Courtney Paris' Rookie Diary
It's been a big week. We started training camp, took our first road trip, and have played our first WNBA game (ok, it was an exhibition). And slowly, I'm learning how different life is going to be in the pros than it was at Oklahoma. After I was drafted by the Monarchs, my first conversation with coach
It's hard not be frustrated while trying to learn a new system, gain chemistry with players I barely know, while being competitive and doing everything that have made me the player that I am. But at this level, some of my old ways don't work anymore. For example, while using my size to push people off the block has given me success in the past, here our defense doesn't rely on my size and strength. Instead, we front players and rely on help on the baseline drive -- it's a much more team-oriented defense.
One thing that has made the transition easier is the veterans, especially
It also helps to have other rookies going through this journey with me,
As rookies, it's also easy to bond over the annoying parts of being the youngest on the team. While the veterans normally treat us well, there are still "rookie duties" that include collecting all the bags off the carousel at the airport and keeping track of the tags. When the veterans went out to dinner with an old teammate, it was up to us to make sure their bags made it to their rooms.
My life off the court has also changed a lot. I haven't seen my sister,
In the end, I know that this preseason whirl is leading up to what's going to be a great rookie season. Right now, we've barely learned our sets. I think my role on the team for now is to rebound everything -- the rest will come eventually. And in time, I think our team will be good -- once we all get used to each other.
That's it for now. I'll check back in soon!