Margo Dydek 1974 – 2011

•May 27, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Desert News

When Margo Dydek was drafted first overall by the Utah Stazz in the 1998 WNBA Draft, I was living in Salt Lake City. As a result, I spent the next four summers rooting for her and watching her game develop.

At 7’1″, she was monster in the paint, sometimes a foot taller than her opponents. Since the WNBA allowed for zone defenses, she owned the paint, forcing her opponents to depend on their perimeter shooting well before anyone dared to drive on her inside.

Still, if given the choice, she loved to shoot the ball, usually stepping out to the three point line and nailing it.

She was loved in Salt Lake City. She was a media darling and a role model for her fans.

The Utah Starzz never amounted to much in the WNBA. Their best season was 2002. They finished 3rd in the West but battled to the Conference Final before losing to Los Angeles.

The Starzz were relocated to San Antonio the following year, and Dydek continued on until 2008, retiring as a Los Angeles Spark. When everything was said and done, Dydek led the WNBA in blocks and blocks/game in 8+ seasons, led the league in defensive rebounds in 2001 and owns the record for most blocks in a career (877 blocks in 323 games, or 2.71 a game).

On May 11th, pregnant with her third child, Dydek suffered a heart attack and was placed in a medically induced coma. She never regained consciousness, passing away yesterday. Her child also died.

Here are some links if you’d like to learn more about her:

  • NPR provides a look at Dydek’s life
  • ESPN illustrates Dydek’s on-court personality
  • The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) remembers her fondly

New iPhone App: 2011 Playoff Primer

•April 10, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Hey everyone, exciting news!

Kobe is the Smoke Monster has it’s first iPhone app, built thanks to Jason Losdgon. The 2011 Playoff Primer is for everyone who enjoys the game, but hasn’t stayed up to speed with the latest on this year’s Playoffs teams and who’s who on those teams. This guide will help you quickly learn the backstory on more than 50 of the players in the playoffs, along with notes on what to look for as you watch them play.

Check it out here, and if you like it, do me a favor and give it a positive review.



I’m Not Your Man Kobe…

•April 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Bryant stars in a Chinese rap video. Enjoy.

Root for the Underdog, Win Some Dog Food!

•April 3, 2011 • Leave a Comment

In honor of Butler’s rise to the National Championship game, Holistic Select is running a promotion for you to root for the underdog and win some free dog food. If Butler (and their mascot Blue II) wins on Monday night, they’ll give away coupons for a free six-pound bag of dog food or a three-pound bag of cat food. Check out this link for more information.

Final Four Live Blog on Busting Brackets

•April 2, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Come join some good old fashion Final Four fun on a live blog via Busting Brackets starting at 6pm ET.