Women Basketball Coaching Jobs-Is The NBA Woke Enough To Hire First Female Coach

Women  Head Coaches In The NBA

There has been only three woman ever to hold a full time coaching job with an NBA team.The female coaches currently with an NBA team is Becky Hammon, who has been an assistant to San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich since 2014. The other current NBA female coach is Jenny Boucek who  joined the Sacramento Kings  head coach Dave Joerger’s staff as a full time assistant coach in 2017

 

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Nancy Lieberman now currently the head coach of the Power is a  basketball Hall Fame member. She becomes the first female coach in the BIG 3, replacing Clyde Drexler, who was named league commissioner .

Lieberman is no stranger to history herself. She coached the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, becoming the first ever professional woman head coach. Lieberman has also spent time on the Sacramento Kings’ bench as an assistant coach, before stepping away to spend time with her mother. Following that, she was a broadcaster for  the NBA New Orleans Pelicans games.

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Approximately 123 head coaches are at the helm of teams in the four major men’s professional sports leagues: NFL (football), NBA (basketball), MLB (baseball) and NHL (hockey). How many of those head coaches do you think are women you say ?  you guessed  it . It’s zero. However that could change one day, at least in the NBA, because Becky Hammon, a former WNBA player and current top assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs,  reportedly interviewed   for the head coaching position with the Milwaukee Bucks. Hammon made NBA history already: When the Spurs’s popular head coach, Gregg Popovich, hired her in 2014, Hammon was the first woman ever to serve as a full-time assistant coach in the league (and, for that matter, in MLB, NHL or NFL). Popovich, is revered to be one of the greatest NBA’s coaches of all time, had been a fan of Hammon’s since she was a pro player herself, first as a scrappy 5-foot-6 center for the New York Liberty (a team she walked on to after being passed over due to her height) and, later, the San Antonio Stars. “I’d watch the game, and the only thing I could see . . . was Becky’s aura, her leadership, her effect on teammates, her effect on the crowd, the way she handled herself,” Popovich told The New Yorker. “She was, like, the ultimate leader.” Hammon coached the Spurs in the NBA’s 2015 summer league—and took home the championship. Sounds like the perfect person to land the top job with the Bucks. And if she were a man, she’d probably would of gotten the job. But seeing as she’s not. Hammon’s relatively young age (41) and experience (four years as an assistant coach in the NBA; no previous head coaching jobs) are the obvious  official arguments against her.  But also, not surprisingly, the team was  keener on male coaches. It doesn’t feel like a stretch to imagine that if Hammon were a man, she wouldn’t be knocked for her lack of experience but praised as a gutsy, young upstart instead. (“Experience” is similarly hurled as a criticism of female political candidates, while seldom raised in reference to their male counterparts.)

Moreover, it’s somewhat of a catch-22 for the NBA to penalize Hammon for a lack of experience when the league itself has never, not once in 71 years, hired a woman to a top coaching job—if women are never given a shot, how are they supposed to gain that oh-so-valuable experience? Despite women’s fandom and support of the NBA (and the NFL and others), despite women rising up against the upswing of sexual harassment and abuse in the work place , despite the fact that men consistently serve as coaches for women’s teams in sports across the spectrum, professional men’s sports remains an  archaic backward island unto itself, where it has been practically unthinkable for women to be the touch line bosses. Completely boxing women out of leadership positions hardly registers in the NBA and its peer leagues—at least before Hammon’s moment—because it’s simply the norm in this most physical and macho of environs. Spurs player Pau Gasol called it out as being  bullshit in which he voiced support of Hammon. “This idea that, if there were a female head coach in the NBA, there would be some sort of . . . ‘awkwardness in the locker room’ . . . it’s a myth. Give me a break,” Gasol said. “The players dress in a certain area, and the coaches dress in a certain area. Okay? It’s not like you’re seeing male head coaches sharing a space with players while they’re changing. It doesn’t happen . . . in terms of behind the scenes, there really is no practical difference in this league between having a male or a female head coach.” The NBA may be as aware of sexist, nonsensical criticism of Hammon than anyone, as it positions itself as the most woke of the men’s pro leagues. Stars like  LeBron James and Steph Curry have vocally criticized President Trump and supported Black Lives Matter (James, for one, has said he’d support a female head coach: “If she knows what she’s doing, we’ll love it . . . at the end of the day, it’s basketball, it’s not about male or female”)The Bucks  interviewed Hammon. And they shouldn’t get props for merely considering her they should hire her. Because she’s the best person  for the job point blank period .

 

LeBron James endorses idea of female head coaches in NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers basketball super star  LeBron James has fully endorsed having  female head coaches in the NBA.James has publicly  been in favor of  playing for a female coach, like San Antonio Spurs top  assistant Becky Hammon, saying, “at the end of the day, basketball, it’s not about male or female.”

“If you know the game, then everybody is accepting of that,” James said. “It’s the same thing with players. You have different walks and shapes and lives of players, but if you can play, you can play. You always accept it. You can’t play, you can’t play. If you know the game, you’re always accepted. If you don’t know the game, it’s all about your knowledge of the game. It shouldn’t matter if you’re a woman or a man.

 

 

Hammon was fairly interested in being a candidate for the head coaching vacancy for the Colorado State men’s basketball team previous to the Niko Medved hiring  last month. Hired by the Spurs in 2014, Hammon joined Gregg Popovich’s staff and became the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history.

 

 

“Obviously, you guys know how fond I am of coach Pop, so for him to bring Becky in there to be able to be an assistant and kind of give her input — I don’t quite know how much input she has, I’m not there on a day-to-day basis — but just having her face there, it means a lot,” James said. “There’s also some female coaches in the NFL as well, too. It’s cool. If you know the game, you know the game. I love talking the game, so I don’t think of it being a problem at all.”

James additionally made reference to  ESPN’s Doris Burke sports commentator, who will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on September 2018.

“Listen, we have so many female reporters now that know the game and they cover the game,” James added. “I mean, you look at Doris Burke, she’s one of the greatest that we have in our game. She knows the game, so it doesn’t matter.

Doris Burke,is the recipient of the Hall’s Curt Gowdy award for electronic media. It’s a deserved honor for a trailblazer and role model who this season became the first woman to hold the job of full-time NBA color analyst.

Hammon was reported to be a top candidate for the head coaching vacancy for the Colorado State men’s basketball team before Niko Medved was hired last month. Hired by the Spurs in 2014, Hammon joined Gregg Popovich’s staff and in 2018 became the first full time female top/lead assistant coach in NBA history.

 

Female Coaches Who Are NBA Ready

CHERYL MILLER

Cheryl Miller’s little brother, Reggie, came home bragging about dropping 39 points in a game. Well, Miller finished with 105 points in a game that same day. In a 1985 Sports Illustrated cover story, Miller was named the best basketball player in America, male or female. Miller, who scored 3,018 points, won two national championships and was named Naismith College Player of the Year three times during her four years at USC, is enshrined in both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She also helped lead Team USA to gold in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. She was the first basketball player at USC to have her number retired in 1986, which was her final season with the team.

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MARIAN E. WASHINGTON

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By the end of her 31-year tenure, Marian E. Washington had compiled a 560-363 record as Kansas’ women’s basketball coach and guided the Jayhawks to the postseason 16 times: 11 NCAA tournaments, three Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women sectionals and two WNIT appearances. In 17 seasons, her Kansas teams finished with 20 or more wins, seven league titles and six conference tournament championships.

