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Thursday, September 15, 2011
Kara Lawson's letter to her long-lost love

By Kara Lawson

Dear WNBA playoffs,

I've missed you so much. We spent so much time together early in my career. Six years to be exact. We've had some good times and we've had some bad. Remember in 2005, when we spent eight games together? We went to Los Angeles together, we went to Houston together and we even traveled all the way to Connecticut together. What a glorious year that was. The confetti fell, the arena exploded with excitement and we cried tears of happiness. You made me and my team fight but we took that shiny silver trophy home. Our relationship was so strong and we were so happy together.

Then, in 2006, we appeared to be heading down that same road. Again, we went to Houston and we went to Los Angeles. This time, though, we finished in Detroit. I remember things went so beautifully at our first game at The Palace at Auburn Hills. I even set a WNBA Finals record by hitting six 3s in that game. We were on fire. It was amazing. Then something changed. You started acting a little different. We were ahead in Game 2 when Detroit suddenly came back and got the win. I thought we had reconciled our differences when we went back to Sacramento. We got a huge win and the town was ready to celebrate. Game 4 was in two days, we were in Arco Arena and it was going to be just like the previous year: explosions, confetti and tears of happiness. But you denied us. The Shock destroyed us. We never had a chance. We boarded the plane, headed to Detroit and left the confetti in Sacramento. The first Game 5 in WNBA Finals history. It wasn't meant to be. You left me for someone else.

Since then, it's never been the same. We've never been the same. Sure we flirted a bit in 2007 and 2008 but you didn't want me. You wanted someone else. You wanted Diana Taurasi. You even left her and went back to Detroit.

Then, in 2009, you left me completely. You didn't even give me a chance to show my love for you. I was heartbroken.

But here we are, back together in 2011. I'm willing to forgive you for the time you spent with Phoenix and Seattle. I'll welcome you back with open arms. I have a new team that is ready to fight. Ready to feel the confetti fall, ready to hear the Casino explode and ready to wipe away those tears of happiness. Yolanda Griffith isn't with me anymore but Tina Charles is. Ticha Penicheiro is in LA, but I have Renee Montgomery. We have the pieces to win your heart. No flirting this time, though. I'm looking for a long-term relationship. I promise you, starting Friday, I'm going to do everything I can to win back your heart.