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Meet the women of SB Nation’s NBA team brands: An introduction

Welcome to a week-long series celebrating the women covering NBA teams for SB Nation’s team brands.

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Another NBA season has come and gone, and SB Nation has been there for every minute of it — providing daily content for all 30 teams. SB Nation has a roster of its own, made up of site managers, editors, writers, contributors, social media managers and more. One of the unique aspects of SB Nation is the platform it provides for fan expression.

A very large and ever-growing portion of those fans, enthusiasts, and experts are women. This team of dedicated and passionate ladies are an integral part of this vast operation that is dedicated to bringing you unique, clever, and informative content. In honor of another successful season, we wanted to show some extra love to the women who contribute to these NBA team sites.

In this week-long series, we will hear from some of the roster, spanning across the Eastern and Western conferences. They will share their stories of falling in love with basketball, the people who have inspired them in the industry, their SB Nation experience, advice, and more. As we share our own stories, insights, and inspirations, we invite you to join in this series, too. Hopefully, by shedding light on this growing group of amazing women, we will inspire more people to join the community and the conversation. Every voice has value, and embracing and encouraging inclusion ensures each voice is heard.

Now, meet some of the ladies who are part of the SB Nation NBA team:

Rachael Q, social media and contributor to Brew Hoop: Rachael is basketball and video game junkie living her lifelong dream of living next to an NBA arena in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She went to college at the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications. When not watching basketball or spending hours on her PS4, she enjoys spending time with her 10-year-old cat, Precious, and her 2-year-old betta fish, Timmy.

(Ed. note: Many thanks to Rachael for coming up with this idea and taking the time to coordinate this entire project.)

Rebecca L., editor-in-chief for Mavs Moneyball: Rebecca Lawson is the Editor-in-Chief of Mavs Moneyball and a lifelong Texas sports fan. She was raised in Southern California by Texan parents, and fortunately has a decent memory of the Cowboys’ glory days. Rebecca joined Mavs Moneyball in 2012 and became editor-in-chief in 2017, covering the Mavericks for two seasons based in Dallas and now attending games as she can when they play in Los Angeles. Rebecca is an attorney by day and lives in San Diego with her husband, daughter, dog and cat. When she’s not working or blogging, she enjoys music, the beach, good food and craft beer. You can find her on Twitter @beccaaftersix.

Bailey G., editor and writer for Mavs Moneyball: I’m a queer trans woman living in downtown Dallas with my two dogs. During the day, I’m a lawyer, and by night, I’m a rabid television fan. In my free time, I contribute to Mavs Moneyball’s coverage of the Dallas Mavericks in both a writing and editing capacity. I’m probably most known for covering anything uniform, logo, and color scheme-related about the Mavs.

Sarah D., writer at Welcome to Loud City: Sarah eats, breathes and sleeps sports. She’s been covering the Oklahoma City Thunder for SB Nation for the past six years. She is also a sports reporter for TV station KJRH, where she does feature stories on Oklahoma athletes. When she’s not working, you can catch her at home cuddling up on the couch with her two pit bull fur babies, watching all things sports! She also enjoys traveling, hosting parties (Halloween is her fav holiday) and she’s always on the search for the best fried okra on the planet. You can find her on Twitter: @mz_espn and Instagram: @missespn.

Ashley D., writer at Denver Stiffs: Ashley fell in love with basketball as a child watching Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics with her dad. He taught her all about the game, and it’s a connection they continue to share. Later on, Ashley became re-engaged with the NBA world when she began writing for the Denver Stiffs, Shaw Sports, and contributing with Gil Whiteley & Mark Jackson’s show on Mile High Sports Radio. Full time, Ashley is a Division Manager of a Colorado-based construction company, and she loves her home state. She loves hiking, fishing, snowboarding, golfing, and other fun things that the incredible Colorado outdoors has to offer. You can find her on Twitter: @AshleyNBAHoops, and Instagram: @ashleydouglasco.

Kayla O., writer at Denver Stiffs: I was born and raised in Lakewood, Colorado. I am 25 years old and have an identical twin sister named Alexa. We are as close as two siblings can be, although we fight constantly (just ask my parents). My mom is the principal of Tennyson Center for Children, a school for children who have endured trauma and abuse, and my dad is the Assistant General Manager of Casa Bonita. Although my sister and I are extremely close, I think we’ve always tried to have as many differences as possible, and that I’m sure was a huge reason why I became such a big Denver Nuggets fan. I started watching the team in 2003 and haven’t stopped since. At 16 years old, I started my first job at the world’s famous Casa Bonita, alongside my dad, sister, and best friend. I worked there for 6 years as a server and hostess and it was full of wonderful memories that I know I will never forget -- it is the world’s most exciting restaurant, after all. I graduated from Colorado State University in 2015 with a degree in Literature and Creative Writing. I started writing for the Denver Stiffs at the beginning of the 2015-2016 season and started a weekly short article titled “Denver Nuggets Tweet of the Week,” where I pick one tweet from a Denver Nugget to highlight. I am currently a paralegal at a law firm downtown, where I get to work alongside my sister once again. That’s me in a nutshell -- just your average, obsessive Nuggets fan! My twitter handle is @nuggetchica.