She became the first African-American to coach on a U.S. Olympic women’s basketball staff when she served as an assistant coach on Team USA’s gold medal-winning 1996 Olympic team. Washington was the first woman to serve as president of the Black Coaches Association and became the first president to serve consecutive terms. Washington was a member of the first women’s national championship team when unbeaten West Chester State defeated Western Carolina in the 1969 National Women’s Invitational Tournament. That same year, she was one of the first two black women to ever make a United States national team.

 

C. VIVIAN STRINGER

Over the course of 45 seasons, C. Vivian Stringer finds herself only three wins away from joining one of the most exclusive clubs in college basketball. Sitting at 997-402, the 70-year-old coach is a few months away from becoming the sixth Division I basketball coach overall and first African-American to win 1,000 or more games.

She would join late Tennessee coach Pat Summit, Stanford’s Tara Van Derveer, North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell, UConn’s Geno Auriemma and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who is the only men’s coach to reach the mark. In 2009, Stringer was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The memory of Stringer’s first career victory with Cheyney in 1972 eludes her, but she has no issue recalling that she took the first historically black college or university in the United States to the final of the inaugural NCAA women’s basketball tournament, where the team fell to Louisiana Tech. Stringer is the lone coach to take three teams to a Final Four — Cheyney (1982), Iowa (1993) and Rutgers (2000, 2007) — and she coached Cheyney and Rutgers to appearances in the title game in 1982 and 2007, respectively.

CAROLYN PECK

Not only is Carolyn Peck still the youngest coach to win a Division I women’s basketball championship — she was 33 at the time of Purdue’s victory — she is also the first black coach to win on the women’s side. Her team is also the only winner of the women’s tournament as a member of the Big Ten Conference. Maryland was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference when it won in 2006.

After guiding Purdue to a 23–10 record and an Elite Eight appearance in her first season (1997), Peck led the Boilermakers to their first title in women’s basketball history in 1999. That season, Purdue was 28-1 and won all six of its NCAA tournament games by 10 or more points, including its decisive 62-45 rout of Duke in the championship bout.

The Associated Press named Peck Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year, and the New York Athletic Club honored her with its Winged Foot Award, which is given to the best coach in college basketball, making her the first woman and the first African-American to receive the accolade. Besides those two distinctions, Peck was named Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in 1999.

DAWN STALEY

When South Carolina needed to upend No. 2 Mississippi State for the first time all season, it did so by beating the 32-0 Bulldogs when the stakes were highest in the Southeastern Conference championship game. That made Staley’s squad the first SEC team to win four consecutive conference tournament championships, and that gave the Gamecocks the automatic bid.

It was the fifth straight season Staley’s team entered the tournament with 25 or more wins and the seventh consecutive year the Gamecocks played in the NCAA tournament, making it the longest streak in school history. In 18 seasons, Staley has accumulated an overall record of 419-166 — 172-80 (Temple) and 247-86 (South Carolina) — and has coached nine teams to 25-plus-win seasons. South Carolina won the 2017 NCAA women’s championship.

Besides reaching 15 postseasons, the 47-year-old’s team has enjoyed a 69-week stint in The Associated Press Top 10, with 12 of those weeks spent at the No. 1 spot. She is the head coach of the U.S. women’s national team for 2017-20.

FELISHA LEGETTE-JACK

Coming off a storybook Sweet 16 run in this year’s NCAA tournament, the University at Buffalo received its first Top 25 ranking in program history. Felisha Legette-Jack’s team saw the biggest rise of any program as the Bulls moved from No. 35 in USA Today‘s Top 25 Coaches Poll at the beginning of the tournament to No. 21 by season’s end.

The Bulls’ ascension should come as no surprise, as they traveled to Tallahassee, Florida, and beat No. 6 South Florida, 102-79, in 11th-seeded Buffalo’s first-round matchup and then beat No. 3 Florida State, 86-65. USF was basically playing a home game, while the Seminoles were playing in their home confines.

Legette-Jack coached the Bulls to their best win total in program history (29-6), a school-record 16 conference wins, perfect 12-0 home record and first MAC East Division title. This was not only Buffalo’s first Sweet 16, it was also the program’s first trip to the Big Dance as an at-large, the first time in 22 years that a Mid-American Conference team played in the tournament as an at-large entrant since Toledo and Kent State in 1996. All three teams went on to win their opening-round matchups.

 

STEPHANIE READY

Stephanie Ready finished her basketball career at Coppin State in the top 10 in steals (second), assists (fourth), points (eighth) and rebounds (10th). When she took over as assistant coach for the Greenville Groove of the National Basketball Development League, she became the first female coach of a men’s professional league team in 2001. Two and a half years ago, she was promoted from Hornets sideline reporter and host on Fox Sports Carolinas to analyst, which made her at the time first full-time female NBA game analyst.

 

TINA THOMPSON

 

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Tina Thompson, who will be a Class of 2018 inductee into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Womens Basketball Hall of Fame , finished her storied 17-season WNBA career with the second-most points in league history (7,488 points) behind Diana Taurasi and 3,070 rebounds. Now an assistant coach with the Texas Longhorns, who finished the regular season ranked eighth in the country, a No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament before its Sweet 16 exit.

The No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA’s first college draft in 1997, Thompson went on to win four consecutive WNBA Finals with the Houston Comets from 1997-2000. The USC grad owns gold medals from the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Games.

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WNBA Women Basketball Players-The Real Money Is Over Seas For WNBA Players

The Real Money Is Over Seas For WNBA Players

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There has been a lot of recent talk about trade deficits and the decline of manufacturing, but it safely can be said that there is one area in which the United States is a leading exporter.

Each fall there is a huge transfer of talent from the United States to teams in Korea, China, Turkey,Russia ,Italy and a host of  countries in  Asia and Europe.According to WNBA.com around  63 or more players representing all of the WNBA’s teams are plying thire trade  overseas,  In other words, slightly more than half of the players in the league spend the “offseason” playing basketball somewhere else.

It’s not only journeymen who go. It’s many of the WNBA’s best players, such as 2016 MVP Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks. Ogwumike  recorded one of the best seasons in the history of the league, making 66.5 percent of her shots in the 2016 season, the second highest in league history, and hitting the winning basket in Game 5 against the  Minnesota Lynx as Los Angeles won the WNBA title.

Just 12 mere days after hitting the most important  bucket of her career, Ogwumike was playing her first game with Dynamo Kursk in Russia.

Can you see former NBA MVP Stephen Curry packing up for Russia less than two weeks after playing in the NBA Finals? Hell no!.

 

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That’s because Curry made $11.4 million in 2015 — and Ogwumike’s base salary last season was $109,000, the league maximum for a player with her level of service.

Most elite WNBA players can garner  about 15 times more from their overseas teams than they do in the  WNBA . Diana Taurasi, for example, makes $1.5 million from her Russian team, enough that she infamously chose to skip the 2015 season after she was asked to do so by the team, UMMC Ekaterinburg.

Why are overseas teams able to pay women’s basketball players so much more than they are paid here? There are a variety of reasons, according to Allison Galer, that  represents eight WNBA players and some  non WNBA players overseas.

