I wasn’t always the biggest WNBA fan that watches nonstop women’s basketball every day. If it wasn’t for Martin Lawrence getting his butt beat by the Women’s USA Olympic Team on his sitcom, I probably wouldn’t be a fan today. Comic relief showed how gender doesn’t automatically equate to skill, which ultimately put Marty Mar’s squad out of commission. Team USA was equipped with a crew that could lock down and defends, force steals, shoot with finesse, and ultimately play as a collective unit. From that day forward, I automatically paid respect to Dawn Staley, Teresa Edwards, Rebecca Lobo, Sheryl Swoops, and countless others who came after these OG’s.
Throughout the years, the WNBA has affected culture one way or another. The movie Love & Basketball has become a classic story showing Monica happily ever hooper end playing for the L.A. Sparks. Despite the acclaimed motion picture that is still held in high regard, potential growth wasn’t reached. From unfair pay and limited endorsements to overall viewership, the investment into the WNBA is significantly smaller than that of the NBA. But recently, a surge of unified support has made positive waves of change that have the entire world on notice. It made me begin to notice as well. Casual channel surfing turned into avid watching out of nowhere this year. It’s new energy surrounding the league, and players are finally getting their just do.
The WNBA Finals is very exciting due to teams having 5 game series compared to a 7 game series in the NBA. Ladies are leaving everything on the floor to secure a win. Two teams that made it to the big stage were the Phoenix Mercury and the Chicago Sky. Phoenix Mercury has triumphant trio Skylar Diggins-Smith, Brittney Griner, and 3-time Champion Diana Taurasi. Standing in their way of victory stood the Chicago Sky who has triple threats of its own in Kahleah Cooper, Stefanie Dolson, and Champion Candace Parker. Before game 4, the Chicago Sky have won in a polarizing fashion by outsourcing Phoenix Mercury by at least 20 in games 1 and 3. Game 4 ended up being a nail-biter to the very end, as a 6 point difference secured the Chicago Sky their first WNBA title! Hometown hero Candace was immensely overjoyed to bring a chip back to her city, in front of her city. The tear-jerking moment was reminiscent of LeBron earning a chip for Cleveland. With a sold-out crowd cheering in the stands, the WNBA is back (as if they’ve ever left).