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NBA PLAYERS TALK TOUGH ON 2BALL; BUTLER SPEAKS ON FUTURE
Published January 12, 1998
On CNN/SI, Jackie MacMullan discussed the controversy surrounding 2ball, the new All-Star Weekend event which pairs NBA and WNBA players: "The players were upset that the league had not notified them that they were getting rid of the slam dunk and going to this 2ball set, and they also felt a little chagrined that the NBA, who of course is controlling the WNBA, was using their venue to promote the women's basketball. And so there was some talk this week ... of actually boycotting this event. Now, the league and the players and the union all got together and I think the players have decided that this isn't the battle that the union wants to fight. ... But clearly, it's just a preview of the skirmishes to come ("This Week In The NBA," 1/11). THE BUTLER DID IT: Riverdale, NY, high school basketball player Niesha Butler said yesterday that she will likely attend GA Tech in the fall, where she "would consider" playing one year before challenging the WNBA's eligibility requirements, according to Ron Dicker of the N.Y. TIMES. The WNBA requires players meet one of four criteria to be eligible for its draft: Players must be at least 22- years- old, complete college eligibility, have a college degree or complete at least two seasons in another professional league (N.Y. TIMES, 1/12). Butler added that even if she played in the WNBA, she would still attend classes during the school year (N.Y. POST, 1/12).