LBS- Jason Smith: “What’s your reaction when you hear UConn’s dominance isn’t great for women’s basketball?”
Breanna Stewart: “My reaction, personally hearing that UConn’s dominance isn’t great for women’s basketball – I don’t really want to believe that one bit. I think that what we are doing for women’s basketball is, we are growing the game. Yeah, you can say that some games aren’t competitive and that kind of stuff, but look at the way we are playing basketball. Look at what we are doing on the court and it’s sending a message to all the other schools that we need to get better, players need to get better before they come to college. It will continue to make them more competitive. I mean, if you look at the Final Four this year, there were three teams that have never been here before, so I would say that the game is definitely growing.”
Huh. Get Better? It seems so simple. If teams don't want to lose by 50 to UConn they should just get better at basketball. I don't know if this makes Breanna Stewart a brilliant basketball mind that's ready to take the reigns of her own college program at the ripe age of 21, or a disingenuous bitch that's undermining the efforts of every single coach in women's college basketball not named Geno. I think we'll give her the benefit of the doubt and assume it's the former. I don't know what her plans are for the future, but she would make a hell of a Head Coach. Can't imagine it would take more of a few years on the job before that "get better" philosophy really took hold and she was able to compete with the likes of her alma mater. I think she almost has to go that route. If she is really so concerned with growing the game then she has no choice but to instill her fool proof plan to give UConn legitimate competition.
In all seriousness, I don't think UConn should apologize to anyone. If I had won 4 consecutive National Championships I certainly wouldn't be saying sorry. However, Breanna Stewart can shut the fuck up with this notion that UConn is growing the sport. Playing a great brand of basketball doesn't grow the sport, people actually watching the sport grows the sport. If there's one thing I want to watch less than women's college basketball it's noncompetitive women's college basketball. Call it sexist if you so choose, but there was even a point in the middle of the season where it got old watching the Golden State Warriors - the most exciting team in ALL of sports - win games by the middle of the second quarter. Competitive balance is what sells tickets and draws eyeballs. That's why nearly every professional league - other than baseball - is primarily concerned with parity. Again, I don't think it's UConn's job to fix the talent disparity, but their players don't have to act like they are curing some college basketball cancer when all they are doing is the equivalent of giving their opposition atomic wedgies on national television.