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.
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.
Sure, the WNBA had David Stern's backing. But Val Ackerman's commitment was just as crucial.