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SBD/Issue 59/Leagues & Governing Bodies
David Stern: Woman In NBA Within 10 Years Is "Good Possibility"
Published December 7, 2009
|Stern Says Women Playing In NBA Is
"Well Within The Range Of Probability"
AGREE TO DISAGREE: In DC, Tom Knott notes Stern's comments parallel his "forward-thinking approach to the game." However, while the commissioner's "political antenna always has been acute," this "potential offering is beyond the reality of the women's game." Women's basketball "lags considerably behind the men's game," and fans "do not have to watch more than a few minutes of a WNBA game to gauge the pronounced differences in size, speed, quickness and jumping ability." Knott: "If a woman is to play in the NBA within the next 10 years, it would have to be an extraordinary woman. It would have to be a woman we have not yet seen" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 12/7). The LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: "There is being politically correct, and then there is, well, being just plain silly. NBA commissioner David Stern should know the difference" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 12/5).
BEING TOO OPTIMISTIC: Cavaliers F LeBron James said in response to Stern's comments, "Ten years? That's, like, right around the corner. (In) 10 years, I'll be 34. I'll still be in the NBA. I think 10 years is pushing it, honestly." Cavaliers G Anthony Parker, the brother of WNBA Sparks F Candace Parker, said, "No way. My sister is a good player and has great skill, but as far as making an NBA roster? No" (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 12/5).