For a brief period of time in its 10 plus year existence, the WNBA was actually relevant. All it took was the Malice in the Palace II to make it happen. I thought to myself after that fight, "you know what, maybe I should occasionally pay attention to this league now."
How foolish of me.
See, in the melee, one of Karl Malone's umpteen illegitimate kids, Cheryl Ford, tore her ACL and is now done for the season. Considering she's a big time player for the the Detroit Shock, the team obviously needed to bring in a quality player to replace her. Which is of course why today they signed 50-year-old Nancy Lieberman.
You're kidding me, right? Just when I was semi-sort of thinking the WNBA had anything worthwhile to toss my way, they do this.
You know my 86-year-old grandma can ball, too. Maybe if Lieberman gets injured they'll give her a call.
Now, perhaps I'm being a bit harsh. Lieberman is, after all, a Hall of Fame player. But she's pretty much always been old. I mean, when the WNBA started in 1997, she was the oldest player in the league then.
All I can say is this. When a league brings you back 10 years after you were the oldest player in the league, there's something seriously wrong with that league. As in it sucks. Big time.
Even worse, this isn't some stunt. Here's what Bill Laimbeer said about Lieberman.
"At last year's WNBA All-Star Game, our coaching staff watched Nancy run through the skills test. She was very impressive," said team coach and GM Bill Laimbeer. "We talked after that if the opportunity ever arose to sign her to a seven-day contract we might give her a call."If that doesn't scream desperate, I don't know what does. By the way, is it just me, or do you think Laimbeer would kill someone to get a coaching job in the NBA? I think he would.
Anyway, nice knowing you WNBA. Alert me when the next fight happens 10 years from now. You know, if you're still in existence.