Basketball fans who understand the level of talent that exists and has existed in the WNBA are at constant subtle war with those who simply don’t understand the appeal of the women’s game.
More concentrated marketing and increased TV exposure are some of the more practical concepts discussed as ways to better emphasize the WNBA. Some fans, likely the ones who feel the game needs more appeal, argue that lowering the rims would make for more dunks, and thus, more excitement.
WNBA star Nneka Ogwumike was asked about the idea of lowering rims and gave a thoughtful response about its implications.
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) November 15, 2018
If you do your homework you’d see that more women are dunking on ten-foot rims anyway. Regardless, the women’s game is being played at an amazingly high level right now without seeing posters and breakaway dunks.
Ogwumike couldn’t have stressed her response any better. Lower rims would just be another way to try and make the women’s game more like the men, which isn’t needed. Also, consider how unfair it would be for the players to adjust to shooting on a lower basket, as Ogwumike noted, simply for the pleasure of fans who don’t want basketball, just entertainment.
For the sake of respect, this notion hopefully never becomes a consideration.