50-Year-Old Nancy Lieberman Signed By Detroit Shock
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This Would Be A Good Example Of Why No One Takes The WNBA Seriously

7/24/08 in WNBA   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect


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.
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7/24/08   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Todd wrote:
True, but stunt or not, do you think she'll just sit on the bench?  If that's the case, then why bother?  The WNBA will need A LOT more than that to save itself.  My guess is they're desperate to fill a hole.

I have no idea what their plans are with her. I know pretty much nothing about the WNBA, and I'd like to keep it that way. For all I know, she might be the MVP. The talent level league-wide is absolutely horrid, so who knows?

7/24/08   |   Todd

Pat wrote:
I would hope so... she's getting paid to do it. But I'm sure I could shoot a rifle a lot better than her... or speak Korean better than her... and I'll be able to do those things better than most people when I'm 50, too... but no one will hire me for those skills at that point. Her signing is nothing more than a publicity stunt... which is funny, because 95% of Americans STILL don't know who she is.

True, but stunt or not, do you think she'll just sit on the bench?  If that's the case, then why bother?  The WNBA will need A LOT more than that to save itself.  My guess is they're desperate to fill a hole.

7/24/08   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Todd wrote:
When it comes down to it, women's professional leagues may never have the staying power of their male counterparts, but one thing I'll bet a nickel on, is that this lady can "ball" circles around any of us, especially if she's stayed in good shape.

I would hope so... she's getting paid to do it. But I'm sure I could shoot a rifle a lot better than her... or speak Korean better than her... and I'll be able to do those things better than most people when I'm 50, too... but no one will hire me for those skills at that point. Her signing is nothing more than a publicity stunt... which is funny, because 95% of Americans STILL don't know who she is.

7/24/08   |   Todd

When it comes down to it, women's professional leagues may never have the staying power of their male counterparts, but one thing I'll bet a nickel on, is that this lady can "ball" circles around any of us, especially if she's stayed in good shape.

7/24/08   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

I've been spewing hate all over the WNBA for years, and people foolishly tried to argue that it was a legitimate sports league. I'm sorry, but when a 50-year old is signed to a professional basketball contract, that is a surefire sign that the league is a complete joke.