Saturday, July 9, 2016

As the basketball world tosses and turns

Rough night for Dallas, as Plenette Pierson is still out with a concussion and Glory Johnson is reported to have broken a toe in Thursday's Atlanta game, which will keep her out 4-6 weeks. Minnesota was already gunning for a recoup win, and they got one......Lynx 93, Wings 56.

Ouch.

Minnesota did it without Seimone Augustus, who sat out her second consecutive game with knee soreness.

Uh oh.

Before the game, the Lynx announced they would wear warm up T-shirts supporting this week's shooting victims. The front reads: "Change Starts with Us. Justice & Accountability." The names of the victims are on the backs of the shirts.

Why am I not surprised that WNBA players are the first pro ballers to take a political stand in this nightmarish time?

Still wondering why the league continues to be secretive about injuries.

Tomorrow's schedule is a big one:

Dream at Sun

Stars at Liberty

Mercury at Sky

Mystics at Sparks

Fever at Storm

Player news:

Tamika Catchings: the final season.

She's got sole: the state of sneakers in the WNBA, featuring Lynx All-Star Maya Moore.

Dream guard Layshia Clarendon is carrying the torch in the WNBA as an outspoken activist.

Point guard controversy? Not with the Chicago Sky.

Former South Florida guard Courtney Williams is making an early impact with the Sun.

Former Princeton star Blake Dietrick is enjoying her time in the WNBA.

College news:

Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell is always looking to improve.

Nebraska's Jessica Shepard is feeling good and ready for a fresh start.

New Husker coach Amy Williams is looking to add to her roster.

Olympics news:

The Olympics loom for Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen.

Canada's Nirra Fields is embracing change in her hoops pursuit.

3 comments:

Erica Ayala said...

Yup, very glad the WNBA has made a statement ... but also wish the same leagues that stood behind Orlando would stand behind St. Paul, Baton Rouge and Dallas.

Paul C said...

As far as I can tell, the WNBA has long been the most socially progressive professional sports league in the US. It's particularly significant that the Lynx players are making a visible statement, given that one of the recent killings took place in Minnesota.

I was very disheartened, though, to read this paragraph in the NBC News Article (linked on this blog) on Layshia Clarendon:

>>But homophobia is occasionally an issue, according to Clarendon. She said in 2014, the WNBA gave warm-up shirts with rainbow basketballs on them to each team as part of its Pride campaign. Clarendon said some players - including some in leadership positions - refused to wear them, and the shirts were canceled. "It was heartbreaking," she said.

I know that there was controversy several years ago when Sophia Young took a vocal stance against LGBT rights, but I had thought of her as an anomaly in the WNBA until I read this. I would very much like to know which players "in leadership positions" have a problem with showing solidarity with the LGBT community.

Sue Favor said...

Yes, Paul, I had heard that story. And now here we are two years later with most WNBA teams wearing Pride and/or "support Orlando" shirts. We had the WNBA and NBA march in the NYC Pride parade for the first time a few weeks ago, and we have more and more players quietly coming out.

I believe it's important in times of change to look at the progress we've made. But you're right: you never know when and where bigotry will surface.