Nneka Ogwumike says it would be disrespectful to lower rims in the WNBA


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.

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.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. Martin has work experience in digital media, radio, and journalism. He started a basketball blog and internet radio show in 2013 on Blog Talk Radio. Martin previously hosted the Knightcap show for WCTC 1450 AM covering the Rutgers Men's Basketball team. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, and All Hip-Hop. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU and a 1st-Team All-MAC Conference performer. Follow Mart on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries


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