Sunday, March 14, 2010

Don't Call It A Comeback.....But Does The WNBA Really Need Marion Jones And All Her Baggage?

I have always been intrigued by what Marion Jones could do in the WNBA, but that was before she was exposed as a drug cheat. I can't really say I'm a fan anymore, but I do think she has the right to move on from her seriously checkered past. Yet, with Jones now in her mid-30s and well over a decade since she last played organized basketball, I'm not sure what kind of game she's going to be able to bring to the WNBA.

And tons of press ink is going to go toward Marion Jones and her failures, which has absolutely NOTHING to do with women's professional basketball. The WNBA and the women that play in the league don't get enough publicity and attention as it stands now. Unless Jones comes in dominating, she should be treated as any other journeyman athlete, but she won't.

This signing is good for the small market WNBA team, the Tulsa Shock, but Jones will have to soar as a player for it to really pay for the overall WNBA. Right now, this is only a good deal for Jones, whether she plays well or not, she gets the chance to project a positive image and earn a salary.


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