Celtics' dominance, league expansion and competition — Inrookie center Bill Russell joined the Boston Celticswhich already featured guard Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbachand went on to lead the club to eleven NBA titles in thirteen seasons.
In their place, the Detroit Shock won their third championship under coach Bill Laimbeersolidifying their place in WNBA history before Laimbeer resigned early ineffectively ending the Shock dynasty.
The Comets ceased operations on December 1, after no owners for the franchise could be found. Bill Laimbeer After the seasonthe Cleveland Rockersone of the league's original eight teams, folded because the owners were unwilling to continue operating the franchise.
It's become such a ubiquitous, classic symbol and focal point of their identity and their licensing program that they don't necessarily want to identify it with one player. The Hornets temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City in for two seasons because of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.
The 22nd year—one many are calling the best ever—has seen personal and league records fall and the arrival of a stellar rookie class. The Shock won game five on their home floor.
When the WNBA opened play, it was obvious there was a strong gay community within the fan base. The promotion of Griner, Delle Donne, and Diggins helped boost television ratings for the league by 28 percent, and half of teams ended the season profitable.
Richie confirmed that this lockout would have no effect on the WNBA.