Some teams, like most of the teams in Russia, are under pinned  by the municipal governments finances to serve as a source of pride locally . While the  Turkish clubs, are attached to major  lucrative men’s soccer clubs. “It is quite exhausting, though, to jump from one season to the next and have to reset your life, but it’s a part of the process and still is, nevertheless, a blessing we get to work jobs we love,’’ Ogwumike said in a recent interview via email. “In a calendar year, we play about 80, 90 games. I don’t worry about playing year-round because I won’t be doing it every year. It’s the sacrifice you’ve seen many take The WNBA has had an increase in attendance and television ratings and had its most exciting final round in years. It is by far the most successful women’s sports league in America. The newly formed national women’s hockey league, by contrast, has had to  announce that they were going to have to slash salaries by 50 percent in order to stay in business. Yet we still are in a awkward position in the evolution of women’s professional basketball. Players for the most are happy to have the opportunity to make big money overseas, though  they also prefer that  they didn’t have to go abroad to do that.

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Ogwumike, who is the current  president of the WNBA’s players’ union , has empathized that she is bothered by the pay disparity between women and men  .

“Though we would appreciate more economic advances, it doesn’t disregard my appreciation of the opportunities I’ve had to make great money overseas or the cultural experiences that contribute to my worldliness as an athlete and a person . . . The disparity is obvious, apparent and no secret. But our league is still young and we have a lot of growth I look forward to being a part of, and very soon.”

While the economics are not there to pay women anywhere near what men’s basketball players make, should the MVP of the NBA make about 104 times more than the MVP of the WNBA?

The WNBA is easily the most competitive women’s basketball league in the world, even if it’s not the highest-paying. That, and a sense of loyalty to growing the game, likely is what keeps scores of the best female talent from abandoning the league and playing only in Europe, as Taurasi did two years ago. One has to wonder if that always will be the case

 

Positives Outweigh Negatives For WNBA Stars Who Play Overseas

According to WNBA.COM, more than 60 of its players are competing professionally around the world this offseason, from Turkey  to Russia  Australia  to China, South Korea to Israel, and many other countries.

In addition to the experience, money is a major reason so many WNBA players compete abroad during the league’s offseason. Foreign teams often pay more than WNBA teams. Some top players can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars abroad — Diana Taurasi agreed to sit out the 2015 WNBA season to earn around $1.5 million during Russia’s 2015-16 season — but the WNBA maximum salary was $111,500 in 2016 and the average was around $75,000.

“It used to be that the money was in Italy, Spain, Russia — it used to be everywhere,” Harding said. “But now Russia and Turkey and China are the three places that have a lot of money for women’s basketball. Korea is pretty decent, but Russia and Turkey is where a lot of the money is. A lot of WNBA players  are in Turkey. Not just first division but also in second division, where they have a lot of money.”

Reason for  the high salaries? The teams do not make a lot of money themselves  but the wealthy owners simply want a  roster with supreme quality. Taurasi said  about Russian oligarch team owners back in 2007: “They’re hotheads who want the best women’s basketball team, and that’s their hobby, so they don’t care how much they pay.”

Seattle Storm and former University of Connecticut star Breanna Stewart, who is playing in the Chinese league with the Shanghai Baoshan Dahua this year, says the financial environment is completely different overseas.

“Obviously, these clubs have more money than what the WNBA team’s cap space is,” said Stewart, adding that her team has mostly played to sellout crowds. “The WNBA salary is not moving, at all. When you are overseas you have the ability to negotiate with what you want, what the team wants and that kind of thing.”

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Low payroll funds aren’t the only potential drawback to playing overseas during the WNBA’s offseason. The nearly year-round grind can take a toll on players’ bodies.

 

Looking back at Stewart’s  2014 year. Joined the Storm shortly after completing her college career with a fourth consecutive NCAA championship. After the first part of the WNBA season, she went to Rio with the U.S. Olympic team and won a gold medal, and then finished the Storm’s season, which ended with a playoff loss in September. Two weeks later she headed to Shanghai.

Stewart is fortunate that China’s schedule is shorter than in most overseas leagues. The Turkish league regular season, for example, runs until April 8.

We may play that amount of games, but we don’t get time off. If you’re lucky, you get a week off after playing overseas to start in the WNBA and maybe a week off to go back overseas.”

 

 

“Most people, even my teammates, English is a language they took in school,” she said. “It’s great to walk in somewhere and ask, ‘Do you speak English?’ and most of the time they say, ‘A little bit.’ My little Turkish and their little English, we can work it out.”

Stewart, who has an intepreter with her much of the time in China, says language is more of a factor there. Her coach is Korean, and all her teammates are Chinese because only one foreign player is allowed per team.

“So we have to have a Korean-to-Chinese translator and then a Korean-to-English translator and then a Chinese-to-English translator,” she said. “If you need something done quickly, it’s not going to happen.”

Being overseas can also mean it’s not easy to stay in touch with loved ones back home.  Istanbul is nine hours ahead of Houston.

“I don’t do well with time change here because a lot of my family and friends in the United States are awake at a certain time, and I’m always up late talking to them,” she said. “So I go to bed very late here.”

There also are serious security concerns in some parts of the world. According to the Associated Press several American women who have  played in Turkey, were alarmed by terrorist attacks and unrest in the region, are rethinking their decisions to play there. While there has been  some safety concerns — the WNBA provides a security app for players, and players keep each other informed of anything that might be going on .

 

“The only issue is that recently, and I mean in the past couple years, is the frequency of the [terrorist] attacks that have happened here and are very unfortunate.”

Swords says that in addition to what she has learned about language, people and culture, playing abroad has made her a better basketball player.

 

 

Every player would love to just stay in the states and play one season and one season only and have an off season where they could get to work out really hard with some trainers and a nutritionist like LeBronThere’s no break. I think that would be great if somehow someway they could figure it out where we can just stay here. It would help with the wear and tear on bodies. And it gets harder as you get older.

Not only do WNBA players not have the kind of offseason break that NBA players get to enjoy, the two leagues also have very different pay models.

Forbes magazine had a  salary breakdown of WNBA and  NBA players,who  enjoy about 50% of league revenue while it’s estimated that WNBA players receive less than 25% of the revenue. Average salary in the WNBA starts at  $50,000 and caps at $110,000 for the good players. In comparison, the average starting salary for NBA players is about $550,000.  WNBA Most Valuable Player, Sylvia Fowles, only made $109,000 for a season is on  on the higher end scale of pay.  WNBA superstars like  Diane Taurasi and Fowles earn just 20% of an NBA superstar’s salary.

 

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Competing While Pregnant-Nutrition For Female Athletes

Sheryl Swoopes’s Pregnancy Changed Professional Sports

During the 1997, basketball star Sheryl Swoopes announced that she was pregnant before the inaugural season of the WNBA, which she was widely expected to be the star of. Swoopes she came to her sport six weeks later, which while probably not a huge surprise to most women was unusual for female athletes at the time however. “I don’t know if anyone thought that was really possible until Shery did it,WNBA player Tina Thompson explained in a documentary about her friend Swoopes.

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But as evidenced by other female athletes, competing and training while pregnant is totally doable. “Pregnancy isn’t a disability,” said the managing director of sports medicine for the U.S. Olympic Committee, Mill Moreau, to NBC in 2012. Still, we have a long way to go yet before a pregnant athlete excelling at her job will be commonplace rather than cause for excitement, questions or scrutiny.

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Star beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings won a third gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics five weeks pregnant. Canadian curler Kristie Moore brought a silver medal at 2010 Olympics while five months pregnant. Malaysian shooter Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi was at the 2012 Olympics while eight months pregnant, and Alysia Montaño competed in the 800-meter race at the 2014 U.S. track and field championships while eight months pregnant.

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Learning the balancing act is the universal to all mothers who work outside the home. But she is also learning the finer points of being a professional athlete mom, for whom returning to the job means to physically rebuild your physical core 

Hartley started strength exercises a little more than three weeks after giving birth, when even a 20-second plank “was difficult at the beginning.” She was doing on-court workouts three weeks after that.

“One of the things for me is my core strength isn’t back where it was,” Hartley said. “And strength is something I had to work on a lot in general [even before pregnancy].

“But I’m the kind of person, if I set my mind to something, I’m going to get it done. I don’t think there was ever a moment of doubt, but you can get frustrated. Just because you’re used to doing something that seemed easy before, and now it’s a lot harder.”

There are aspects of the athlete’s journey to and through motherhood that can’t be simplified, and getting back into shape is one of them. But Terri Jackson, who took over a year ago as director of operations for the Women’s National Basketball Players Association, has been thinking about what could be improved for player moms.

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As part of the WNBA’s collective bargaining agreement, which was signed in March 2014 and runs through October 2021, players who get pregnant while under contract receive 50 percent of their salary while they’re out and have their medical expenses covered by insurance.

That’s helpful, certainly. Eventually, the WNBA players’ union and agents who represent the players are hopeful that the league might consider doing more, including in the subject of childcare. As these are all things negotiated in collective bargaining, the WNBA declined to comment, which is normal policy of professional leagues . It’s a topic the players’ union and player agents continue to discuss.

“The WNBA should lead or at least match the most progressive companies on policies relating to women and working moms,” agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas said. “It should be viewed as critical that a player can go to practice and a club can provide them with childcare, and that’s not salary-cap circumvention.

“I’m confident most clubs would want to do whatever they could to insure their working moms are supported so they’re empowered to perform at a high level.”

Never turn down a request of help

Players coming back from pregnancy are aware they have to push themselves through fatigue and annoyances. Their livelihood depends on it. Hartley got advice from two former teammates in Washington, Tayler Hill and Tianna Hawkins, who are both moms.

Hill had her son, Maurice, in June 2014, during her second year in the WNBA. Early in her career, she hadn’t had much time to establish herself. She was determined to get back on the floor for the Mystics that season; she played five regular-season games and one in the playoffs.

“I was kind of antsy because I was ready to play again,” Hill said of the latter stages of her pregnancy. “I found out I really love this game of basketball and want to play it for as long as I can.”

Hill said she doesn’t think of her mom responsibilities as burdensomeWe’re picking up this WNBA season where we left off last year: Minnesota and defending champion Los Angeles appear to be the top two teams. But New York and Washington might not be far behind.

“My son brings so much joy into my life,” she said. “He doesn’t care what I did on the court. He loves me the same way. I’m his superhero.”

That said, Hill and other players who are moms say they know they can’t do it alone. Players’ partners or spouses, family members, friends and teammates all pitch in.

“Don’t turn down help. It really does take a village,” said Minnesota guard Jia Perkins, whose daughter, Aalirah, is almost 13. “I don’t know how I’d do it without my mom and my family.”

Perkins took Aalirah overseas from about the time she was 2 years old. Most WNBA players go overseas to compete in the winter and spring. That can present additional logistical challenges for moms, but it also brings more options. Some teams/countries have more progressive policies in regard to childcare, and players can negotiate living space and travel expenses for their children and caretakers.

“She adjusted easily going to other schools overseas, and I think it was a great experience,” Perkins said of Aalirah. “But I haven’t gone the last few years. Now she’s in middle school, and I want her to have her core friends through high school.”

Perkins’ pregnancy was seen as a liability by teams when she was drafted. She was part of a very good 2004 class that included current Lynx teammates Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson, plus Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi and Los Angeles’ Alana Beard. All were top-10 picks, with Taurasi and Beard going Nos. 1 and 2.

But Perkins, who was about seven weeks from giving birth on draft day, wasn’t chosen until the third round, at No. 35, the fourth-to-last pick. Those are picks that often don’t make a roster.

Yet Perkins is in her 14th WNBA season. Talent-wise, she clearly belonged in the first round. But the fact that she was pregnant made teams see her as too much of a risk — even though a player from the same college as Perkins, Texas Tech, had proven that coming back from pregnancy was not an obstacle to being great in the WNBA.

Sheryl Swoopes had her son in the WNBA’s inaugural season in 1997 and went on to win three MVP awards. But that had no impact on how Perkins was viewed. She had to prove herself.

Women’s basketball has come a very long way since that first game at Smith College on March 21, 1893, with a major boost from Title IX passage in 1972. It’s no news flash that young women accidentally get pregnant, and Title IX regulations would seem to offer students some protection. They state that recipients of federal funds “must treat disabilities related to pregnancy the same way as any other temporary disability in any medical or hospital benefit, service, plan or policy which they offer to students. Following this leave, the student must be reinstated to her original starting position

Yet no uniform policy at either the school or professional level protects a pregnant athlete’s rights. The resulting insecurity, especially for athletes on scholarship, can cause women to hide their pregnancies or have abortions. Of course, the guys who get women pregnant suffer no repercussions, financial or any other way

Stepping into the void, Elizabeth Sorensen, a nurse and the faculty athletics representative at Wright State University, has become an authority on athletes and pregnancy. She created a policy for Wright State, and is now trying to build momentum for a comprehensive, proactive policy that focuses on an athlete’s well-being. In 2003, she submitted her policy to the NCAA, but the collegiate athletic governing body has not taken up the issue. The women’s community is taking notice, however. The Women’s Sports Foundation is about to release its own position paper on athletic competition and pregnancy, and the National Women’s Law Center has also begun to consider the issue.

No one pretends that it’s easy to return to play at the same level after a pregnancy. But for WNBA players, basketball is their job. Although a league veteran, Allison Feaster was still nervous when she got pregnant: “I was really concerned about just announcing my pregnancy and how it would affect my ability to stay in my job. I’d say put the pressure on the lawmakers to do their part so that we are protected.”

Darnellia Russell would love the opportunity to show a school that she has come back from her pregnancy. She is waiting for the phone to ring with a college coach giving her that chance.

No one wants to rewrite the collective bargaining agreement through a series of side agreements. But this is an issue where we could get league and union folks on the same page very quickly. Hopefully both sides could possibly carve out a side agreement on this issue until it’s time for the larger discussion about the entire document.

WNBA moms return to the fact that it’s the surrounding people who are so critical to making this work. Mothers Day is a celebration of them and all Mothers worldwide. But the WNBA’s moms give a lot of credit to all the people who help them.

 

 

 

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Women’s basketball has come a long way since that first game at Smith College on March 21, 1893, with a major boost from Title IX passage in 1972. It’s no news flash that young women accidentally get pregnant, and Title IX regulations would seem to offer students some protection. They state that recipients of federal funds “must treat disabilities related to pregnancy the same way as any other temporary disability in any medical or hospital benefit, service, plan or policy which they offer to students. Following this leave, the student must be reinstated to her original status.

There is no uniform policy at either the school or professional level which protects a pregnant athlete’s rights. The resulting vulnerability, especially for those athletes on a scholarship, this may cause some women to have abortions or hide their pregnancies. Conversely, the guys who get women pregnant suffer no financial repercussions or otherwise.

Stepping into the void, Elizabeth Sorensen, a nurse and the faculty athletics representative at Wright State University, has become an authority on athletes and pregnancy. She created a policy for Wright State, and is now trying to build momentum for a comprehensive, proactive policy that focuses on an athlete’s well-being. In 2003, she submitted her policy to the NCAA, but the collegiate athletic governing body has not taken up the issue. The women’s community is surely taking notice, however. The Women’s Sports Foundation is slated to release its own position paper on athletic competition and pregnancy, and the National Women’s Law Center has also pondered this important social issue.

