As usual, vote for your favorites:
(1) Dirk Nowitzki: The search for freedom continued this past week to the tune of 29 ppg and 10 rpg. His stellar play again begs the question: When will Dirk come out of the closet? Dirk, the Dudes applaud your play, but they would unabashedly applaud your character if you announce your sexuality. You have to admire the Mavericks. With their full complement of parts, they do play some inspiring basketball behind the Little General. It's almost enough to scare me. But alas, I know not to get too wired up about a loss to the Celtics without McGrady AND Yao.
(2) The Journey seniors: Lindsey Harding & Alison Bales capped off their careers in style with a perfect regular season in their senior year by beating UNC at home in a sometimes ugly win. Alison has made many strides since arriving on campus as a timid freshman just four years ago. What more can we say about Lindsey Harding? Although she was suspended for yet-to-be-disclosed reason for AN ENTIRE YEAR, Lindsey stuck with the program and has somehow emerged as a cult national player of the year pick in her senior season over Candace Parker. Quite a journey indeed for these two.
(3) Daisuke Matsusaka: I'm not quite sure what Matsusaka did this past week; but he was on Sportscenter for 10 minutes EVERY SINGLE DAY. So I figured he must have done something in camp to warrant all the attention and, of course, an athlete of the week nomination. Morgan, could you fill DudeSpin in on Dice-K's exploits in camp, I unfortunately tuned out during the my dose of the Daily Dice-K.
My vote goes to the Journey seniors