The NBA and basketball worldwide grew an amazing amount under David Stern's stewardship. But in founding the WNBA in June 1997, Stern helped change women's basketball and the very landscape of women's athletics.
Although David Stern and Bill Laimbeer are known for so much more than their WNBA ties, their contributions to women's basketball have been quite significant.
Former WNBA president Val Ackerman, who was so crucial to the development of the league, is among six who will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame this Friday and Saturday.
New president Laurel J. Richie admits she has a lot to learn about the WNBA. But the marketing veteran's expertise will be vital to increasing sponsorships and ticket sales.
The next WNBA president will likely be someone with a proven business background -- and hopefully in place by the season tipoff in June.
NBA commissioner David Stern says Donna Orender's successor doesn't have to be a woman but should have a background in women's basketball.
Sure, the WNBA had David Stern's backing. But Val Ackerman's commitment was just as crucial.
To put it bluntly, there is nothing more idiotic than the idea of a WNBA strike.