Following the Friday’s game in New York, the Comnecticut Sun, who broke a three-game losing streak with a win in Indiana on Wednesday, play Seattle at the casino on Sunday. The Storm are without both Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird for the season.
The Sun, Storm, Fever and San Antonio Silver Stars (without stars Becky Hammon and Sophia Young) are four teams dealing with the serious fallout from the WNBA’s dubious decision to cut the roster size to 11 players before the 2009 season.
What’s worse, that move was accompanied with a directive preventing teams from replacing long-term injuries until it reaches the “emergency” state of eight active.
Hearing what Brittney Griner said about how being gay allegedly made Baylor coach Kim Mulkey ask her to keep it a secret so recruiting and perception would not be impacted caused me to wonder something:
What is the current attitude in the WNBA about this? Do coaches worry about how gay and straight players may get along on the same team? Have they ever made a roster decision based on a player’s sexual preferences?
I had no clue whether I’d get a direct answer, let alone any answer at all. But ESPN’s Carolyn Peck, a former college and pro coach, Rebecca Lobo [you know who she is] and Bill Laimbeer, the former Detroit Pistons center who now coaches the New York Liberty offered what I thought we constructive honest answers during Monday’s WNBA Conference call: