Sports Illustrated

Don’t Look Away

Let’s start here: my house, a couple of months ago, a good friend over for dinner and the conversation turning toward the article you’ve just started. This friend played sports at a high level, and he asked me, tentatively, whether he could explain why he doesn’t watch women’s sports. “Of course,” I said. “Let’s hear it.” I wanted nothing more than to understand why someone like him—an athlete, a millennial, a feminist—had never turned on a women’s basketball game. Or, more precisely, I wanted to hear why he believes he hasn’t.
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2021 WNBA Preseason Power Rankings

After a shortened 2020 season in the Wubble at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., due to COVID-19, opening day of the '21 WNBA season is Friday. As the league commemorates its 25th anniversary, one filled with iconic moments from players who paved the way for today's players and rising superstars, eight of the league's 12 teams will square off against one another on opening day.
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Key Players for Each WNBA Team in 2021

The WNBA is a star-driven league. A’ja Wilson and Liz Cambage for Las Vegas, Breanna Stewart for Seattle, Elena Delle Donne and Tina Charles for Washington, and Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner for Phoenix all top the odds to win MVP, and their teams are some of the early favorites to win it all. But it takes a complete squad to grind through the season and into playoffs. This group of players is less heralded, but could be the key to taking their teams to the next level. Here’s a look at the players who are indispensable for each team heading into the 2021 WNBA season.
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