Jerian Grant: Yeah, the women’s game isn’t often played above-the-rim. There are obvious differences in speed and strength between men and women. But if you say women’s basketball is “boring,” or if you want to repeat ignorant stereotypes about female athletes, I’m gonna stop you right there. You must not be a real basketball fan. If you were, you’d already know what I found out in college. I’m not saying Notre Dame was some kind of perfect place, but I know this: When men’s and women’s players support each other on and off the court, basketball is better. With the WNBA season coming up in May, I know I’ll be back at the Liberty games with my teammates. The women come to ours, so we go to theirs. Simple as that. It’s only my second year in New York, but I’m hoping to make it a tradition.
Zach Lowe: WNBA releases statement on Raymond Moore’s comments at Indian Wells: NEW YORK, March 21, 2016 — The following statement is from WNBA President Lisa Borders on behalf of the WNBA: “The WNBA condemns the disparaging remarks made by Indian Wells CEO Raymond Moore regarding the women of the WTA. Female athletes are no different than their male counterparts. They inspire millions of fans and work hard to be the best in their sports by competing at the highest levels, breaking records and winning championships. At a time when the physical and emotional benefits of athletic participation have never been more clear, we need to empower female athletes and promote opportunities for girls and women to play sports, rather than promote outdated, offensive and uninformed opinions.”
Gilbert Arenas has an Instagram account and he recently wrote some posts that drew a lot of attention. He mocked the Flint water crisis, wrote that WNBA players should play in underwear to sell more tickets… Just wanted to ask you if you would like to give some advice to your former teammate. Caron Butler: I actually just texted Gilbert about a couple of weeks ago, told him that it would be nice to meet, sit down and talk after the season is over. I’ve always had a great deal of respect to him. He’s one of the most talented players that I’ve ever played with. I just look forward to sitting down with him. Just talk with him, see where he’s at. He really is a good dude.
One professional basketball league in the United States will seed playoff teams 1-8 regardless of conference. That will be the WNBA, starting this season, and that’s just one of several playoff format changes the league will introduce this season.
Other changes: · The number of playoff rounds will increase to four from three, and the top two seeds receive byes to the semifinals; · Teams will be reseeded after each round; · The first and second rounds are single elimination, NCAA tournament style. In the first round, the No. 5 seed plays at home the No. 8 seed, and the No. 6 seed at home plays the No. 7 seed. In the second round, the No. 3 seed will play host to the lowest-seeded winner from the first-round, and the No. 4 seed will play host to the other first-round winner.