Does Cheryl Reeve — with four WNBA titles in the last seven seasons with the Lynx and a reputation for being strong with both strategy and chemistry — ever think about coaching in the NBA? Reeve made it clear that she loves her current job and her team. But yes, she does think about it. And she should. “I would be lying to say no because the opportunity seems a little closer than it was five years ago,” Reeve, 51, said.
Cheryl Reeve: “I love the NBA, and I watch a ton of it. I feel close to it. I do get pretty locked in on what I’m doing. But every once in while when the topic comes up or I get asked about it, if the opportunity presented itself I would absolutely consider that.”
She said Hammon’s role in the NBA is part of the reason it feels more possible than it did in the past. Dialogue creates discussion. Opportunities lead to change. “In every other industry there are women leading men. If the military can do it … ” Reeve said. “But it’s the sports world, it’s a culture. And that needs to change. The sexist mindset is one that’s antiquated.”
From Bill Simmons’ old Page 2 column to rants from “Bob in Philly” or “HoopsGuy11” on Twitter, the WNBA has taken shots from average Joes since its inception, while NBA pros have been busy playing pick-up with their female counterparts and sitting courtside at their games. “Female ballers don’t get disrespected by NBA players,” says Parker. “They understand the time, effort and skill set to perfect the pull-up jump shot. You don’t have to do a windmill [dunk] to perfect a midrange game or to shoot the three or to be able to handle. It’s usually dudes that don’t play basketball that disrespect the WNBA.”
A’ja Wilson, selected 1st overall by the Las Vegas Aces, and Gabby Williams, selected 4th overall by the Chicago Sky, are both Wasserman clients represented by Senior Vice President, Women and Olympics Lindsay Kagawa Colas. Not only does Wasserman represent two of the top four picks in the draft, but it marks the fourth straight year where the agency represents the 1st overall pick.