"Stern sees women in the NBA some day, within 10 years."
My first thought was to consider the angle on Howard's joke and why someone picked it up as a legitimate news story. Imagine my surprise when it was David not Howard who made the statement.
Now comes the part where I have to explain that I'm not a chauvinist and that I love women's basketball, blah blah blah. With your OK I'd like to skip that part for now.
The idea of women playing in the NBA anytime, within 10 years or beyond is ludicrous.
Why we as a society seem hell bent on making everything equal is beyond me. There is no shame in admitting that we are different.
Women are from Venus and Men are from Mars, remember?
Men, for reasons known only to God, an alien race, or some scientist who figured it all out but isn't sharing yet, are stronger than women. They are generally faster and can jump higher. They are, in short, athletically superior.
Sure, there are some women that could destroy a man in a mano-a-mano competition. I imagine Elin could take Tiger right now given all the motivation she has (Jamie, Mindy, Holly, etc, etc).
Women train better now than ever before. They are faster, stronger and much more athletic than their counterparts decades ago. They have the opportunity to participate in most every sport at most every level.
This is the best time to be a female athlete in history.
Tennis great Billie Jean King was asked to comment on the state of women's sports. She famously said that women's sports will have arrived when a women's team is accepted.
Today women can compete professionally in baseball, volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer. One could argue the level of acceptance of each but there is no argument that the opportunities are there.
We can thank Sports Illustrated Ian Thomsen for giving birth to this topic. His editors asked him for his thoughts on what the NBA might look like in 2020. He came up with this gem.
Stern, I can't help but imagine, was painted into a corner when asked about the possibility of Lisa Leslie posting up LeBron. He couldn't say no—imagine the backlash. A firm "yes" would have looked odd. So Stern called on his inner-attorney/politician and answered the question with as much detail and conviction as Tiger is addressing news of his never ending mistresses.
"Sure, I think that's well within the range of probability."
You don't think Stern chose his words carefully? Consider that probable is defined as "likely but not certain to be or become true or real."
Forced to comment the games biggest star is equally cautious. In a world where mispronouncing Iran can get you suspended, it's important to tread carefully.
"... 10 years? I think that's pushing it." said LeBron James
Not a no, not a yes. Its likely we will hear more of the same from the rest of the NBA.
Will we see women in the NBA in 10 years? No.
Will will see women in the NBA in 100 years? No.
Is it probable? Sure, when you remember the definition of the word, it is certainly probable but hardly worth discussing.
For the record I don't consider myself a chauvinist, but I imagine most chauvanist's don't either. As far as being a fan of the WNBA, sure I am. I love basketball and have enjoyed watching the level of competition rise over the years. Candace Parker is flat out B.A.
That's W–N–B–A, however, not N–B–A.