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6deep
12-04-2009, 06:36 PM
5 reasons to believe a woman will play in the NBA


• David Stern thinks it will happen. On Tuesday in the conference room outside his NBA office in Manhattan, I asked the commissioner whether we'll see a woman playing in his league someday.

"Sure," he said matter-of-factly. "I think that's well within the range of probability."

He went on to explain his reasoning as well as jokingly ask that I seek out other opinions, so that he wouldn't appear to be pushing this most progressive and liberating pursuit down the throats of his players, coaches and executives. But he knows, I know and now you know there is a good chance it's going to happen, simply because the most important man in basketball has hereby declared it could and should happen.

The context is important, because this was not some kind of pet project that he leaked to me. Last month an SI editor asked me to come up with several thoughts on professional basketball for the next decade, and one of my predictions was that a woman will be playing in the NBA. Then I decided to ask Stern about it. Last week I requested a meeting with Stern and I made sure to mention that I would be asking him about the possibility of a woman playing in his league, because I didn't want to catch him off guard. You'll be able to see that he had thought about this, and that he fully realized the impact of what he was saying.

How else was he going to answer such a question? If he'd said no -- that there will be no women playing in the NBA -- then he might have been viewed as criticizing or diminishing the talent of his own WNBA. Therefore, some will respond to Stern's declaration by accusing him of cynically trying to prop up the women's league.

My own impression is that Stern was not seeking to take on the goal of signing a woman to play in the NBA. But now that he has answered the question, I am certain he will embrace the mission.

Stern's entire career demonstrates that his perspective and ambitions eclipse the needs of the WNBA. If a woman were to play in his league -- and play well -- it would have the liberating impact of Jackie Robinson's 1947 breakthrough of baseball's color barrier, but on a much greater scale. This would make news around the world. Thanks to Stern's stubborn success in feeding NBA video to every continent, women almost everywhere would have access to and be personally inspired by the pictures of a woman playing in the league of Michael Jordan and LeBron James. It would be an athletic achievement without precedent.

I asked if we might see a woman playing NBA basketball within a decade.

"I think we might," said Stern. "I don't want to get into all kinds of arguments with players and coaches about the likelihood. But I really think it's a good possibility."


Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/ian_thomsen/12/04/countdown/index.html#ixzz0YlJwdzTD


the other 4 reasons:


• It would be a huge story.

"The public would be excited about it," said New Jersey Nets general manager and interim coach Kiki Vandeweghe. "Whether you're in China or Europe or Africa, basketball is a common language and it breaks barriers. It's a language that's spoken all over the world, and this is another barrier that it would bring down. It's exciting, and it's a logical next step."


• Women's basketball continues to improve tremendously.
(Rod) Thorn emphasized that the terms of the debate will continue to change because women players keep improving. "I'm a fan of the WNBA -- I go to games, I watch games -- and the athletic ability of women basketball players has made such a jump up in the last five or six years it's unbelievable," said Thorn. "I don't think it's a complete leap of faith to say somewhere down the road someplace there may be somebody that's good enough to play.''


• NBA rules changes have opened the door.

"That was designed to create opportunities for skilled players," said Stern of the abolition of hand-checking. "So the question becomes: When the woman comes with the high skill set, will she be able to play? And I think the answer is yes, I think so."




• The first woman will be greeted with newfound respect. Ann Meyers Drysdale, now GM of the WNBA champion Mercury, remains the only woman to sign an NBA contract. She had been a three-time All-America guard at UCLA before signing in 1979 with the Indiana Pacers, who released her before that season.

"That's right, the guys trying to guard her won't want to get beat," said Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey. "I see the women's game coming closer and closer to the men's game. You see NBA coaches who are now coaching in the WNBA and you see them using a lot of the same principles -- offensive schemes, pick and roll, defensive sets.

Gators123
12-04-2009, 06:38 PM
I hope not

FOBolous
12-04-2009, 06:39 PM
wow.

fact: only TWO dunks were ever successful in the WNBA.

