Anytime I get to write about both Serena Williams and Tiger Woods winning in the same column…I'm happy! That means today's Sports Notes might be more gleeful than usual. Congratulations are in order to both Woods and Williams for adding more trophies to their mantles and continuing to remind folks that Blacks can shine in sports where we are traditionally underrepresented.
Williams won her 50th title this week and remained the number 1 tennis player in the world, beating Maria Sharapova in straight sets and barely breaking a sweat in match that clocked in at about 1 hour and 15 minutes. If there was ever a debate about whether Serena Williams is the greatest women's tennis player ever, it should be settled with the way she has dominated her peers even as she has aged and fought through injury and serious illness.
Woods won the Player's Championship on Sunday after sinking one ball in the water and engaging in a snark fest with fellow competitor Sergio Garcia. On Saturday, Garcia said Woods intentionally distracted him by pulling his club out just before Garcia was to hit. For those who don't watch golf, that would be the equivalent of a loud cough as someone releases a bowling ball from their hands. Woods denied Garcia's claim, but it didn't matter anyway because Garcia pretty much choked away his opportunity to win on Sunday by sinking his last two holes.
In basketball news, the Golden State Warriors evened their playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs to 2-2. Led by their dynamic star Steph Curry and some outstanding coaching by Mark Jackson, GS is turning many folks into believers. I'm still not convinced they can pull out a series against the Spurs and it's not because the team itself is "young and inexperienced" as some analysts like to say. It's just that I don't think that GS has the level of talent the Spurs have and Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich is a more experienced coach than Jackson.
This playoffs, even more than recent years, has shown that coaching matters in the NBA more than ever. Coaching is the reason that the Oklahoma Thunder look so scattered against the Memphis Grizzlies—which was apparent in last night's game. Yes, the Thunder are missing one of the top players in the league in their point guard Russell Westbrook, but they're also missing offensive sets, in-game adjustments and effective rotations. That's not to take anything away from the mighty play of the Grizz, but coaching is the real reason that superstar Kevin Durant has the weight of the entire team on his shoulders. Alas, the Grizzlies are leading the series 3-1.
In other basketball news, the Bulls fell to the Miami Heat once again in a 88-65 game that found Chicago making history—and not in a good way. The injury riddled team hit a franchise low for both scoring and hitting shots in a playoff game. Nate Robinson bricked all 12 shots, becoming only the third player to miss 12 or more shots during the playoffs. On a lighter note, injured Heat star Dwyane Wade set the internet on fire with his polka dot/capri pants situation. Loooong way from the days of braids, chains and oversized jeans on the bench, ain't it?
By now you know that boxing divo Floyd Mayweather won his fight against Robert Guerrero. I happened to be on vacation in Las Vegas during the fight where there was a palpable sense of inevitability in the air that seemed to dim excitement for the fight. Everyone was confident Mayweather would come up with a win and clearly they were right. Guerrero was just no match for Mayweather's speed, force, and technical skill. When I returned, I read this interview with Mayweather and watched this one from his appearance on the Breakfast Club. I couldn't help but notice Mayweather seems more subdued than before even saying that he tells young boxers they don't need materialistic things to impress people. I've always been a big fan of Money May but I must say I'm digging this new flavor he's serving.
That wraps up this week's sports notes, did we miss anything?
Jessica Danielle is a professional speechwriter and blogger who covers sports with wit and ardor at PlayerPerspective.com.