and hard as nails on the court dynamo. She gave me the best photo ops because of her fun personality and humorous outlook on life. Somebody soon needs to give her a show she's that charismatic. I would say the heart and soul of the League is Elisha Taylor also known as a Elite Taylor and The Black Italian. She's a magnet once she steps into the building, speaking to everyone going by and see how they are doing, and you can see her encouraging her teammates and just as hyped when they score as if she had made the basket. It's all love here, it's all unity. On the court they are all competitive as hell but they do not let that seep into the post game. Hugs at the end, laughing at certain moments, and rejoicing that they are all their to ball.

I wanted to know, at the essence of it, why the players believed in this league in particular. During the Conference Finals a few weeks ago I spoke with one of the stars of Basketball Beauties Danika Dale. I liken her to a Kevin Durant, a happy warrior who can turn it on at any time and seeing with my own eyes damn near un-guardable. I ask her what makes it different. She had one word. "Opportunity", she continued, "It's more than basketball, It's friendship. You can come here to get in shape, to network, make friends, and that's what makes it great." I knew exactly what she meant because each week you would see aspects of all of that. It's more than a game when you seek out a league to play ball. You want a place to feel like home, and to be yourself. That's what makes Basketball Beauties so special. And this is why you should come through to see them ball so hard.  

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