'nuff said.

HeirCanada
12-04-2009, 06:42 PM
I'm sure the Cavs would rather have Candace Parker than Anthony Parker.

clutchski
12-04-2009, 06:42 PM
Can you imagine him saying "No way, that's never going to happen..ever!". It would look bad on him and the NBA. All he said was that it was in the range of probability...that doesn't mean much.

Mr. Fluffi
12-04-2009, 06:43 PM
Why not? I mean if that woman was able to play at that level, why don't let her play and if not, well then she wouldn't last long anyway.

FlakeyFool
12-04-2009, 06:45 PM
well andrea bargnani plays like a girl, so there is hope for girls :rolleyes:

mzgrizz
12-04-2009, 06:47 PM
I hope not. One poster said there were only 2 dunks; well, that doesn't preclude the idea, but I have no attraction to seeing the WNBA at any rate and want to keep the NBA just the way it is. BTW I don't care too much for 35 sec-to make a decision-college ball either!

abe_froman
12-04-2009, 06:48 PM
why not.i mean if your good enough.i know i'd want a girl on my team over a guy who isnt good.

hell there are some wnba players that are probably more deserving of roster spots over some of the scrubs in the league.

mser58
12-04-2009, 06:52 PM
Stern was just avoiding a shitstorm....never gonna happen, at least not in ten years haha

ny212
12-04-2009, 06:53 PM
the only women that could have played in the nba was cheryll miller she was better then reggie....she would have killed the wnba if it was around then

Bishnoff
12-04-2009, 06:54 PM
Pfft. Keep the leagues separate if you want fans to still watch.

Brew Crew
12-04-2009, 06:57 PM
That's right. In America these days, if we don't allow girls in the NBA or other male dominant matters then we are sexist Hitler-devils. **** that. No one wants to watch some tall *** **** play in the NBA.

arkanian215
12-04-2009, 06:59 PM
well if they ever got a girl who could shoot threes really well then sure that's a possibility. not in your life time though.

abe_froman
12-04-2009, 07:00 PM
That's right. In America these days, if we don't allow girls in the NBA or other male dominant matters then we are sexist Hitler-devils. **** that. No one wants to watch some tall *** **** play in the NBA.

i do,if she good

Brew Crew
12-04-2009, 07:04 PM
i do,if she good

Fine, but all of their contracts would need to include half-time BJ's for the team.

Trouble87
12-04-2009, 07:05 PM
no way it could happen

I'm all for women playing basketball but its unfair to put Dwight Howard in the paint with Janel McCarville

It would also eliminate the hard foul

wouldn't be fair and it would soften the game

NyCsPoRtS1
12-04-2009, 07:06 PM
no

KG2TB
12-04-2009, 07:07 PM
I would stop watching.

fast_break
12-04-2009, 07:09 PM
there'd be alot more fouls committed by the fellas

boob and *** grabbing fouls

The Ooh Child
12-04-2009, 07:21 PM
there'd be alot more fouls committed by the fellas

boob and *** grabbing fouls

That's what I'm talking about. If I was playing D on Candace Parker, I would definitely try to put my dick on her.

BlondeBomber41
12-04-2009, 07:23 PM
He could of just said "No, thats what the WNBA is for" and I dont think there would of been any backlash. Its not sexist to say that women and men should be in different leagues.

Then that brings up the question, if women are beating out men for spots in the NBA then why can't those men go and challenge for spots in the WNBA?

This will never happen though. No way in hell. Anytime I think of the WNBA I always think of this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXT0OCm6bA4

valpo34
12-04-2009, 07:54 PM
i am sure the nets could use them. definatly wouldnt hurt.

Bulls_fan90
12-04-2009, 08:06 PM
I think David Stern wants to single handedly ruin the NBA. Just look at the guy...he's a ******.

aWiLL 20
12-04-2009, 08:10 PM
stern is such a politician....anyone who has ever watched girls play basketball for 45 seconds knows that it's impossible for them to keep up with an NBA style game. this makes me sick.

spreadeagle
12-04-2009, 08:11 PM
I could see the "Lebron James" of women players someday play in the NBA,why not?

