The Women’s National Basketball Association is about to embark on its 20th season, and to celebrate the landmark, the WNBA and adidas have teamed up to introduce a new look for 10 of the league’s 12 teams, including the WNBA’s local entrees, the Connecticut Sun and New York Liberty. The uniforms, designed in primary and secondary team colors, will replace the traditional white home and color road uniforms worn by most WNBA teams. Uniforms for the Los Angeles Sparks and San Antonio Stars will remain the same since both teams already use uniforms featuring primary and secondary team colors.
Team-specific 20th season patches will be featured on the front left chest of the New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and Sparks’ jerseys. In addition, all 12 of the league’s teams feature a special logo on the back neckline of their jerseys to commemorate the landmark season.
In addition to the uniform changes, Spalding and adidas have developed 20th season commemorative items. Spalding, the official basketball of the WNBA since the league’s inception, will introduce a new game ball embossed with the 20th season logo. The special-edition basketball will be available on WNBAStore.com in April and debut on-court during the WNBA preseason beginning April 29. Adidas will unveil a limited-edition 20th anniversary sneaker featuring a black, orange and white design inspired by the 20th season logo. Only 150 pairs will be produced, and will be used for league auctions and local team activations during the 2016 season. Adidas will also offer WNBA 20th season apparel, including T-shirts and headwear, on WNBAStore.com and at the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue for the start of the season.
The WNBA season will commence on May 14 this season. The Sun hold the third and fourth picks in the first round, and many mock drafts have them selecting Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck, both of the University of Connecticut. Breanna Stewart, perhaps the top player in the illustrious history of UConn women’s basketball, is expected to be drafted first by the Seattle Storm. The Liberty hold the No. 12 pick in the first round.
Both the Liberty and Sun will open on the road, with New York visiting the Washington Mystics, and Connecticut traveling to Rosemont, IL, to take on the Chicago Sky on opening night. The 2016 WNBA Draft will be held on April 14 at the Mohegan Sun, home of the Connecticut Sun. In addition, there will be no All-Star Game played this season, as the league’s best players will be attending the 2016 Summer Olympic Games to be played in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August. As a result, the league will suspend its schedule following its July 22 games, and will resume play on August 26. A total of 14 games will be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN2 this season. For a complete listing, please click HERE.
Whalen To Call T-Wolves Game
The Minnesota Lynx and FOX Sports North today announced that three-time WNBA Champion and former Connecticut Sun star Lindsay Whalen will join FOX Sports North as guest television analyst for the March 30 between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers. Whalen will serve as a second analyst for the entire broadcast alongside T-Wolves play-by-play announcer Dave Benz and color commentator Jim Petersen.The game will tip-off on FOX Sports North at 7:10 p.m. Central Time. Whalen will also appear on the Wolves Live pregame show.
About to begin her 12th WNBA season—and her seventh in a Lynx uniform—Whalen, a former University of Minnesota All-American, is the Lynx’s all-time leader in assists (1,072) and is third on the WNBA’s all-time list of career assists leaders with 2,033. She is one of only six players in WNBA history to have accrued at least 3,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in a career.