Is Kia Nurse A Steal?

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  1. RockyMTblue2

    RockyMTblue2 Don't Look Up!

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    Nice article about our Kia.

    "After being selected 10th overall by the New York Liberty, many fans have already touted her the biggest steal of the 2018 Draft.

    “It’s nice to be considered [a steal],” said Nurse. “For me, the draft was just an opportunity and any way I was able to play, I was excited for that chance. Fortunately for me, I’ve been surrounded by this kind of professionalism for a long time. I consider myself to be playing well and transitioning well so if I’m a steal, I’m a steal – I’ll take that.”

    It's long as they set about educating WNBA fans about who Kia is.

    Liberty's Nurse Living Out Her Dream - WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA
     
  2. Shades

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    Feeling like a broken record here, but she fell into the perfect situation for with 3 vet guards out with injuries or illness. She was able to step up when given the opportunity. If the Sun would have drafted her, who knows how much we’d be hearing about her. The opportunity most likely wouldn’t have been there.
     
  3. oldude

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    Considering my post from June 4, I may need to sue the writer of the article for intellectual property theft. :cool:

     
  4. bballnut90

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    Agreed. Situation worked out well for her and she’s making the most of it. So far she’s proven a lot of people (including myself) wrong. The Liberty need Kia to maintain her play and get more contributions from others to be a winning team.
     
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  5. Shades

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    Prince is probable for today’s game. Let’s see how quickly she gets back into things.
     
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  6. baggerbob

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    She would be a great fit on Seattle, in place of Clark, good defender, and she is bigger, can hit shots which Clark has problems getting. Kia would be a better rebounder also, Clark plays almost 26 minutes gets about 3 rebounds per game.
     
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    She’d probably do fine there as well, but she wouldn’t standout as much nor would she be averaging 15ppg.
     
  8. dogged1

    dogged1 like a dog with a bone

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    All this love for my favorite player on last years team is just overwhelming. There are a lot of rookies that given this same chance would have totally blown the opportunity. Kia's got the mind of a pro and the heart of a champion. I hear she has a little talent too. :mad:

    Way to go Kia, a Husky forever. :)
     
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  9. Rsna

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    Kia plays 2 guard while Clark plays the 3
    They r both great defenders and good around the basket
     
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  10. todbo

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    So glad to see Kia (and Gabby!) showing that the WNBA is doable for young women with exceptional heart. Talent, too...
     
  11. RockyMTblue2

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    AND Uh ... 4 years of the UConn school of professionalism
     
  12. Bigboote

    Bigboote Lectroid feom Planet 10

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    Of course Kia is a steal. I'm still shaking my head that she went TENTH in the draft.

    In addition to being an amazing player, she's a great spokeswoman and will likely be the face of her team in the not-too-distant future. I really wish they weren't playing in the rinky-dink arena in what qualifies as the boonies in greater New York.
     
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    No attack but she did not average 15ppg at UConn and still managed to standout. ;)

    Have to agree Bigboote....Hard to believe those that supposedly follow the game under estimate her abilities proven throughout her career. Her going tenth had to be karma, she is a 10 in all facets of the game. Hard nosed player, teammate, leader with a passion for the game.
    As for where they play, you are right the team and her 10,000 watt smile belong in Madison Square Garden.....
    Kia Nurse - Wikipedia
     
  14. hugefan

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    She is not only a steal, she is a stealer
     
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    nah that would be Gabby
     
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    I wonder if Curt Miller with the CT Sun is thinking he should have taken Kia Nurse over Lexie Brown with that 1st round pick?
    Kia has had a much bigger impact with the Liberty than Lexie has had with the Sun!
    But circumstances may have been different to give the rookies their shot!
     
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  17. Lynx23

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    Unfortunately for Kia, with Prince, Boyd, and Rodgers back in the mix she will likely see less playing time. She'll need to make the most of any opportunity she gets. I thought that in a few earlier games at least, the Liberty did a pretty good job of passing the ball around the perimeter and looking for the best shot a la UCONN. However, the shooters are back in the mix. more shots are being chucked up, and the chemistry isn't quite there. Katie Smith will have to figure out how to best utilize the talent she has to work with. In the meantime, Kia's defensive prowess may keep her in the games longer than some other players. On another note, those of us who have been big Kia fans over the years know that her talent. communication skills, personality, and intelligence make her a very marketable commodity. And being totally honest, the fact that she's attractive will certainly help as well. The season is young yet and Kia has had a few rough games. However, she is only a rookie. It will we interesting to see how she progresses under the tutelage of Katie Smith this year and if, in doing so, she will bring more fans to the game. I was happy for her when the Liberty drafted her, thinking she would be playing at MSG. Westchester just doesn't have the same lure and I suspect the Liberty won't be long for that venue.
     
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  18. uconn34

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    Not for the SUN
     
  19. Shorty Dee

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    Kia landed where she has more than 1 Alumna to help her adapt to the WNBA.

    I would have loved to have her play with Phoenix Mercury. Her and Diana together, can you say dynamic duo. I also, would have loved to see Gabby play with the Mercury. Yes, I am a Phoenix Mercury fan :).
     
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    Tonight Kia got more minutes off the bench than any starter other than Tina for the 2nd straight game. The Liberty haven't played up to their talent level at all this year, though. Katie Smith has players - she better hurry up and figure it out or she'll be gone soon. (Oh yeah - I forgot. Dolan, Isaiah and the MSG bunch couldn't care less.)
     
  21. RockyMTblue2

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    A look back at the 19 year old FIBA MVP. Seems there are a few make her own shots in there. So, could it be Kia?

     
  22. RockyMTblue2

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    Kia talks the journey toward 2020. I'm sure many of us know what a rock start she is in Canada. I stumbled into it; I share.

     
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  23. RockyMTblue2

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    So Darnell called me all upset and to get him off my back:



    Notice the Penalty Minutes.
     
  24. willtalk

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    This reminds me of an earlier thread on the Boneyard about which player, Nurse of Gabby will be more successful in the WNBA. It should be interesting to revisit that subject after the end of the season. That said any player who gets drafted at the end of the draft who as productive as Kia, is definitely a steal. But due to her late start, we probably should wait on Vedeeva, to find out who the steal of the draft will turn out to be.
     
  25. shizam

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    Only watched UConn occasionally so didn’t understand all the noise about Kia. Yes, she looks like a steal. I knew she was smart but she’s quicker than I thought. Let’s see if she wears well and can seperate from the culture of mediocrity among the other guards including Hartley.
     
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