The WNBA: Yes, It Still Exists
Posted Sep 27, 2011 @ 10:34 AM
Also note that at the beginning of the video before the whole sequence goes down, one of the guys disrespects Cappie by saying "all by yourself", which is what you say when someone is going downcourt for an uncontested layup, so they know not to freak out and worry about a defender coming up from behind.
Cappie's got handles. To top it off, her shoes are fire.
Posted Sep 28, 2011 @ 12:34 AM
Cappie is a force. With all of my favorites out of the finals, I'm rooting for Minny. Anything to wipe that smirk off of McCoughtry's face. Go, Lynx!
Posted Oct 5, 2011 @ 10:15 PM
I have to admit seeing the records just looks weird basketball wise. I wonder what the ratings were for Sunday's game, and what they will be for tonight's game.
Posted May 5, 2012 @ 9:21 PM
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Posted Jun 8, 2012 @ 8:37 AM
My Storm are off to a rocky start. Sigh.
I'll add my sigh, also, SophiaD.
Hard to believe that this is the same franchise that won the WNBA championship in 2010, going 28-6 through the regular season and a perfect 7-0 in the playoffs. I knew it would be rough losing Swin Cash (via trade) and Lauren Jackson through the first half of the season (because of the Summer Olympics), but a 1-5 start is just riduculous.
The season got off to a horrific start with the home opener vs. the Los Angeles Sparks. Storm go out to an 11-0 lead, in the second quarter up by as many as 16 points, and then blow it in the fourth quarter with multiple turnovers. That finish was a disgrace.
Although, to be fair, the schedule maker hasn't done us any favors. We've already had to play Minnesota (defending champs) twice, both on the road, and Los Angeles three times. I would have preferred to play the Sparks during the second half of the season, when Candace Parker is out with injury (which she almost always is every season). Why couldn't we be playing Phoenix Mercury multiple times while Diana Taurasi is out.
Hoping things get better soon.
Posted Sep 26, 2012 @ 5:56 PM
WNBA playoffs start tomorrow! Anybody watching? Anybody care? No? I think this has been a down year in the league. I don't see the commercials like I did before, and the excitement seems to be minimal. Next year with Griner, maybe it'll be a different story.
Posted Sep 27, 2012 @ 10:44 AM
A few years back, when Lauren Jackson was a free agent, they tried to convince LJ to leave the Seattle Storm and sign with the Phoenix Mercury. Now there's an opportunity for the Mercury to select a younger version of LJ.
Delle Donne totally fits the Mercury system. Griner does not. I say the Chicago Sky get Britney with the #2 pick, since Sylvia Fowles is always injured.
Posted Sep 27, 2012 @ 11:49 AM
Posted Sep 27, 2012 @ 2:34 PM
I should modify my original response to say that Britney could probably work in the Phoenix Mercury uptempo run-and-gun style, but that Elena would fit in much easier. She's listed as a guard/forward/center, just as Candace Parker is. I've seen her pull down the defensive rebound, bring the ball up the court, set up the play to a teammate, and/or get it back, and pull up for a three-point shot. I can easily see her fitting in with Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor, etc. so much easier that Griner.
I see a lot of similarities between Delle Donne and Lauren Jackson, so she would be my choice if I were Phoenix.
But it's all up to Corey Gaines, and who ultimately he decides to go with. I guess you can't go wrong either way.
Posted Oct 4, 2012 @ 12:52 PM
Oh man, I hope that happens. That would be like Portland passing up Michael Jordan and letting Chicago get him because MJ didn't fit since they already had Clyde Drexler. The fans and the media will go apeshit if that happens.
I will be very surprised if Phoenix doesn't use the #1 selection on Elena Delle Donne...Delle Donne totally fits the Mercury system. Griner does not. I say the Chicago Sky get Britney with the #2 pick
Posted Oct 9, 2012 @ 10:35 AM
That would be like Portland passing up Michael Jordan and letting Chicago get him because MJ didn't fit since they already had Clyde Drexler.
Was it Sam Bowie that Portland drafted instead of Jordan? I'll admit that I don't follow the NBA as close as the WNBA, but if my memory is correct...I agree that is one of the biggest bonehead moves ever in the NBA draft. Jordan is arguably the greatest NBA player ever, or certainly in the conversation. Drexler was good, bordering on great, but certainly not in MJ's class.
The Trailblazers seem to have a lot of bad draft choices, or those that didn't work out.
However, I have two problems with your analogy. One, assuming the Phoenix Mercury don't draft Griner, it's not like they are passing up on the WNBA's equivalent of Michael Jordan. That's because they already have the WNBA's equivalent of Jordan (Diana Taurasi)...they also have the WNBA's equivalent of Pippen, in the form of Penny Taylor.
Even if one goes under the premise that Britney Griner is the better player than Elena Delle Donne (I don't, by the way, I prefer Elena's overall game), there isn't that much difference between the two in terms of quality. Phoenix won't go wrong if they pick either. And it's not like it's a choice between somebody like Michael Jordan vs. Sam Bowie. It's more like (to borrow a comparison from another sport) having to choose between Andrew Luck and Robert Griffith III.
