When you ask NBA commissioner David Stern what he expected of the WNBA when the league began in 1997, his answer goes a ways toward your judgment of departing WNBA president Donna Orender's six-year tenure.
"We had no projections other than to survive," Stern said Friday, after the announcement that Orender was stepping down and going to start her own business. "We wanted to be that island in a sea of sports-league failures.
"We didn't have an endgame in mind -- ...
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