Women s national basketball association history and

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.

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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.

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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.

Women s national basketball association history and

Their success would continue into the following season, which concluded with their victory over the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. McCoughtry led her team to the Finals for the second straight year, but despite breaking her own Finals scoring record, the Dream was swept for the second straight year, this time by the Minnesota Lynx , which won its first title behind a fully healthy Seimone Augustus. The Lakers won the title by winning Game 7, 83— After the season, President Orender announced she would be resigning from her position as of December The two teams would meet for a rematch in the following year's Finals, where the Spurs defeated the Heat in five games. By the end of the regular season , nine of the twelve teams in the league had increased attendance over their averages. The level of play seemed to be evidenced by higher scoring, better defense, and higher shooting percentages. This sale of teams also led to two teams folding, the Miami Sol and Portland Fire , because new owners could not be found. Penny Toler scored the league's first point. In , that number was Center Wilt Chamberlain entered the league with the Warriors in and became a dominant individual star of the s, setting new single game records in scoring and rebounding

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.

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Richie confirmed that this lockout would have no effect on the WNBA.

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