None will pretend that it’s easy to return to play at the same level following a recent pregnancy. For WNBA players, basketball is their job. Even a league veteran, Allison Feaster got nervous when she became pregnant: “I was really concerned about just announcing my pregnancy and how it would affect my ability to stay in my job. I’d say put the pressure on the lawmakers to do their part so that we are protected.”

Darnellia Russell would love the opportunity to show a school that she has come back from her pregnancy. She is waiting for the phone to ring with a college coach giving her that chance.

Bria Holmes Will Miss 2018 Season Due to Pregnancy

Atlanta Dream second player Bria Holmes to miss the 2018 season because she is expecting but plans on returning to the Dream in 2019 stronger, healthier and ready to play. As a female professional athlete, it is hard to start a family while playing year-round but this little human inside of is truly a blessing .Image result for Bria Holmes

Atlanta Dream rookie Head Coach Nicki Collen said: “While I am certainly disappointed Bria won’t be in a Dream uniform this summer, as a mother of three, I also wish to congratulate her on starting her own family. This league is about celebrating the female athlete and everything that it entails. Bria is a big part of the Dream family and we will welcome her back in 2019.”

Initially chosen 11th overall by the Dream in the 2016 WNBA Draft, Holmes has averaged 7.6 points and 2.7 rebounds for her first two years in the WNBA. This off season, the former West Virginia University was a star playing in Poland for CCC Polowice.

 

 

 

 

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How To Increase Vertical Jump- To Jump Higher In Basketball

Any Man or Woman Can Learn How to Dunk a Basketball

There have been a few women who have dunked a basketball during a WNBA game, but its so infrequent and only a small handful of women have done it. Lisa Leslie and Britney Griner have threw down in a real match  .Maya Moore and Candace Parker  both dunked during  The 2013 WNBA All Star Game pre game warm-ups to name a few.

 

 

 

 

Most were over 6 feet tall and barely need to get off the ground to put the ball in the basket. If a point guard wanted to make a name for herself and secure a better than average contract all she would have to do is work on her vertical leap and start dunking right?. Seriously WNBA should give a 5k bonus for every dunk in a game until it becomes a way more common place. There are guys who are 5’5″ that can  dunk but women who are under 6′ aren’t even close. I know men are naturally stronger but a trained woman can out class many untrained men. So it’s totally understood that if more women were to practice how to increase the vertical jump early as in high school they could stack up against any male player in high school ,Jr College or a Div 1 A College for that matter .

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It makes sense but it is also something purely anatomic. Women and men have two types of muscle fiber:fast twitch fibers and slow twitch fiber. Slow twitch fiber are linked to our endurance and fast twitch fiber are important for human power. A man simply have a higher ratio of fast twitch to slow twitch fiber, providing them the ability to jump higher than when compared to a woman. Also, men are able to more muscles during motion.

The average height of a woman in the WNBA is 6ft (1.8288 meters). It wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow for a 6′ man to dunk. The disparity seems so wide it doesn’t make sense. For example, I get that the fastest male sprinters are faster than the fastest women for the reason of muscle fiber types and overall muscle strength due to testosterone, but the gap is not that  large as it may seem . It would be very hard to find 1, 16 year old male who can beat 99% of all women’s 100m sprint times records. Again I would assume the very similar anatomic factors would be at play in respect to sprinting and dunking (jumping), yet it would be a bit  easier to find at 16 year old 6ft male who can dunk better than 99% of all female pro basketball players who themselves average 6ft tall.

Anyone Can Learn How to Dunk a Basketball

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When it comes to the sport of basketball achievements we all hope to reach at one point during our lives, learning how to dunk a basketball is likely to be high on the hoops bucket list. For players those not being very tall, being able to touch that net could seem like a dream that’s just far too distant for you to ever truly get your hands on. However, average-sized men and women are just as capable of dunking a hoop as any other 6 foot plus giant. Dunking your first basketball can be an amazing and truly memorable accomplishment – but how do you go about training yourself to meet that feat?

How to Dunk a Basketball – The basic 3 Best Exercises for the Vertical Jump

Height is often considered to be the most crucial factor when it comes to honing your skill as a basketball player – but it’s important to remember that athleticism also plays a crucial role. There are a number of influential factors that can alter your ability to dunk a basketball – from how high they can jump, to how well you can throw. Just as a shorter guy is likely to have less of a shot unless he has some serious jumping skills, a taller guy won’t make the hoop either unless he has a little athletic ability.

Dunking isn’t something that everyone will be able to achieve with the greatest of ease, but most men – tall or short – do have a chance of pulling it off with the right training. Remember, no matter how hard you try – there will sometimes be variables that throw you off point. Sometimes, your legs aren’t up to the challenge, other days, you don’t have the right shoes for figuring out how to dunk a basketball, or the ball you choose is tough to grip. Whatever happens – don’t let yourself be worn down.

Start with Building your Strength

Being in shape is a fantastic way to begin your journey towards becoming a dunking high-flyer, there are a number of specific exercises that you can keep in mind when enhancing your fitness. Most experts suggest that when you’re learning how to dunk a basketball, you should start with building your basic strength level. This is something that can be done through a number of common leg exercises, such as:

 

 

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Once your core strength has started to build, you can increase your vertical abilities by focusing on your power. For those unfamiliar with the term, power is defined as a combination of your strength and speed, the exercises that enhance these factors include squat jumps, bounding, skips, and anything that improves your leg power.

Get Ready for the Jump

The next step in learning how to dunk a basketball, is figuring out how to get as far off the ground as possible. Catching that net means propelling yourself off the floor with fantastic power – especially if you’re a little shorter than average. Usually, players can get highest from the ground when they jump from one foot and reach with one hand. If you’re right handed, this typically means propelling yourself from your left foot with the ball in your right hand. However, if you find jumping from both feet to be more comfortable, then you may find that this method works better for you – so don’t be afraid to experiment with techniques.

 

 

If you’re not sure about your athletic potential, try reaching the net without a ball to begin with so that you can get the hang of your jumping techniques. Hopefully, you should eventually be able to touch the rim, and this will give you a good idea of your ability to dunk a basketball.

Controlling the Ball

Once you’ve mastered your strength and your jump, the final step in discovering how to dunk a basketball effectively is managing your control over the ball itself. Handling the ball may seem like the easiest part of learning how to dunk a basketball, but unless you know how to palm the surface properly, you’ll struggle at the final moment – a lot of players find that they lose the ball at the last moment in mid-jump, making the attempt useless.

Be careful to focus and work at your skill – the chances are that you’ll get frustratingly close to the perfect dunk a number of times before you manage to get a clean one under your belt. Try not to get annoyed with yourself if you find that your fifteenth attempt wasn’t as good as your fourth – that’s perfectly normal. Simply work hard, keep training, and keep your confidence levels high – when you finally master how to dunk a basketball and get that amazing experience, you’ll find out that it was all worth it in the end.

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Ways To Improve Your Vertical Leap

For anyone that has taken part in the game of basketball, then improving your vertical jump is not only a necessity but a great benefit.Included are a number of tips and tactics that can be followed in order to improve your vertical leap.

If follow just a few of the tips here in this post they are guaranteed to produce results for you if you are trying forward to improve your vertical jump.

