NBA Commissioner David Stern predicted last week that a woman will play in the league within the next decade.
“I don’t want to get into all kinds of arguments with players and coaches about the likelihood,” Stern told Sports Illustrated. “But I really think it’s a good possibility.”
Stern, 67, who became the Commissioner in 1984, said he realizes that many people are skeptical that women could compete physically with men.
However, Stern offered the reasoning behind his belief and he cited examples of other female athletes who have flourished performing athletically versus men.
“If you look at world records, let’s say track and field, you’ll see how the women have moved up to what would have been records several decades ago for men,” said Stern, a graduate of Columbia Law School in 1966. “Watch the WNBA and you see the shooting percentages, the passing and the like. Basketball is a five-person game and you have zones and you can do a variety of other things.”