Grace B., writer at Grizzly Bear Blues: I started writing when I was around 10 years old. I wrote short stories for fun, and I played basketball for almost 10 years. Around the age of 16, I combined my passions for writing and basketball when I started writing for SB Nation’s Grizzly Bear Blues. From that moment on, I worked my way up the ladder to a senior staff writer position. In the summer of 2016, I was hired as the blog’s gameday editor. I covered the Memphis Grizzlies for a full year as a media member. This included me attending games and events, as well as interviewing players in locker rooms and attending press conferences. I wrote recaps for the games, as well as feature pieces and game previews. When I was at the games, I also ran the blog’s Twitter account. In October 2017, I resigned from that position but continue to be a senior staff writer for the site. Besides Grizzly Bear Blues, I have been a guest on a local radio show called “The Mancave.” I’ve been a guest on Grizzly Bear Blues’ live show as well. I’ve co-hosted a Facebook Live discussion during a Memphis Grizzlies playoff game for GBB, and I’ve been the site’s Vine coordinator as well, during which I accumulated over 60,000 views on highlights I posted. I plan to graduate from the University of Memphis in 2020 with my bachelor of arts in journalism. I just launched my own personal writing/photography blog, “Words of Grace.” I’ll be interning for Southern Bride this summer and working two other jobs before the fall semester begins in August. Ultimately, my goal is to become a magazine editor. You can follow my Twitter(s): @GraceBaker901, @words_grace (blog Twitter) and Instagram: @words_of_grace_b.

Jannelle M., writer at Golden State of Mind: I am a contributing writer for Golden State of Mind. I write opinion pieces and help out with Warrior Wonder. In addition to Golden State of Mind, my work is also featured on Blue Man Hoop and Real Ball Insiders. I live and work in western North Carolina.

Marilyn D., writer at Pounding the Rock: I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and still live there to this day (despite my extreme antipathy toward hot weather). I went to Texas A&M University and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Spatial Science. In the real world I’m a GIS analyst for an energy company, where I do a lot of data correlation and mapping. I have always been a huge San Antonio Spurs fan, and I also enjoy watching college football and the US soccer teams, both men and women. I’ve been following SB Nation since 2012 and started writing about the Spurs for Pounding the Rock at the start of the 2016-17 season, where I’m pretty much a jack-of-all-trades. I do game recaps, both of the “quick post immediately after the game is over” variety (Final Scores, as they’re known at PtR) and the more in-depth analysis that comes a few hours later. I also provide breaking news or general daytime posts when something notable comes up (a lot of that has been the Kawhi Leonard drama this season), as well as some of my own basketball analysis, and every now then I’ll do a game preview or just something random that pops into my head.

Renee R., writer at Pounding the Rock: I am a longtime fanatical fan of the San Antonio Spurs who lives in deep South Texas (Harlingen, along the border). I love most sports, but basketball and football are my favorites. I have a Master’s degree in US history and some Ph.D. work in US history with an emphasis in Environmental, Native American and Latin American history from the University of Montana. I am a lecturer (bottom rung of the totem pole at a university) at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley where I teach freshman history survey classes totaling 250 students a semester. At the moment, my only hobbies are writing and editing for Pounding the Rock and watching the Spurs play. I have a freelance editing website, but haven’t had the time to do much promoting for it, so it’s pretty dormant. I try to spend most of my summers in Montana to escape the Texas heat.

Tara B., writer at Blazer’s Edge: This is Tara’s third season writing and podcasting for Blazer’s Edge. She writes features and news and co-hosts the weekly podcast with Danny Marang. She loves acting as a moderator for Danny and other analysts, helping translate complex basketball ideas into accessible concepts that everyone can understand and discuss around the watercooler (and on Twitter). In 2016 she founded a monthly Women’s Hoops And Talks (WHAT) meetup for those who identify as female Blazers fans and their supporters. She also co-hosts a twice-monthly WHAT podcast which she started to elevate the voice of women in basketball. You can follow her on Twitter: @tcbbiggs, her WHAT Pod Twitter: @HoopsAndTalks, and her WHAT Facebook Group.

