Erica Wheeler path from a dangerous neighborhood in Miami all the way to the WNBA was atypical. From losing her mother unexpectedly to dealing with the realities of lower-level international hoops, her positive attitude is inspiring.
Tonight marks the 20th anniversary of the WNBA draft. Some things have changed over the years (the location, its allure) and some haven’t (the structure). The first league president (Val Ackerman) and former draftees took me behind the scenes at the draft.
The 1996 women’s Olympic basketball team didn’t lose a single game during its year-long tour, which culminated in a gold medal at the Summer Games in Atlanta. But its lasting legacy is the WNBA, which launched largely because of the success of the ’96 team. For a story published in Excelle Sports, I interviewed some of the team’s players and coaches, as well as other key figures, for their recollections of that incredible team.