A Different Divine Nine: The Women Who Had Signature Shoe Lines Share The Experience From Getting The News Of A Deal To The Details Of The Design Process, These Special Players Recall Their Top Sneaker Moments

Every sneakerhead remembers their first favorite pair of shoes. While it’s been more than two decades in some cases, the short list of WNBA stars who received their own signature shoe during their playing careers can still recall every meeting, every last detail and the emotion that came along with the launch of their namesake sneakers. It all began with Sheryl Swoopes’ groundbreaking Nike Air Swoopes in 1995, with several…

September 23, 2021

Rebekkah Brunson: ‘I Feel Like People Who Are Actually Really Fans Of The Game, Respect My Game’ The Five-Time Champ, And Now Minnesota Lynx Assistant, Discusses Her Transition To Coaching, Pushing For Social Change And Her Impact On The WNBA

After the WNBA released its “W25” on Sept. 5, a “collection of the 25 greatest and most influential players in WNBA history,” many fans and basketball entities alike took to social media to voice their opinions on key players they felt deserved to be included on the list. One of the omitted names mentioned by most: Rebekkah Brunson. During her 15-year career in the WNBA with the Sacramento Monarchs and…

September 23, 2021

The Complete History Of Signature Sneakers In The WNBA Since The League’s Debut 25 Years Ago, Nine Women Have Laced Up A Shoe Bearing Their Names. Here Are Their Stories.

Rebecca Lobo tried. But even she couldn’t remember the entire list. In April, before the start of the WNBA’s 25th anniversary season, the retired hoops legend-turned-broadcaster took on a trivia question most can’t answer: Who are the nine players in WNBA history who had a signature basketball sneaker? “I’m surprised there’s only nine,” Lobo told The Undefeated. “Sheryl [Swoopes], obviously. I had one. … Did Dawn Staley have one? ……

September 22, 2021

Kristi Toliver’s Basketball Career As A Player And Coach Is Coming Full Circle The Los Angeles Sparks’ Veteran Guard Talks About Her Team’s Playoff Push And Her Future Coaching With The Dallas Mavericks

August 31, 2021

As a prep star at Harrisonburg High School, Kristi Toliver wore the No. 5 on her jersey because of Jason Kidd. So it was quite the full-circle moment for Toliver, whose basketball journey had since taken her from Virginia Ms. Basketball to NCAA champion to two-time WNBA champion to sitting across from Kidd via Zoom, along with former player and now vice president of basketball operations for the Dallas Mavericks,…


Sheryl Swoopes And The Legacy Of Her Signature Shoe Twenty-Five Years Ago, The Launch Opened The Path For More WNBA Players To Receive This Prestigious Honor

August 12, 2021

As the Tokyo Olympics came to a close over the weekend, the dominance of the U.S. women’s basketball team was on full display, continuing one of the greatest dynasties in sports with a seventh straight gold medal. It’s been a 25-year run of excellence that began with the 1996 roster which made its mark at the Summer Games in Atlanta. When the current faces of the WNBA donned a special…


‘The Queen Of Basketball’ Lucy Harris Finally Gets Her Flowers If The Name Doesn’t Ring Any Bells, Consider Yourself Ready To Be Schooled

June 29, 2021

She is arguably the greatest living women’s basketball player who’s never graced a Wheaties box. As a dominating center, she won three national titles. She scored the first basket in the first Olympic competition for women in 1976. She was the first and only Black woman to be drafted to the NBA (before the WNBA existed) — courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz. In 1992, she became the first Black…