Slimsim
12-04-2009, 08:14 PM
i Can See Diana Taurasi Out playing some of these guys in the NBA.

VIP1349
12-04-2009, 08:19 PM
Fine, but all of their contracts would need to include half-time BJ's for the team.
Have you seen most of the girls? No thanks.

I guess if they could play would be cool. But I figure it'd be hard to watch. Though can't say they couldn't play PG, sure they actually could. Just think it's best to keep things seperate, better that way.

BkOriginalOne
12-04-2009, 08:20 PM
I don't like this.
I don' think the guys will play as hard. Imagine Lebron dunking on Candace Parker the way he did Tim Duncan.

Strumpy
12-04-2009, 08:21 PM
Fine, but all of their contracts would need to include half-time BJ's for the team.

fair enough :p

BTW, David Stern is a funny guy

AI4MVP
12-04-2009, 08:25 PM
i posted a thread like this a couple months ago and got bashed s i didnt expect to read anythig but it. lol but it would be kinda interesting.

Hawkeye15
12-04-2009, 08:27 PM
Any team that signed a woman would be doing it simply for sales and marketing. This is not a sexist statement, but a woman can not make it in the NBA, not for as long as I can think of. They are not big enough or strong enough in the least bit, and the best player in the WNBA wouldn't make the roster of a top 25 college men's team. Sorry. Stern is attempting to do anything to boost the NBA in this economy

Now, if a 6'8", 240, ripped girl comes out of nowhere that has the coordination, strength, speed, etc of an NBA player, then fine. But that aint happening. A center in the WNBA is what, 6'5"?? WIth no perimeter skills as compared to a NBA SG. C'mon

IDB Josh M
12-04-2009, 08:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIVDzQmhOL0

Cromedome
12-04-2009, 08:42 PM
I thought a woman was already playing in the NBA...and then I found out HIS name was Stephen Curry. :speechless:

_KB24_
12-04-2009, 08:52 PM
Hell ******* no! Why don't we do the opposite, send **** players to go play in the WNBA. Sasha will fit right in.

BlondeBomber41
12-04-2009, 09:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIVDzQmhOL0

HAHA thats funny as ****, hilarious.

GreenMan305
12-04-2009, 09:14 PM
ppl will stop watching bball period and there would be a hug dropoff in college bball no one wants to play with no girls on the court WTF is that sissy **** gtfo stupidest **** I ever heard

Raoul Duke
12-04-2009, 09:42 PM
Let me lay out a little scenario for you...

You're picking teams for a pickup game, and you have to choose between Swinn Cash and Tyron Lue.

mavwar53
12-04-2009, 09:45 PM
Only as cheerleaders, there is no way they can play with men unless it is with their ding-a-ling

_Supreme_
12-04-2009, 09:49 PM
This is never going to happen.

jetsforever
12-04-2009, 09:52 PM
Can a guy go play in the WNBA?

Boys play in Boy leagues and Girls play In Girl leagues... otherwise they should only have one.

king9er
12-04-2009, 10:06 PM
there are girls in the NBA they wear pom-poms and launch T-shirts into the crowd while shaking suggestively.

Ray_R
12-04-2009, 10:19 PM
If they want to be in the league they HAVE TO BE skins

Ray_R
12-04-2009, 10:19 PM
there are girls in the NBA they wear pom-poms and launch T-shirts into the crowd while shaking suggestively.

:drool:

King P
12-04-2009, 10:20 PM
Lisa Leslie should play in the NBA. I used to think she was hot :facepalm::facepalm::facepalm:

tr4shb0t
12-04-2009, 11:38 PM
So will they star letting really weak and short guys play in the WNBA soon too?

gcoll
12-05-2009, 02:28 AM
lol.

kArSoN RyDaH
12-05-2009, 02:53 AM
if a girl was to ever play in the NBA i would never watch it again. dont ruin the sport. keep them seperate. i dont wanna see a woman play with men.