The first and the foremost thing that you have to do is measure your current jump so that you can track the improvement over time. After measuring your current jump, you should start building your lower body muscles which are primarily put to use while making a huge vertical leap.

Starting with jumping  rope is a super idea. Although it sounds so obvious or not that glamorous, though, if you really become consistent with jumping rope, it is certainly going to help build your leg muscles.

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Ensure that the floor is hard and that you are performing the exercise for at least 15-20 mins per day. Squats are probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of improving the strength in your leg muscles.

Continue training your lower body is your ultimate goal to improve your vertical jump. And nothing can train your legs better than the squats. Beginning with three sets of ten squats is what is recommended and you are supposed to increase the reps and sets with the passage of time as the stamina develops. In order to build your calf muscles and enhance their strength, a simple exercise of standing on your tips and complete foot alternatively for 15-20 minutes per day is recommended.

One should be raising slowly to the tips of the feet and then slowly moving back to the normal standing position. Performing the exercise in rushed manner will not produce the desired results. Must also mention here that weight training is destined to improve the quality of results that you may expect out of such exercises as far as improving your vertical leap is concerned. Some people however actually have ended up improving their vertical jump without having to weight train.

It is very critical that you are practicing the vertical jump several times a day and are trying to make use of your extended arms as much as you can to increase the momentum. Rest assured, now you know how to increase vertical jump. Practice makes perfect and that’s exactly what you are going to get.

Most professional sports leagues use vertical jump tests to evaluate their players. Interestingly, of all the tests the NFL put their players through; it’s the vertical jump test that most accurately predicts which football players will be most successful careers. Most athletes, specifically football players, learn how to jump higher, they’re honing their explosive power, and it’s that power that makes a successful athlete regardless of the sport.

A good program teaching how to jump higher generally starts off with recommendations on strength training, and what do strong muscles possess, if not power? The explosive part comes from learning how to release and apply that power quickly. Storing and releasing force, and suggests perfecting various landing techniques if you want to learn how to jump higher because it is in a proper landing that you are able to effectively absorb and redirect force for the purpose of executing an explosive vertical leap.

Exercises you choose to teach you how will only aid in your success. The most recommended Plyometrics exercises used tend to be explosive. That feature makes them useful because, by perfecting the exercises you’ll be perfecting form in general that can be applied to a good vertical leap. Various squat jumps, such as broomstick squat jumps and barbel, are extremely practical. Basic squats aren’t necessarily jump training but, if you are able to increase the barbells resistance you used to do them and still maintain proper form while performing them rapidly, basic weight room exercises can help you learn how to jump higher. Many plyometric exercises incorporate jumps and those, too, are effective for improving your vertical jump. Depth and box jumps, as an example, should be included in any higher jump program if you seriously aim to improve your vertical jump.

For Female Dunkers The Future Looks Bright. Regis Jesuit Girls Basketball Star Fran Belibi Is Transforming The Game With Dunks And Her  Above The Rim Athleticism.

 

Fran Belibi ,who is currently 6-1 and age 16, was a sophomore when she became the first ever girl to dunk in a high school game in the State of Colorado on Jan. 6, 2017. Also, repeated that again in the playoffs that same year. Let’s just say people took notice.

She’s only been playing the sport for 21 months “In Colorado, girls come to the games to watch me dunk,” she said. “It’s a huge honor for me. Girls need inspiration.

 

 

They take photos with me and want to meet me. The girls’ game has grown so much. With me showing that a girl can dunk in a game and that the game can be played at or over the rim, it can be opportunity for other girls to do it, too. All they have to do is put their mind to it.” Belibi, who won a gold medal with Team USA last summer at the FIBA Americas U16 championships in Argentina, explained her own mindset on how she can tell if the time is right to dunk. “I try to get my footwork correct. It’s usually three dribbles from half court,” she said. “Then I have to concentrate on keeping the ball in the hoop so it doesn’t pop back off the back iron.

The feeling of you being that high off the floor, over 10 feet, it’s just an amazing feeling. It hypes you up, hypes your teammates up, hypes the fans up.” She is never is satisfied with her repertoire. “I’m working on different dunks, perhaps a two-handed dunk,” she said. “But that is a challenge because you have to get up even higher. You have to really get your legs into it. Belibi, only picked up the game of basketball as a high school freshman, still has a senior year at Regis Jesuit, and she wants to win a state title. Regis Jesuit lost in the state championship this past March to Grandview (Aurora). Beyond that, Belibi hopes to be chosen for the McDonald’s All American Games and the Jordan Brand Classic. For the dunk contests, Belibi is all in. “If selected, I want to be in the dunk contest with the boys,” she said. “I don’t think the girls should have their own dunk contest. I feel that there is more hype by having the boys participate.”

 

 

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New York Liberty Basketball End: Great New York Team Out of Sight Out Of Mind?

What exactly constitutes a proper environment for Professional Womens basketball?

On WNBA Draft day, the New Liberty brought even more University of Connecticut magic to the lineup by selecting 6-foot ...

The Liberty’s home opener against the Minnesota Lynx on May 25,2018 a high-ranking W.N.B.A. official sitting court side proudly remarked, “Who says women can’t play basketball?”

That question was tongue-in-cheek. But a more serious question emerged as Tina  Charles and Maya Moore, both Olympic gold medalists and former league most valuable players, dueled inside the Westchester County Center in front of an announced crowd of 2,319.

What exactly constitutes a proper environment for women’s basketball?

The Liberty are searching for that answer as they attempt to create a professional sports atmosphere in a facility that has a sliver of the resources and reputation of Madison Square Garden, their previous home

New York Liberty Basketball training camp roster had depth of talent. The presence of champions from the University of Connecticut was to  increase with the Liberty’s top pick, Kia Nurse. She joins fellow Huskies alums Tina Charles, Kiah Stokes and Bria Hartley as well as an interesting blend of veteran talent who will be playing under former W.N.B.A. star and  first time head coach Katie Smith.

Could be a great season, maybe the best ever for the Liberty. The down side of things is a lot of Liberty fans will not be there to witness it. In November 2017, the MSG Company let be  known its intention to sell off the Liberty. By February, it announced that the company will remain to operate the Liberty till “the right new owner is found,” though the team will play its 2018, home games at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

The Liberty generally are housed and train in Westchester County, so now no longer have to travel into Manhattan for game days. Question is how many fans will  bother to make the trip? Popular belief is not enough required to cork up and fill the 5,000-seat arena

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Not so long ago the Liberty relocated to the Prudential Center in Newark temporarily for three seasons, 2011–13, while MSG was under renovation. The players felt dispirited. The fan support plummeted and it took some time after the team’s return to the Garden for a sense of energy and purpose to be recaptured.

For the WNBA to be all it can be, it seems essential to have a team play in the Big Apple at the Mecca of basketball. For Liberty fans to believe a championship is possible and to keep potential buyers motivated, play should have stayed in New York City. It’s a central point, able to draw spectators from the five boroughs, Long Island, New Jersey and Westchester. Yes, it’s expensive to be at the Garden, but it’s unfortunate no one could make that investment in order to cultivate the best possible future for basketball fans who have never stopped believing in the Liberty.

Fans of the Liberty found it so disappointing that the team will not be playing in the Garden (MSG). A long time fan said “the electricity and excitement during games at MSG were truly magical. We’re going to lose a lot of fans this season while I believe this is going to be one of our strongest teams ever. Let’s get back to the Garden ASAP”

The Liberty are searching for that answer as they attempt to create a professional sports atmosphere in a facility that has a sliver of the resources and reputation of Madison Square Garden, their previous home.

