Derek Fisher

The WNBA has reached its 25-year mark and the talent level is expanding. Players like Candace Parker, Sue Bird, Dianna Taursi, and Lisa Leslie are examples of the continuous elevation in Women’s Basketball. The Los Angeles Sparks have several players who are out due to injuries, making other players step up their game. This shows passion, eager to get better and their desire for the game.

Derek Fisher head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks explains the reason he chose to coach in the WNBA. “I love the game of basketball and it’s a professional sport, rather it’s men or women, it’s professional level.”

Rookie players from various teams have stated the WNBA is different than the college level and they’re still trying to adjust to the changes. The quickness, recovering off a screen, the defense and playing against players like Brittney Griner, who stands at six foot nine inches. Even with the organization progressing there is so much more that’s needed to be done. Candace Parker, player with the Chicago Sky, states “How many times are we going to say it’s not politics? Like, I think we all know that, after finding out Nneka Ogwumike was snubbed from Olympics this year.

She said in 2018 she wouldn’t play for Team USA again and has not entered her name into the national portal for selection. Sparks’ coach Derek Fisher stated he was “pissed” about the snub, and it doesn’t make sense. The WNBA teams and coaches have been very supportive and active with speaking out on social injustice and certain things that need to be changed within the league.

Derek Fisher
Derek Fisher