GoatMilk
12-05-2009, 02:54 AM
ugh, i hope he was just being politically correct

caddiemaster
12-05-2009, 03:07 AM
Sure she can shower with guys?No well build her her own locker room in every stadium!Equal rights right!Stearn is a duck!@@@@@@@@222@@@22@@monte rides a mopedQQQQqqqqQQQQ65%of nba players are stonersQQqq@@22@@@@@@222nba refs are frikin pathetic@@2@@@@@2@@@@@2@chris webber called another timeout!

shep33
12-05-2009, 03:07 AM
I wonder what would happen if a woman got fouled by Shaq... I think he'd kill her instantly. Or else she'd be on the floor crying with a ruptured spleen... make that a ruptured life. And then what happens? Media is gonna hype everything, it'd just be a circus show. Could you imagine if she got preggers too... ESPN injury report--"Jane Doe is out indefinetely... preganancy".

nstachowski
12-05-2009, 03:11 AM
Theres 2 separate leagues for a reason. It would be ridiculous to think that the women can compete with the men.

EdGein812
12-05-2009, 03:13 AM
David Stern might need better glasses, because I've yet to see one.

ElMarroAfamado
12-05-2009, 03:30 AM
this would be a disgrace to the NBA ...........
and would would men do if like women tried to back down in the post or something....
i mean they are women?

TheShock45
12-05-2009, 03:37 AM
ok he's an idiot because in reality only 4 women in the history of the wnba could maybe be on the bench of some nba teams and no im not talking about lisa leslie, her game would not be able to compete with men.

If he thinks women will be in one day they he has to let diana taurasi and candace parker in now, because they are the only two who were all around players. and then forgive me i dontwatch the wnba but there two girls who are incredible point guards and they maybe JUST maybe could break an nba team as a 3rd point guard

I cant even say sue bird would make it as a 3 poin specialist because she just not tall enough

soo this just proves what we allready know....David Stern is the dumbest man in the world and we really need to bring back that fire stern petition

Hustla23
12-05-2009, 11:27 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIVDzQmhOL0
" If you wanna see layups, passing, jumpshots, AND layups... then get this game "

:laugh:

Freakin classic

rabzouz 96
12-05-2009, 11:34 AM
will they build hot plates in the lockers?

Raph12
12-05-2009, 11:36 AM
I'd love to see a chick try to post down a guy... might turn a bit ugly.

*Superman*
12-05-2009, 11:52 AM
WTF thats why there is WNBA!

Badluck33
12-05-2009, 12:17 PM
IF the WNBA is getting more popular than there is no reason for them to play in both leagues.

whats next?

Men in the WNBA????

please.

this is b.s. and i doubt it will ever happen. EVER.

JayW_1023
12-05-2009, 01:18 PM
We don't want players getting boned everytime a woman posts up.

tbomlad
12-05-2009, 01:44 PM
Yeah and hobbits too.

EdGein812
12-06-2009, 06:06 AM
I'm sure most women players wouldn't be frontcourt players, dumbasses. If Earl Boykins can play, a woman could play. Maybe not very many at this point, but...They could play in a league with the white guys. How's that for being an *******. Just trying to fit in with you winners.

It'd be a little weird, but don't act like a bunch of wusses.

BlondeBomber41
12-06-2009, 06:44 AM
I'm sure most women players wouldn't be frontcourt players, dumbasses. If Earl Boykins can play, a woman could play. Maybe not very many at this point, but...They could play in a league with the white guys. How's that for being an *******. Just trying to fit in with you winners.

It'd be a little weird, but don't act like a bunch of wusses.

Earl Boykins would kill those *****es. Boykins not only can play but for a couple years there he was one of the best 6th men in the league. How dare you disrespect the great Earl Boykins by comparing him to a woman.

JayW_1023
12-06-2009, 07:25 AM
Earl Boykins is a strong little dude...he can bench press 315 pounds.