Team History: The New York Liberty Story

All-Time Overall Record: 371-325 (.533)
All-Time Playoffs Record: 27-36 (.429)
4 WNBA Finals Appearances (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002)
3 EasternConference Championships (1999, 2000, 2002)

  • On October 30, 1996, New York was selected as one of eight charter members of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).
  • Rebecca Lobo and Teresa Weatherspoon joined as the team’s first players and the franchise name and logo were introduced.

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But some local groups have embraced the Liberty, who are 2-3 here entering Tuesday’s game against Atlanta.3-6 overall. The Throgs Neck Thunderboltz girls basketball team attended as a group for the opening game, a few of the players returned with their families for the following home game on May 29. Girl Scout troops have repeatedly been in attendance early in the season.

Liberty’s chief operating officer,Keia Clarke said one of the reasons Westchester was chosen was that it presented a more feasible long-term business model for the franchise. “Playing in an N.B.A.-sized building is a challenge in itself. Even when we had dynamic nights and it was loud and strong, you get this sense it wasn’t 20,000 people.”

Most Liberty games at the MSG averaged around half the arena’s nearly 20,000-seat capacity, and ownership claims half of those tickets were given away.

The Liberty are not the only W.N.B.A. team downsizing.

Just like the New York Liberty the Chicago Sky also moved from this season the suburbs to a new, smaller arena downtown. 2018,, the Washington Mystics will move from Capital One Arena, home of the defending N.H.L. champions Capitals , N.C.A.A.’s Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball and N.B.A.’s Wizards ,into a 4,200-seat building in the southeastern part of D. C .

According to current W.N.B.A. President Lisa Borders said the league had been pleased with the fan response to the Liberty’s move.

“This move to a smaller venue has created an intimate and exciting environment for the passionate fan base,” she said. “Madison Square Garden, one of the world’s most coveted and arguably most expensive venues at which to hold games and events, was no longer fiscally able to play a full season of Liberty games given the economics.”

Venues that are smaller may lead to higher profits and noisier crowds, but optically it comes across that the W.N.B.A. players are getting dissed is hard to ignore.

June 5, 2018, the Liberty played at MSG, one of two 11 a.m. games there this season in order to draw groups from and summer camps and schools. It drew 7,215 in an 80-74 loss to the Phoenix Mercury .

“Our mind-set is the Westchester County Center is our new home,” Liberty guard Shavonte Zellous said. “Being in the Garden was amazing and we have to get past that.”

Asked if the team was looking to prove to current or potential owners that the Liberty deserved to be in a more spacious arena, Zellous exclaimed .

“I think years after years after years we’ve proven that we should be in the Garden,” she said. “We’re a professional team.”

 

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Fenty Puma By Rihanna-Puma Running Shoes

Performance vs Fashion 

Kendrick Lamar’s Nike Cortez Will Drop on Grammys Night

 

The hottest sneakers currently are both

The most coveted sneakers this year may be more suited for the runway than a basketball court.

Sneaker  lovers are being courted by an array of styles, celebrity collaborations, and innovative promotions as the billion industry sweats to win picky  buyers.

When it comes to the most popular shoes, celebrity and fashion often matter as much as function. Mega-star rapper Kendrick Lamar is collaborating with Nike. Producer and rapper Kanye West has a line of Yeezy shoes under the Adidas brand.  Fenty Puma By Rihanna, a sneaker partnership between Puma and pop star Rihanna, is among the hottest fashion focused shoes collaborations  at the moment.

Previously that boosted athletic performance were the sales champions just a few years back ,the all-stars this year are predicted to be sneakers focused  on style whle  improving a jump shot.

Fashion sneakers sales  are expected to grow 15% to 25% from last year, says  A.T. Kearney, a consulting firm.  Athletic sneakers sales “will see a downward dip, and their overall share of the sneaker segment will continue to decrease,” the consulting firm says.

 

 

 

A registered nurse in San Francisco who has been playing basketball since she was seven, still likes sneakers that have an athlete’s stamp of approval.

But, she says, “while athletes have been the pinnacle of advertisements for sneaker brands, the recent involvement of celebrities, especially musicians have propelled the popularity of sneakers by tapping into different demographics.”

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It’s a sharp contrast to the sneaker scene  when Air Jordan announced itself in 1985. The collaboration between Nike and legendary Chicago Bull Michael Jordan had tight grip on  industry sales and the cultural landscape for decades.Ever since then, players from Shaquille O’Neal,Kobe Bryant  to Le Bron James have had lucrative deals to propel their shoe own lines.

 

Rihanna rides a dirtbike on the runway at the FENTY

FENTY X PUMA collection

Rihanna rides a dirt bike on the runway at the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Spring/Summer 2018 Collection at Park Avenue Armory on Sept. 10, 2017, in New York. (Photo: Brian Ach, Getty Images for FENTY PUMA By Rihanna)

However today, it seems  the Yeezy, rapper Kanye West’s sneaker collaboration with Adidas, that comes closest to the type of frenzy that greeted the original Air Jordans a generation ago.

Everybody  wanted to be like Mike .Air Jordan was and still is  the ultimate goal line for any partnership between an athlete or even a musician.

These days everyone wants to be like Kanye. Anyone who is interested in fashion, everyone who’s interested in looking cool, wants to look like Kanye, and that means copping  a pair of Yeezys.

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The Adidas brand  itself says sneaker fans aren’t so much choosing fashion over athletic performance, as they are demanding a blend of both.Fickle consumers want an authentic, high-performing product that does its job on the field or the court but they also want it to look great, says Simon Atkins, brand director for Adidas America, “The products and concepts and brands that have tapped into that are the ones that are doing the best.”

Adidas is leading the way. As of August, 2017 the brand had 11% of all athletic shoe market share, second only to Nike, according to NPD. And while sales of basketball shoes made by several major brands nosedived  in August, Adidas’ sales during that month rocked up by more than 40%.

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No matter, Nike, which became the standard bearer for partnerships between sneakers and athletes, says those relationships remain central to its  core brand.

Puma Drops Racing Inspired Latest Fenty Line

 2018 Summer Puma Fenty Shoe Drop

Fenty Puma by Rihanna latest collection motorsport meets  beach chic theme. Rihanna’s signature beachy and badass style, a vibrant, hybrid mash up of high fashion,  sports and beachwear. Laced up lingerie meets Masculine motorsport gear. Oversize and androgynous silhouettes are paired with sexy skintight swim wear.

Ahead of  summer, the vibes continued to be in full effect with daredevil detailing , bold branding and splashes of neon for those party nights. It is a collection born to hit the beach and ready to make waves.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ The second drop of the SS18 FENTY X PUMA collection featured a mix of sneakers, apparel and accessories, and is now available on eBay. The range features new styles including the women’s AVID in three new colours – black, white and safety yellow

 

 

 

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Nike Air Monarch IV Review-Favorite ‘Dad Shoe Surprise Release

Surprise Release Of The Favorite ‘Dad Shoe

Nike  released a new design for the first year version of Nike Air Monarch IV  piggy backing the success  of the upgraded version of the M2K tekno. The new color scheme draws inspiration from the outdoor camping and uses military green leather to create a retro “Dad Shoe” shoe body, while the side has the world famous Nike Swoosh, and the “camping” logo on the tongue and the “1979” lettering are all eye catching. Finally, it is equipped with a thick white mid sole and a rubber outer sole.

