(WTNH)–Diana Taurasi is not a fan of Elena Delle Donne’s idea to lower the rims in the WNBA.
Delle Donne, a former UConn commit and the reigning WNBA MVP, told USA Today Sports last week that she thinks lowering the rims (to something like nine feet instead of ten) would be a great idea:
“I think it would bring a whole different aspect to the game and bring viewership as well and show the athleticism of our women,” Delle Donne said. “We do every single thing on that court that the men do, other than the dunking. And, obviously, there is a handful of athletes that can dunk.”
“But when look at other sports like volleyball, their net’s lower,” she said. “Golf, their tees are closer. It goes on and on. Tennis, they play fewer sets. Why not lower our rim and let every single player player in the league play above the rim like the NBA can?”
But Taurasi fired back on Wednesday–telling ESPNW’s Kate Fagan, “Might as well put us in skirts and back in the kitchen.”
While many women’s basketball purists may agree with Taurasi, and maybe even the notion that lowering the rims is somehow demeaning–the WNBA already does have some major rules differences from the NBA. First off, the ball is smaller. The shot clock in the women’s game is also 30 seconds, as compared to the NBA’s way-too-short 24, and WNBA players have 10 seconds to advance the ball in the backcourt as opposed to the NBA’s 8.
For what it’s worth, Delle Donne appears to have Geno Auriemma on her side.
The godfather of women’s basketball coaches came right out with the idea in a story by the Hartford Courant in 2012.
“What makes fans not want to watch women’s basketball is that some of the players can’t shoot, and they miss layups and that forces the game to slow down,” he said. “How to help improve that? Lower the rim.”
“I have Geno on my side,” Delle Donne said on Wednesday. “And I feel like having Geno Auriemma in your back pocket is always a great thing. If the greatest coach in the world believes we should do it, then we probably should do it.”