That's my two cents.
Posted Oct 9, 2012 @ 12:39 PM
And when MJ came out he was very good but not the great player he was as a pro and a number of people believed Bowie was better at that time.
Time will tell how it all works out, I'm guessing if Phoenix does pass on Griner they better get a boatload for her like the Rams did by giving up the #2 pick so Washington could take RGIII or they're going to killed in the media.
Posted Oct 9, 2012 @ 3:17 PM
I also suppose it remains to be seen how Griner performs when she isn't just taller than the other players. She certainly seems to have the ability to adapt, and her dunking abilities are hitting levels never before seen in women's basketball.
I only barely pay attention to them via SportsCenter highlights and that usually doesn't happen until they're already in the WNBA.
How I hate ESPN for this, and sports media in general. Women's basketball gets so little respect outside of UCONN it is sad. The Sportscenter coverage of the WNBA is minimal (I'd be shocked if there has been more than 10 hours of sportscenter coverage this entire year), and if you go to sports websites, the WNBA option is buried with lacrosse and cricket or something, and there are often games that are final that have little to no information about them.
I hate it. I honestly don't know how the league is supposed to continue to exist when the Worldwide Leader treats it so poorly with regard to sportscenter. One of the series-deciding playoff games last week was stuck on NBATV. And it isn't uncommon to see high school boys playing sports on ESPN more than you can see grown women. I feel like nobody cares though. ESPN is so deep into the NBA and NFL that you can watch analysis so thorough that it is down to replaying almost every play (over time) from NFL games, and reporting on everything NBA stars are doing. I know we love our young men playing sports, but it is past time to get some balance going on ESPN. It is actually ranging into overkill on the mens side.
Posted Oct 10, 2012 @ 2:41 AM
The NBA subsidizes it, so as long as Stern and whomever follows him as commish thinks it's in their best interest to continue to subsidize the WNBA it'll be fine.
I honestly don't know how the league is supposed to continue to exist when the Worldwide Leader treats it so poorly with regard to sportscenter
Posted Oct 16, 2012 @ 3:19 PM
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Posted Oct 24, 2012 @ 9:47 PM
Brilliant though Lauren Jackson* is (and I'm a Storm season ticket holder!), I think Griner has the potential to be even more of a game-changer, IF she lives up to her potential, adjusts to a more physical game and IF she stays healthy. Erlana Larkins just showed everyone that you don't have to be enormously tall to be a dominant post, you just have to be strong - and I spent the season frustrated, watching shorter, less talented posts push Ann Wauters around. Camille Little is another example of an undersized post who gets the job done beautifully.
(*there will never be another Lauren, though, no matter what Griner does. Watching her and Sue Bird play together all of these years has been amazing).
Posted Oct 26, 2012 @ 11:42 AM
Posted Mar 4, 2013 @ 10:53 PM
Maybe some of the attendees will be local ESPN staff members who can lobby the people in Bristol. Because it starts there, to me.
Posted Mar 5, 2013 @ 11:56 AM
IMO the best way to convince people women can ball is to have an all WNBA team versus an all NBA team during the all star weekend.
Posted Mar 5, 2013 @ 12:54 PM
Posted Mar 5, 2013 @ 2:20 PM
I disagree, I'm reminded of the match between Billie Jean King and Johnny Riggs. That was a little before my time but as I understand it that match was HUGE in helping to change people's perceptions of women's athletic ability. Even if the WNBA team doesn't win I think if they made a game of it, people would still recognize their athletic skills. And the bottom line is something has to be done because what they're doing now hasn't been working.
NBA players embarrass other NBA players on a regular basis. But if that happened in a game like that, instead of attributing it to being greatness by one party, people would attribute it to gender.
Maybe once Sylar Diggins gets into the WNBA that will help some since people who wouldn't normally watch would watch because of her and her connection to Lil' Wayne.
Edited by bulldawgtownie, Mar 5, 2013 @ 2:48 PM.
Posted Mar 5, 2013 @ 2:38 PM
Sportscenter had a clip today of Dwyane Wade talking about being guarded by Luke Ridenour in last night's game. Wade said he respects everybody in the league, but when he saw he had Luke on him, he knew he had to (take advantage). They said wade was something like 6'4 and however many pounds, and Luke is 6'2, and 20 or 30 pounds lighter. And I watched that game and Luke was no match once Wade got the ball and got over his case of the oopsies whereby he was dropping the ball all over the place. Wade had something like 32 points, and had 7 assists alone in the first half (= he could see around his defender easily). I don't think a WNBA/NBA game would end well.
Posted Mar 5, 2013 @ 2:47 PM
Bwah! It's nothing bad, mostly he boosted her rep by giving her a shout-out on twitter because he has/had a crush on her.
I'm scared to know what Skylar's connection to Lil Wayne is
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