Imagine your dad’s favorite shoe meets the holiday that celebrates the fathers? Behold the  Nike Air Monarch 4  is born hence  “Camp Vibes/Father’s Day.”

This new colorway covers the upper with an olive leather. Red detailing are seen on the tongue and heel loop, with the silo sitting atop a white mid sole with a gum bottom. Unique features of this release include premium chenille material branding and scout-style patches.

 Originally Nike Air Monarch IV believed to be releasing on Sunday, June 17 to celebrate Father’s Day, the “Weekend Camp out” time.

 

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The M2K Tekno By Nike Was Close To Being A Women’s Only Sneaker

 

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Nike’s updated Air Monarch, the  M2K Tekno is already beginning to hit retailers with an official release locked in for early next month. Ahead of the drop, Nike senior footwear designer Jin Hong is sharing insight on how the sneaker came to be  revealing that men almost had to sit this one out.Hong, who was also one of the few designers selected to work on the brand’s The 1 Re-imagined Collection

“The goal in designing the M2K Techno was to maintain the Monarch’s authentically bold stance while creating fresh features, thus revising what the Monarch could be for 2018,” Hong said in a press release.

The Nike Senior footwear designer also a  shared an interesting tidbit about the sneaker’s gender availability. “We designed the shoe for women, so it’s really refreshing to see men taking a keen interest,” she said.

Women had the first opportunity  at the M2K Tekno when it dropped May 5/2018  in the “Phantom/Oil Grey” colorway pictured below and a second volt and black style

 

 

 

 

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Nike Kyrie 4 Review Response-Power Is Female

Nike Kyries Are Among The Most Popular Worn In Game Shoes By NBA Players

According to a recent report from ESPN, Kyrie Irving’s signature shoes are among the most popular worn in-game by NBA players. The Nike Kyrie 3’s and 4’s ranked second and third on the list of most worn kicks during the 2017-18 season.

Nike Kyrie 3’s and 4’s models were sighted more than 50 times total during  the 2017-2018 NBA  season. They appeared on each team except for the Trail Blazers, whose guards are mostly signed to Li-Ning and Adidas, as well some  big men who  often wear other Nike models or the Hyperdunk.

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The Boston Celtics’ point guard is one of just eleven players throughout the league with a signature shoe produced by a major U.S. company, a testament to his popularity.

Bullying and Harassment of Nike  female employees

Previously Irving has used his sneakers as a way of  showing  solidarity with his female fans . Irving had  stated publicly that the Tiffany Kyrie 3 was female empowered.The brightly blue  colored shoe is “woman empowered, Tiffany inspired. Tiffany, of course, references the world famous  jeweler Tiffany & Co., that left its mark on the sneaker industry with a Nike Skateboarding collabos back  in 2005

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Nike is the middle of its own  scandal surrounding bullying and harassment of its female employees .That culminated with the exit of many prominent Nike executives as a result, one of its most prominent endorsers has a special pair of sneakers that send a pro-female message .The Nike Kyrie 4 Power Is Female

 

 

The Dropping Of The  Nike Kyrie 4

Styled  in total aqua blue colour all throughout the upper with orange detailing on the outsole and speckled midsole. The defining details of this Kyrie 4 are the writing across on the side panels that read “Power is Female” and “We Are a New Generation,” along with a  girl basketball themed logo on the heel. The Nike Kyrie 4 Power Is Female is slated to be  dropped around  June 15th for $120 retail .

Lightly colored  in an aqua blue shade, “Power is Female” and “We Are A New Generation” is written across the quarter paneling for a vibrant surge of empowerment. orange and White outsole tooling act as teeth sharking its way up the speckled midsole.

 

 

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Cheap NBA Jerseys-The Replica,Swingman And Authentic Types Of Jerseys

How To Know The Difference Between Real And Cheap WNBA / NBA Gear

Most rabid basketball fans are thrilled to get their hands on WNBA or NBA swag, but be mindful of cheap  jerseys. The WNBA and it’s partner the NBA are warning fans about knockoff merchandise that makes it tough to determine if your buying the real genuine  merchandise.

 

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Michael Potenza, who serves as the Vice President and Intellectual Property Counsel for the NBA, indicates that  there a few things to look for when buying official gear.

 

Ways to Spot The Fakes

Look for an WNBA/NBA holographic tag or sticker on the product. The buyer should also look for the names of an WNBA and NBA licensee like 47,NewEra, or Nike Brand on the item .

A cheap WNBA  and NBA T-shirt could run as low as $10 compared to an official that could vary between $20 to $40.

 

Usually  when you buy an official WNBA or  NBA Jersey, you will either be buying an  Authentic Jersey  , an Repica Jersey or an Swingman Jersey, but what’s the difference between these three types? Let’s break it down so that you know exactly what you’re getting when you purchase one of these types of Jersey.

Authentic Jerseys

An authentic Authentic Jerseys is a real copy of the WNBA and NBA jerseys that your favourite players wear on the court. These jerseys replicate the same fabrics, trims, cuts and aesthetic details that you would find on the actual jerseys worn by the players.

 

They  have  a single, or multi layer twill word mark, players name, numbers and logos, and the material of the jersey will be heavier than either the replica or swingman jerseys.

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The  Authentic NBA jersey is the closest version to a original, NBA game day jersey.

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Taking into account with regards to  the materials used and  fine  detailing  that go into designing  a authentic  jersey, you tend to be looking at a high price tag. This is really true of the throwback  or retro Authentic jerseys that bring older NBA jerseys back to life .

Replica Jerseys

A Replica jersey is the most basic type of fan jersey that you can buy. It has a very similar look and design to that of the WNBA or NBA jerseys that the players wear,  there are some important distinctions one should be aware of here.

Replica jerseys are screenprinted with a team wordmark, team logos and player name and numbers. WNBA and NBA Replica jerseys tend to be made of polyester mesh and have a wide shoulder, sleeveless cut. The broader  shoulder cut and simple screen printing are distinguishing features of a Replica NBA jersey.

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Replica WNBA and NBA Jerseys are  the cheapest style of jersey and while they are still made of quality materials and well put together, they are still the basic model, so prices and the relative longevity are not quite the same as other jerseys .

Swingman Jerseys

Swingman  Jerseys are a step up from a replica  jersey. They more accurately copy the features of an on court  jersey and, in the case of Swingman  Jerseys for current WNBA and NBA  teams and players, will be made of a more performance based material.

 

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Swingman Jerseys can include Hardwood Classic editions, as well as current WNBA and NBA jersey styles.  WNBA or NBA swingman Jersey will be made up of a sturdy,100% polyester mesh, and will have a 2” drop tail that mimics the jerseys that the players wear on court.

Swingman Jerseys will feature one layered  tackle twill front work mark, player name and numbers, unless they are from the 2015-16 NBA season on wards, in which case they will feature a heat sealed tackle twill front word mark, logo,players name and numbers that more accurately mimics modern jerseys worn by the female and male pro ballers These  elements are heat sealed and breathable that allows a better movement  jersey material feel for increased player comfort, while retaining a high quality appearance .

Swingman Jerseys also have a more athletic cut, with narrower shoulders and a slimmer cut through the body, when compared to a Replica Jersey. This more athletic cut is again truer to what WNBA and NBA players wear on the court.

WNBA or NBA Swingman Jersey normally will cost more than most  replicas.  The jerseys are made with a much  higher quality material and  a higher quality of design and manufacture .

 

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