Our WNBA team brings you the low-down on the women’s game, from interviews and analysis to game previews and recaps.
The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a professional basketball league in the United States. Currently composed of twelve teams, the league was founded on April 24 1996 as the women’s counterpart to the National Basketball Association (NBA), and league play started in 1997. The regular season is played from May to August with the All-Star game being played midway through the season in July and the WNBA Finals take place from the end of September until the beginning of October.
EA’s NBA Live series has had a rather tumultuous time since arriving on the current generation of consoles. NBA Live 14 was released on Sony’s Playstation 4 going up against NBA 2K14, which blew everyone away with a completely new engine and the most realistic graphics ever seen in a sports title. Live 14 was almost doomed from the start with a launch trailer that was universally panned online, graphics that looked like they belonged on the previous generation of consoles, questionable player likeness and slow, stiff gameplay.
The WNBA is at the pinnacle of what might be it’s best season in 22 years of activity. There was a fantastic race to get into the playoffs that saw multiple teams in the hunt for the final spot, we saw great early rounds where legends retired at the hands of their foes, and two Conference Finals that went the distance.
Women’s basketball is complex. The United States thinks it has the monopoly on James Naismith’s game, but when it comes to female hoopers, players can earn more in leagues around the world that have longer seasons, and some NCAA and international tournaments are held in greater esteem.
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