If you don’t know who Geno Auriemma is, I don’t blame you. I happen to know who he is cause I’m a sports fucking nerd who also happens to be the youngest AAU coach to ever qualify a team for the Nationals. Geno Auriemma is the head coach of UConn’s Women’s Basketball team. They are one of the greatest sports organizations of all time. Granted they play hoops against other chicks, but still those ladies are so fucking dominant. Back before I found out how dope weed was, I spent pretty much all of my free time coaching a AAU team in Queens + BK called the Lady Jokers. My little sister was the truth and her friends were nice. Dead ass there were a couple instances where I’d run a full with 4 chicks from like 12-14 years old and we’d wash dudes off the court.
Then my sister stopped playing and I stopped coaching. Then I got to NYU where I had the privilege of watching every basketball game the Women’s Varsity squad played. They were nice too. BUT that shit was so goddamn boring it’s not even funny. It’s just midrange jumpers and missed layups over and over again. I knew that I felt like this but then this morning I read this fucking beauty of a statement from Geno Auriemma:
“What makes fans not want to watch women’s basketball is that some of the players can’t shoot and they miss layups and that forces the game to slow down,” he said.
“How do help improve that? Lower the rim [from 10 feet]. Do you think the average fan knows that the net is lower in women’s volleyball than men’s volleyball? It’s about seven inches shorter so the women have the chance for the same kind of success at the net [as the men].”
“Let’s say the average men’s player is 6-5 and the average woman is 5-11,” Auriemma said. “Let’s lower the rim seven inches; let’s say 7.2 inches to honor Title IX [instituted in 1972]. If you lower it, the average fan likely wouldn’t even notice it.
“Now there would be fewer missed layups because the players are actually at the rim [when they shoot]. Shooting percentages go up. There would be more tip-ins.”
DO you know how many times me and wavebandana have talked about this? It’s the only thing that would make women’s basketball watchable. Lower the hoops to 7.5 feet. Bitches would be able to windmill and shit. No lie one of the most fun times I’ve ever had in my life was like 2 years ago. I was high as shit chilling with my boy Dorman. We were flipping thru channels and found the Liberty playing the CT Sun. It was the third quarter. Tie ball game. We decided to bet a dub on the game. We knew nothing about either team. We just chose a side each. That shit was like a triple OT game. It was fucking awesome.
Women’s Basketball on 7.5 foot rims would single handedly be the best sport to gamble on. I have no emotional ties to any team so I wouldn’t do dumb shit like bet $50 against the Pats just cause I wish Bill Belicheck would spontaneously combust mid bout of diarrhea. Can you imagine how amazing it would be to see someone try and posterize her +++>
God I’m excited already. Someone make this happen immediately. Someone get David Stern on the phone.
PS. THE ONLY PROBLEM I CAN FORSEE = The thing about Men’s + Women’s basketball is that they play on the same height hoop. Every gym you walk into can be played on by dudes and chicks. Now the WNBA would have no issue lowering the rims but even at NYU we couldn’t lower the rims. So basically this idea is a non issue and I just spent 8 minutes writing this for no goddamn reason.