My nominees for unusual postseason awards

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Sue Bird gives teammate Tanisha Wright, center, a high-five and an award for "best shower singer."

With all of the hype around the 2012 WNBA postseason awards, I began thinking of what awards might be missing from the list. My teammates are very talented on the court, but off-court they can be just as impressive.

Tanisha Wright has been in the WNBA for seven years. She is a Penn State alumna and a great guard for the Storm. On the court, she is a phenomenal teammate and a true leader, but that’s not all she can do. I would like to nominate her as the league’s “best shower singer” for her renditions of Adele last season in locker rooms and hotel bathrooms across the country.

But what is a good rock session without a good dancer? This brings me to two other talented teammates of mine. Alysha Clark is a rookie out of Middle Tennessee State and a two-time Sun Belt Conference player of the year, but don’t let that young face fool you. Alysha learned more than jump shots and academics in college, including how to bust a move. She has some competition, though, because North Carolina’s finest -- Camille Little -- knows a little something about the dance floor as well, and she’s been in the league for five years. I would like to nominate Alysha and Camille as the league’s “Co-Best Celebratory Dancers,” for all those times they pumped us up before games -- and after.

Even with my amazing teammates there to psych all of us up for games, there are a few things you can do on your own to prepare. For me, most of them include Jay-Z. As every athlete knows, a killer playlist is key to pregame rituals. Other classics in my rotation include “Wobble” by V.I.C., some Citizen Cope, Notorious B.I.G., maybe a little Dixie Chicks and what playlist could be complete without Justin Bieber? A combination of my Russian heritage and my playing overseas also adds some international music to my iPod, though I’m sure I get the lyrics and artists’ names as mixed-up as a first-timer on stage to perform karaoke.

With my nominations and playlist secrets now exposed, I would like to leave you with one final thought. It is only appropriate for it to come from Jay, right?

“Only thing that’s on my mind is who’s gonna run this town tonight.”

PLAYOFFS BABY, LET’S GO STORM!