MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 12: Napheesa Collier #24 of the Minnesota Lynx prepares to shoot a free throw during the game against the Seattle Storm on August 12, 2022 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)
Napheesa Collier manifested her career in the WNBA as early as high school.
The Minnesota Lynx forward discussed her love for sports and building her league, Unrivaled, with young fans who gathered at the Nike Unite store in Las Vegas for the WNBA’s All-Star Weekend. According to Boardroom, Collier expressed how life-changing the game of basketball was for her. “I love sports,” Collier said on the panel alongside several other WNBA stars. “Even if I weren’t playing, hopefully, I would still be around the game somehow.”
“We want to change the narrative around women’s basketball. We feel like it’s trending in the wrong direction,” Collier said. “You hear a lot of college players saying they’d rather stay in college because they’re making more money and they’re getting more exposure, and it’s true. That’s not good for our league. We want to continue to grow and change that.”
“It’s the ability for players to stay home, to be in a market like Miami where we can just be the buzz and create that with the best WNBA players,” Stewart said, explaining the players’ fight against the WNBA’s prioritization rule. “It is a rule that takes away our choices, which should never be a thing, especially as women, but it is still a rule,” she added. The rule interrupts overseas contracts because of the requirement for players to return by the start of WNBA training camps.
Source: Black Enterprise