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WNBA is woman's world, guided by men

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WNBA is woman's world, guided by men

"We Got Game."

That's what the Women's National Basketball Association - or WNBA - promised when the league was formed in 1996.

It set out to prove that women play an exciting, team-oriented game - albeit with fewer egocentric chest thumps and high-flying dunks of the basketball than muscular male players deliver.

The WNBA has survived with little television exposure into its 15th summer, thanks to extensive financial help from the male professional league and solid attendance in a few of its markets.

Other cities have not embraced the women's game so well, however, and several WNBA franchises have folded over the years.

WNBA is woman's world, guided by men

While the women's pro game has been especially attractive to female fans - and an inspiration to female players who finally have a place to make a living at the sport - it has also drawn many male spectators, who say they appreciate unselfish play.

But an irritant for some in the league is that half of the 12 WNBA head coaches are men. Already this year, the Los Angeles Sparks franchise fired its woman head coach and replaced her with a man - the father of Kobe Bryant, the superstar guard of the LA Lakers men's basketball team.

Some of these coaches are former professional players who are using the women's league as an entrée to coaching. Others are retreads, having been fired from men's pro or college teams. They all say they love directing hard-working female players.

And what do women WNBA coaches think?

WNBA is woman's world, guided by men

"There are a lot of great women's coaches who haven't gotten a chance." Anne Donovan told the Washington Times newspaper a few years ago when she coached the Seattle Storm. She was replaced by a man, moved to the New York Liberty team, left for a college job, and was succeeded by yet another male head coach.

League presidents, who have always been women, are appointed by the male National Basketball Association's commissioner.

No woman has ever coached a men's NBA team or a top-level men's college team. So it's a sore point for some that a majority of the coaches of women who "got game" - and more than one-third of women's college teams - have deep voices, facial hair and, in quite a few cases, receding hairlines.

egocentric: thinking only about yourself and not about what other people need or want 以我为中心的;自私自利的

irritant: something that makes you annoyed or causes trouble 令人烦恼的事物;造成麻烦的事物

entrée: (in a restaurant or at a formal meal) the main dish of the meal or a dish served before the main course(餐厅里或正式宴会上的)主菜,主菜前的小菜

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(来源:VOA 编辑:实习生高美)