OK, so before addressing the controversy surrounding the use of the word “lame” in my earlier post (that one’s gonna take some time), allow me to share some videos I stumbled upon while gathering my thoughts on the WNBA. They’re all of women who can dunk. And, while I’m partially of the mind that women dunking might actually diminish what makes women’s hoops special, it’s still pretty cool to behold. So check it out (sorry—some of the footage is a little grainy):
First, Lisa Leslie with the first dunk ever in the WNBA:
It should be noted that in the very first WNBA game, when the league had a buzz going for it and with more people than usual tuned in from a national audience, Leslie had a chance to dunk on a breakaway fast break, and she blew it. I always wondered if, had she made it, the WNBA’s fate might have been a more successful one.
Next, we have current WNBA superstar and fellow dunktress (dunktrix?) Candace Parker, with the WNBA’s second dunk:
FYI: Parker is the one who just had a baby, and now all of a sudden the media wants to talk to her.
Next we have 6’8” Texan Brittney Griner, who plays for Baylor University. Griner has a great all-around game for someone her size, dunked regularly during her high school career, and—according to her father—might even hi 6’10”-6’11” by the time she’s done growing:
Finally, here’s Michelle Snow, who played for the great Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee. Snow was only the third person to dunk during a women’s college game: