But out of all the ills that plague sports today, this is where you're going to make your stand? Over a promo during a timeout of an NBA playoff game? Or Lauren Jackson's making SportsCenter's top plays while the lads of Major League Lacrosse got ignored yet again?

And are we really going to attempt to have a serious discussion about the heinous nature of the NBA's bringing in WNBA players for one or two events during the annual All-Star festivities? As if watching Lisa Leslie hoist some shots ruins the artistic integrity of Steve Nash's jogging through a contrived labyrinth of plastic cones from the Dollar Store during the point guard skills contest?

Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings aren't the reason your life as a fan is spent navigating through endless commercials and promos. So stop jumping up and down on the WNBA for acting like a business.

There's no magic bullet in this argument. The WNBA is neither a cure for what ails society nor a ragtag underdog worth rooting for against the establishment. It's a business backed by the enormous power and money of the NBA, and it will ultimately succeed or fail based on its long-term ability to generate revenue.

But it's also home to about 200 of the best women's basketball players in the world. They fight through screens, execute pick-and-rolls and rotate on defense. They play basketball with skill and passion. And either you're interested in watching that, or you're not.

The rest is just noise.

Graham Hays is an editor for ESPN.com SportsNation when he isn't moonlighting for Page 2. He can be reached at graham.hays@espn3.com.



<<Prev Page 3 of 3        Single page view

Graham_Hays
Graham
Hays
WNBA ACTION