Lakers’ Anthony Davis, Heat legend Dwyane Wade hopeful that the WNBA grow more, get recognition
Per Madeline Kenney of the Chicago Sun-Times, Davis and Wade were at the Wintrust Arena for the WNBA game between the Chicago Sky and Indiana Fever. Davis brought along some young basketball players with him — those who won tickets to the game after winning a scrimmage Friday at his camp. He hopes that the kids will realize how great of a league the WNBA is.
“I love watching basketball, my family is a basketball family and I thought it would be a cool thing for the kids to come in and watch the game of basketball as well from a different perspective,” Davis said Friday. “I’m not even sure most of these kids have ever seen a WNBA game before.”
Wade echoed his sentiments. He hoped that the cultural movements of today’s milieu will influence people to check out the WNBA. For Wade, some of the best basketball players in the world are in the women’s professional league.
“We love basketball. It’s some great basketball that’s played in the WNBA, just as well as the NBA and just as well overseas. I always say some of the game’s best players are WNBA players.”
“We want to see it grow,” Wade said. “We want to see it get there. It’s been 20 years. It’s been too long. Hopefully, the wave is coming in the time that we are. “Time’s up”, “Me Too” — all these things. It’s time for our WNBA women to get their just due and their recognition.”
With hopes of attracting a wider audience, the WNBA has recalibrated its whole production by hiring a new commissioner, unveiling a new logo, and inking new TV and sponsorship partnerships. It’s certainly a good move by the league. And with the support of basketball celebrities like Wade and Davis, the WNBA will get that additional boost.