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7 reasons Nneka Ogwumike could be considered the best ever

We already knew Nneka Ogwumike was great. But the process of voting in the WNBA's "The W25" platform confirmed her greatness and revealed her stand-alone stature in a pool of giants. For only Ogwumike, in the league's 25-year history, has checked boxes in all seven of the categories the league devised to help voters weigh candidates' accomplishments for "The W25" list. By the WNBA's own standards, therefore, Ogwumike could be considered the best ever. ...

Announcing “The W25” and determining the WNBA’s all-time GOAT

In celebrating the WNBA's 25th season, the league on Sunday (Sept. 5) revealed during halftime of the hotly-awaited matchup between the Las Vegas Aces and the Chicago Sky (ABC) "The W25" -- or the 25 best players in the league's storied history. Here are the players who made the exclusive list. ...

Sun flush Aces in playoff-clinching performance, take No. 1 in WNBA standings

The Connecticut Sun defeated the Las Vegas Aces to clench a spot in the 2021 WNBA Playoffs. In the process, they claimed the No. 1 spot in the WNBA standings heading into the final weeks of the regular season. The game showed that Connecticut is peaking at the right time for a deep playoff run and exposed the Las Vegas' weaknesses that could hint at the team's deeper issues. Here are some of the sights and sounds of the game as well as a look at the things each team needs to work out heading into the playoffs. ...

More trash graphics in a WNBA broadcast

Accurately naming the two teams playing against each other is as basic as it gets in terms of duties related to televising a basketball game. When it comes to coverage of the WNBA, however, the task apparently isn't so simple....

Unlike Simone Biles, Diana Taurasi and USA Basketball seem okay with risking the team a medal

The USA is not at its best with Diana Taurasi version 2021 on the team. After sustaining what appeared to be a hand injury in the early going against France, she asked head coach Dawn Staley to sub her out. On the sideline, she appeared frustrated with herself and clearly at war with her own body. It is a sight as painful to watch as the look of USA Basketball no longer dominating on the world stage, and putting its gold medal potential at risk because of loyalty to a few individuals over the good of the team. It is long past time for USA women's basketball to ensure that more players get the chance to realize their Olympic dreams....

2021 WNBA All-Star Ballot: An Arike, a Plum and two Courtneys in the backcourt

As a member of the national media voting pool, Tamryn Spruill was instructed to select six frontcourt players and four backcourt players for the 2021 WNBA All-Star Game. She based her decisions on her own viewing of almost every game this season and player stats, with heavy consideration given to the overall impact of players on their respective teams. Here are Spruill's picks!...

USA Basketball’s and the WNBA’s blind loyalty to a Bird and a bull

USA Basketball and the WNBA have worked hard for years to ensure the individual legacies of Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi. Such unbridled devotion, however, has come at increasingly steeper costs in recent years -- putting at risk the success of the teams they play for and denying other players the opportunity to chase their dreams. Seimone Augustus held this awareness of other players in mind when considering retirement. By putting "we" over "me," she surrendered ego and greed, and humbly stepped aside. Is it time for other players who've already fulfilled their dreams to follow suit? ...

Celebrating Vickie Johnson’s career at center court, on the sidelines

Twenty-five years ago today, Vickie Johnson contributed 13 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal to the New York Liberty's upset victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA's inaugural game. A fan favorite as a player with a sandwich named after her at the iconic Carnegie Deli in Manhattan, Johnson is now building a coaching legacy as head coach of the Dallas Wings. ...

Layshia Clarendon leads the fight in the war being waged on transgender Americans

Emerging as a force to be reckoned with against gender identity discrimination, Layshia Clarendon, the WNBA’s first openly trans and non-binary player, has been nominated for the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award. Yet, in the same breath that we celebrate the joy of gender euphoria for countless people challenging the gender binary, we must band together and fight the intentional harms caused to our transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming siblings. In short, we are at a time where federal and state legislation has waged war against transgender and non-binary Americans. This prompted us to look into where states housing the 12 WNBA teams stand in terms of LGBTQ protections and anti-trans legislation. ...

Ranking the Rookies: A look at how the 2021 WNBA draft picks are performing

Injuries, limited playing time, trades and revolving-door roster spots characterize what many rookies of the WNBA's 2021 draft class are dealing with as they also try to level up to the speed, timing and defensive trends of the pros. One month into the season, Michaela Onyenwere, Aari McDonald, Charlie Collier and DiJonai Carrington have made invaluable contributions to their respective teams in double-digit minutes per game. ...