11 Reasons to Stop Hating the WNBA

It's no NBA—but it shouldn't be, argues blogger. Plus, some players are hot.
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2009 12:02 PM CDT
Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (3) argues with referee Michael Price in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball finals Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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(Newser) – The WNBA finals are going on, which has—in the past—led Sam Greenspan to joke, “Man I hope one of the players lands a one-handed breakaway dunk to seal the best-of-one series!” The league is “universally ripped on,” he writes for 11points.com, but the time has come to give it a break, and here’s why:

  • The playoffs don’t go on forever: “As much as I love them, even I find the NBA playoffs to be farcically slow.”

  • You couldn’t beat them: “The vast, vast majority of guys are fatter, slower, and in way worse shape than WNBA players.”
  • Some players are easy on the eyes: “At the end of the day, there's no one in the WNBA who's even close to as ugly as Sam Cassel, Joakim Noah, Shawn Marion, Chris Kaman or Scottie Pippen.”
  • It’s not as low-scoring as you think: And not losing as much money as you think, either.
  • It shouldn’t have to compare to the NBA: It is different. But what it offers is “hard-working players who make the same salaries as most of the fans, players who actually have mid-range game, plenty of close games with clutch endings, $20 tickets for good seats, and even some budding superstars.”
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