WNBA Players and Community React to NBA’s New “Select” G League Salaries

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This week the NBA reportedly agreed to a new way for high school basketball players to begin their pro careers. They will be offered a “professional path” to the G League with select $125k base salaries, giving players an alternative to the “one-and-done” route.

It didn’t take long for the news to garner responses from the WNBA community. Players like Chiney Ogwumike, A’ja Wilson, and Brittney Griner shared their reactions on social media.

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Must be fucking nice coming out of college getting that. We def didn’t see any money like that till we went overseas. AWAY FROM OUR FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES AND HAVE TO PLAY YEAR ROUND. I’m not saying that the dudes shouldn’t get it. So you crazy internet want to be thugs and you men that think women should just be quiet you can just sit y’all silly lil a## down! Something has to give before ppl just say the hell with playing durning the summer, and just rest our bodies and play overseas only were we can make a living for ourselves! People forget that we do this to provide for ourselves and our families. We do this YES because we love to play ball and for the Game! However, I can’t write on bill for the love of the game and think it’s going get paid lol!

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The wage gap between NBA and WNBA players has always been a travesty, but this year it’s become more of an ongoing public conversation with players, fans, and even media speaking out.

WNBA star Cappie Pondexter suggested that players would be encouraged to engage in a formal strike if some of the league’s top stars led the charge, and has been vocal about the gender wage gap for pro female hoopers. WNBA guard Skylar Diggins-Smith wrote an essay on Wealthsimple about the subject over the summer.

Of course, these kinds of reactions from Wilson, Griner, and Ogwumike take even more precedent, because the salaries being offered to teenagers are more than the maximum contracts for WNBA players, which is nothing short of insulting.

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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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