Friday, March 1st, 2013 at 5:59 pm  |  29 responses

Phoenix Mercury Challenge Men to Give The WNBA a Shot

The Mercury are giving men in Phoenix a chance to see a Mercury game free of charge as well as holding tryouts for the team’s all-male practice squad—if you’re up to the challenge. From PhoenixMercury.com: “‘Basically, it boils down to people sitting on their couches at home that for some reason think they can play with WNBA players,’ said Phoenix Mercury Head Coach and General Manager Gaines. ‘That leads to a feeling that the competition is inferior. People play basketball and baseball all the time and think they could go out and play pretty well; but when they see them up close it’s a whole different story. I mean, people don’t look at football players or track & field stars and think they can do what they do. So I think it has a lot to do with society and how they view the WNBA. I’ve had a lot of people come up to me, especially when we were in the Finals, and tell me they had no idea the players were this good.’”

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  • roscoe

    Tamika Catchings > Mario Chalmers

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    I would love to see someone that leaves in the PHX area give this a try. NBK, up for the challenge?

  • Get off your couches and get owned by Diana Taurasi.. Yes she is that good!
    The NBA players respect the WNBA players and a lot of them are friends (Steve Nash&Taurasi, Jamal Crawford& Sue Bird for example) It’s time that others start respecting these women…

  • Chukaz

    Nash is a horndog. Dude’s just tryna get in her pants….

  • LakeShow

    1 vote for the nbk vs Taurasi challenge.

  • roscoe

    get off your soapbox.

    “It’s time that others start respecting these women…” – how are they not?

  • http://www.facebook.com/doe.columbus Doe Columbus

    Bet u can’t stop taurasi one-on-one guys

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I am down as long as I don’t have to miss work. No lie. I’ll look into it.
    But I am not stupid enough to think I’m going to be better than those women. I mean I have natural advantages, but in terms of conditioning and skill level, I know where I stand.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    2 votes!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    3 votes

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    I bet i could. for a couple posessions. No longer than before start sucking serious wind, though.and definitely not for a full game.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    WNBA teams don’t score enough points

  • 1982

    I’ll watch. Lets get League Pass on this

  • Lloyd

    Not doubting the ladies’ skills, but compared to the NBA why would anyone watch the WNBA? Slower games with (correct me if I’m wrong) almost no dunks? Pass.

  • underdog

    Just because professional women basketball players are better in their own profession then random men, it doesn’t mean the WNBA is going to be any more fun to watch. Maybe they can earn some respect this way but not a lot more viewers.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    You are a d0uche bag. No alive thing in the universe would want to get in your pants…

  • thesage

    Just put the Suns against them and people will begin to respect the Mercury.

  • RKJ92

    I THINK I could probably beat MAYBE half of them if I took them on the block but some of those woman are also 6’5 and 200lb so idk.. lolol with that though, it would be my speed/quickness against theirs.. I would try to beat them on the wing but my chances would be drastically different >.<'

  • RKJ92

    Taurasi is a beast lol, I’d just close out on her and give her no room to shoot from there I don’t think it would be that bad just as long as I didn’t leave her open once..

  • Max

    Dude, there’s like 5 dunks a game!

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    my junior year in hs i thought i was pretty good and could easly mop the floor with this female pro baller who was a friend of my coach….long story short i won but my pride n ankles still hurts jus thinking back on that day.

  • RKJ92

    0 dunks* — Till Griner starts playing.. I haven’t seen Candice Parker throw down in time.. lol

  • Max

    Dat baby fat.

  • RKJ92

    hahaha yeeee buddy!! with a Shelden Williams forehead brewing on that child.. it’s gonna be worlds of ugly if it takes after him hahaha

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    people till watch college basketball…i went to an illini penn state game a couple years back and the final score was 34-27…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    exactly, I understand if the only ball you watch is the NBA because it’s the best. But if you’re gonna say you don’t watch the WNBA because it’s not as good as the NBA, then you should also stop watching high school and NCAA ball. Some college games are downright gross.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    I don’t watch college basketball for the same reason actually.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    I only watch the NBA. The style if the NCAA is unappealing and the system is exploitative. However I have no problems with the WNBA. Many of those women are amazing players. But the total skill level and the style of play isn’t something that appeals to me that often

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hahahah phx is coming up with some ideas