The WNBA is losing a couple of players at the end of this season, one of which - Tina Thompson, helped start the whole process. Katie Smith(pictured above) is also hanging up her shoe laces as a player. Smith who has provided leadership and great play to a host of teams and two professional woman's basketball leagues. Both players have dedicated their skills to the professional game for the last 17 years.
The question is will the WNBA miss having players like Thompson and Smith on the court every season. That answer is yes, but there is a bigger question that has to be stated as well. The WNBA will miss having "people" like Tina Thompson and Katie Smith on the court every season!
A Long Road - But a Great One!
Thompson was the first pick in the inaugural WNBA draft in 1997. No one can ever claim that title! She was also a nine-time All-Star... yes - count them - NINE times as an All-Star! Some players are mentioned as being on the roster once, if ever. Thompson did it nine times. One top of that she's a four-time WNBA champion.
She scored 7,000 points and she grabbed 3,000 rebounds and she's a four-time WNBA champion. Tina has been named to the WNBA All-Decade team, oh... did I mention Olympic Gold Medals? She truly is one of the best players to ever play the game.
Over the course of 17 years Thompson as helped her team, fellow players,
the league, her community and more. Yes, the WNBA will miss a player,
and person, such as Tina Thompson. It'sAmbassador. Competitor. Mother.
Legend. Tina Thompson.
More Than a Player!
Katie Smith has also played 17 years in professional basketball. She opted to join the no defunct ABL league as a rookie. The ABL lasted only two and a half seasons but Smith was a member of both Championship teams. She would also help claim two additional Championships in the WNBA and win four Gold Medals in the Olympic Games. She is the all-time leading scorer in U.S. professional women's basketball and a seven-time WNBA All-Star
Over the years she has become known as one of the most talented players on the court and seems to have enjoyed the fact that other players with more flash could come onto a team, grab the limelight, and then move on. Smith quietly gave her best to each team she played for while the so called "Star Players" came and went.
Two Class Acts!
Over the course of 17 years Thompson and Smith have helped their teams, fellow players, the league, their community and more. Yes, the WNBA will miss players, and people, such as Thompson and Smith but I look forward to seeing who steps to the front of the court to become leaders of the WNBA like these two ladies did.