Marissa B., moderator and writer at Blazer’s Edge: I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, although I have been in Las Vegas for the last three years with my husband and our five-year-old son. In my former life, I was a high school math teacher, but these days I fill my days with preschool fun in between listening to podcasts and perusing the internet for fun sports stories. I really enjoy being active and taking advantage of all the sun we have here in Vegas -- I feel like I’m having to make up for all the time lost spent in Oregon. :) You can follow her on Twitter at @mrsbro17.

Caitlin C., deputy manager, editor and writer for Indy Cornrows: My name is Caitlin Cooper, and I had the privilege of growing up the daughter of a coach in the home of Hoosiers Hysteria. Blessed with a father who welcomed my every pestering question about X’s and O’s, my dad instilled in me a love for the game -- especially when it was played by the Indiana Pacers. During those years, the living room was like our classroom and the NBA was our much-beloved teacher. Now, over a decade later, I am the deputy manager at Indy Cornrows, where my upbringing along with my acquired taste for analytical writing have converged. When not glued to League Pass, I enjoy reading the likes of Steinbeck, Hugo, Conan Doyle, and Dostoevsky as well as historical biographies or binge watching a random collection of pop culture including Sherlock, Chopped, and Gilmore Girls. You can follow her on Twitter: @C2_Cooper.

China P., writer at Posting and Toasting: China Parmalee may not believe in the order of the universe, yet she loves the sticky little leaves as they open in spring, loves the blue sky, and loves the Knicks, sometimes without knowing why. You can find her on Twitter at @chiniqua.

Kelsea O., editor and writer at Raptors HQ: I’m 27, from Ontario, Canada. I have three children. Damon, who is almost 9. Violet, who just turned 4, and Kawhi, who is almost a year and a half (yes his name is Kawhi and yes I am still a Raptors fan!) I got into writing for Raptors HQ by challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone. I emailed Dan Reynolds, and to be honest I didn’t think he would even respond. Alas, here I am! My favourite Raptors are Delon Wright and Lucas Nogueira. I have four brothers so my life was pretty much spent at hockey arenas across Ontario, but no basketball arenas, ironically, and I played soccer for about 10 years. I love hip hop, Martha Stewart, candy, Halloween, cooking (see, eating), baking, naps, Jordan 1’s, a good lobster roll, men’s clothes, and RuPaul’s Drag Race. You can find her on Twitter, @kelsea_lately.

Romy N., writer at Celtics Blog: Romy is a contrarian at heart, shunning her hometown Ottawa Senators, and instead, growing up on a steady diet of Celtics basketball. She started writing about basketball upon her friends’ insistence to “quit talking about it”. She’s a bit of a throwback off the court, preferring to set screens and bang bodies. And she’s still haunted by the fact that she once sold her 2008 NBA Finals Game 6 tickets, waiting patiently for the Celtics to win it all again so she can exorcise her demons. You can find her on Twitter, @romy_nehme.

Shirley C., contributor at Celtics Blog: Shirley has been a Celtics fan since 1969 when that team just defied all the people who were calling them too old and too injured and were basically crowning the Lakers champs before the season even played out. Back then there was no League Pass but thankfully, CBS Sports featured them often on broadcast TV and she got to watch them quite a bit. That team had so much heart and grit and she fell in love with Celtics basketball and have loved them ever since. She is a retired math teacher and has 5 adult children and 2 grandchildren. When not caring for family she is gathering Celtics links to post on CelticsBlog or writing game threads. Shirley lives and breathes Celtics basketball. You can find her on Twitter, @FLCeltsFan.

Michelle U., writer at Clips Nation: Michelle is a former player, current coach and life long basketball fanatic who has been covering Clippers basketball since 2016. A New York native living in Los Angeles, Michelle has two kids, a super mean cat, and an unhealthy addiction to Thai food. When not obsessing over basketball (or Stanford Football), Michelle is busy managing a civil rights law practice. Among the people she has been involved with suing? Ironically, Donald Sterling. You can find her on Twitter, @MichelleLA_NN.

Courtney “Courtneyna” M., Deputy Editor at Bright Side of the Sun: Courtneyna has been editing and writing for Bright Side since August 2017 and specializes in writing her “Little Miss Brightside” column which focuses on the positive and productive outcome of the current event. (Even when it’s not so positive.) Her favorite event to be involved in is the annual Bright Side Night fundraiser which helps purchase tickets for under privileged children to see their first professional NBA basketball game.

Courtneyna became involved with editing professionally as an executive assistant where she drafted and edited professional letters. She was formerly a professional ballerina and ballroom dancer, who grew up playing alto saxophone in Pep Band at all the basketball games. Being raised in a basketball family, with her father as her coach, taught her a strong love and appreciation for the game.