Thinking this was not my in my vision..
I’ve always had a vision for my basketball career as I’m sure many players have had. Needless to say being released from a team and not retiring on my own was never in that vision. I’ve seen the research and I know at least 70% of professional athletes are forced into retirement. Still that was not the vision God placed in my heart.
My former mentor and the first coach to teach me the game, Coach Kay Yow (RIP) told me basketball wasn’t just about me but the people you impact by playing the game. My Dad would always tell me before each game remember someone has never seen you play before so you need to introduce your talent to them tonight in a positive light whether you win or lose.
Since my time away from the league I’ve been so hard on myself questioning did I do enough. Is the positive legacy that I envisioned for my career in tact. I have been training for a comeback and I have found out quickly that some things are out of my control. I felt that by getting back in the league I could make sure I ended on a more positive note with myself and the fans.
Yesterday the Mystic’s celebrated their 15th season by acknowledging five of the best Mystic players to play the game. My Mom thought it would be a good idea for me to go back to DC for the game. Now you know I love this game but at the same time it just wasn’t a very positive situation when I left in 2011. All those enduring questions came back. I was enjoying my summer I didn’t want to revisit the past especially if I wasn’t playing.
Then I was reading my twitter timeline and read a tweet from Bishop Bronner “A journey back can often lead you forward. Take time to reflect! I called my mom that morning and decided to go. My journey back turned out to be just what I needed and as always God’s timing was perfect. I was able to engage with the fans and I was truly humbled by what some of the fans said to me about how I impacted their lives.
I heart this guy so glad to reconnect.
At the fan event after the game I was a taken back when one of my biggest smallest fans came up to me and gave me a huge hug. This is a true story when I say this kid has been on my mind since I left DC. Every player relates to one or more fans and this kid and I had a bond. We hugged before and after every game and I would always give him my bracelet or shoe or towel or something. So it was so nice to reconnect with him and I’m truly humbled by the encounter.
My dad always says Chasity don’t get caught up in the wins and losses but if your talent allows you to reach just one, you’re doing your job. You’re using your God given ability to impact others.I took a journey back like that tweet said and I already feel like it’s leading me forward…
(P.S. Special Thanks to Abi Olajuown for the pep talk..your awesome!)
I have a saying I love this Game I play this Game I talk this Game! The first time I picked up a basketball at age 11 I’ve loved this game. I’ve played the game 13 years overseas 11 years in the WNBA. I’ve talked the Game 0 years.
I’ve recorded my own personal interviews and worked with Mouth Piece Sports and you can easily see I had no experience with the Broadcasting Basics. Thanks to the NBPA and the WNBPA I was afforded an opportunity to take part in the SportsCaster U program at Syracuse Newhouse Broadcasting Facilities
During the program I experienced a radio and studio broadcast covering the NBA playoffs. This past week instead of watching NBA games for fun it became homework. I paid attention to the different styles broadcasters, analyst and side-line reporters used throughout the games. I never imagined how much fun homework could be.
Interviewed by Robin Roberts 1998 Final Four
In college I majored in Mass Communications and my goal was to be the next Robin Roberts. She was my idol off the basketball court as a kid. Robin made the job look easy but I learned last week a lot of hard work goes into making it look easy.
As I’m closing in on my last few years playing I’ve wondered if this broadcasting world could offer me the challenge and the competitiveness that I would sorely miss. During my class I was able to nail one of my segments on the 1st Take and the feeling I got was similar to that feeling of hitting a last sec shot. Right then and there I realized this is something I could do.
For those of you who follow me you know I Love This Game and with some more experience, more reps in the studio I think I maybe sooner or later I will be saying I Love To Talk This Game!
Hey everyone, it’s been along time I shouldn’t have left you without a blog to read through. Well I’m back! I had a great five or six months off away from the game. I learned some new things about myself, gained some friends, lost some friends. It’s a new season for me a new chapter in my Life. I learned some hard lessons about this game I love but I also learned that I was right where I needed to be at this point in my life. I knew I wasn’t done with this game called Basketball, but you know what they say too much of anything is bad for you. So the break I had away from it was good for me. My bubble got burst and I turned a negative into a positive and its all Good!!!
So anyways I’m back at it again playing this game I love. I’m currently playing for Tarsus Bid in Tarsus Turkey. I played for Botas Spor in Adana two seasons ago so being here in Tarsus is like DejaVu all over again.
The competiton is deep over here in Turkey with every team having at least four or five Americans. My team is getting better each week and I’m getting my timing and rhythm back slowly but surely. So I’m balling over here enjoying where I am on the way to were I’m going. Stay tuned for more blogs about basketball and life overseas..
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