The NBA Board of Governors will discuss sponsorship of a women’s professional basketball league at its annual postseason meeting today.
The women’s league, which has been in the planning stages for weeks, is not expected to begin before 1997.
Last week in Paris, commissioner David Stern said that if the NBA got involved, “we would get involved in a substantial way.”
Stern had said he had no qualms about the NBA’s involvement, even though an attempt at a national women’s league failed years ago.
Ten members of the U.S. National Team, including Jennifer Azzi, Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes, have agreed to play for the American Basketball League, set to begin a 40-game season in eight seasons in October.
Pitino says no
University of Kentucky coach Rick Pitino said he considered an offer last week to assume total control of the New Jersey Nets. He ultimately rejected the offer and declared he would be back as UK basketball coach next season.
“They basically offered me the job,” the UK coach said. “I said I’d get back to them. I went home. I talked it over with the family.”
Pitino would not confirm the salary figures discussed except to say the Nets were “very generous.”