NBA / Nov 20, 2009 / 5:58 pm

Another WNBA original folds

Ticha Penicheiro

Ticha Penicheiro

Whether you hate the WNBA, you love it, or you can simply appreciate what it brings to the basketball landscape, no true ballplayer likes to see a group of their own suddenly out of a job, or a loyal fan base left without a team.

The WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs folded today. The Monarchs were one of the W’s original eight franchises, winning a league championship in 2005 and losing in the WNBA Finals in 2006. Ticha Penicheiro has been the heart and soul of the team, having been there since the beginning while racking up four All-Star nods and becoming the W’s all-time leader in assists. Yolanda Griffith and Ruthie Bolton, also legends in the women’s game, made their mark on the Monarchs. And more recently, Nicole Powell, Kara Lawson and Courtney Paris have been some of the team’s standouts.

From the Associated Press:

The decision was largely based on the Maloof family’s desire to focus all its energy and efforts on the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. Maloof Sports & Entertainment had owned both teams.

Now, the WNBA is left scurrying to try to find a new owner for the organization and a suitable market: with the most logical place being the Bay Area, perhaps in Oakland or San Jose.

League president Donna Orender said in a statement Friday that the league is in discussions with potential investors to relocate the Monarchs to the San Francisco area in time for next season.

Joe Maloof said his ownership group is now, “dedicated to bringing the Sacramento Kings back to championship caliber form.” The Kings have one of the NBA teams in financial trouble in recent years, with issues involving a potential new arena and rumors of relocation.

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  • quest???

    to be honest, nobody gives a shit

  • Judas

    So what about Courtney Paris promise now?

    Is she going to give back the scholarship money?

    If I am not mistaken, the amount is $64K (Oklahoma).

  • chebs

    so allen ivy aint comin to new york sux

  • Patrick

    The knicks should definitely sign iverson. Coaches vs cancer is on right now too.

  • ab_40

    funny that the only team that won a chip in sacto is on it’s way out and a team that came ever so close and is now a boddem cellart team is still playing for empty gyms

  • buck

    who the f are these people?

  • that’s whats up

    Can’t imagine life without WNBA.

    oh yeah, it’s called HEAVEN

  • Gunner J. Matthews

    As someone who is an occasional watcher of the WNBA, this is truly sad. I cant see the WNBA lasting another 5 or so years if this keeps up. Everybody that talks shit about the WNBA needs to off themselves. Its still basketball and the women focus more on team values and fundamentals and overall skill. At least 10 women in that league can be on any NBA roster right now and do better than some of the scrubs that get burn for no reason. Dont shit on it just because you dont like the product

  • Big Island

    Gunner – you are high if you think a WNBA player can hang with an NBA player and I don’t even hate on the WNBA. The league should fold, all of the players play overseas for way more $$$ anyway. It’s sad because they keep trying to pump it up as “pure basketball” and then turn around and market individuals in the NBA. It’s all lame.

  • Doug

    i enjoying watching guys highschool basketball more.

  • Doug

    gunner your an idiot no girl in the wnba is making it on any nba roster…that’s ridiculous..it’s way too physical for them and they’re just light years ahead of them as far as the level of play. WNBA fans aka dikes get excited when a woman makes a reverse lay-up and they orgasm when anyone gets a crawl over the basket grab the rim dunk…shit is pathetic..

  • That’s whats up

    I could see co-ed locker rooms.

    Some of those chicks got bigger dicks than some NBA players

  • sh!tfaced


    AI and Starbury both need to get a sex change and play in the WNBA.

  • http://www.twitter.com/bfears bfears

    wow. im sad.

  • Ace

    Haters fall back. There is talk of the team getting moved to San Fran which could be a very smart move. Hope they market to the gay men as well b/c they have very deep pockets.

    When it comes to the w.basketball I believe that if some of the top girl ball players were trained the same as the top guy players it would change w.basketball and make it 10x better. Could you imagine what would happen if you sent Britney Griner to Lebron James basketball camp, hell send Candace Parker, and DT3 there too and see what happens.

  • http://www.bouncemag.com Casey Lee

    Damn. It’s a shame how the Maloof family just cut out a whole franchise. I guess it’s a decision based on the market though.

    Ticha will get some shine and minutes no matter where she goes. That’s been my wife since Day 1. Girl can play!

    Bay Area would be great location and something for the community to see too..

  • UncheckedAggression

    This is really sad to see and I hope they find a new home quickly.

    I’m just flabbergasted at some of the comments on here. I guess some folks just want to be dicks. But whatever.

    And Gunner–I’m sorry but your comment about some WNBA players being good enough to play in the NBA is so far from the truth that I wonder if you ever played ball. A good D2 men’s team could win the WNBA championship EVERY YEAR. It is not a fair comparison and I wish women’s basketball supporters would stop saying that crap.

  • s.e.

    This thread is mad enlightened (funny though).

  • Chris

    Wow, this is sad. I used to go to their games all the time in high school, when I lived in the Bay Area.

    However, UncheckedAggression makes a very sensible point. A D2 team would win the WNBA title every year (and with relative ease). And how many people do you know spend their hard-earned money and time watching D2 ball? I certainly don’t. In fact, I rarely if ever send a glance by a mid-major D1 game.

    Point is, in the grand scheme, the WNBA is a very low level of play. When I was a kid, I loved to watch the WNBA because I admired their skills and talents. But as I got older and more physically-developed and better as a baller myself, and I became less and less impressed with the WNBA gals, and my attention shifted to the NBA and big-time NCAA.

    I don’t hate on the WNBA at all — just indifferent to it. It’s not any fault of the players, who simply don’t have the genetics to keep up, but it’s not high-enough a caliber of play to attract my attention. I still support it in concept, but in the entertainment biz, you can’t expect a consumer to spend money and time on something that doesn’t entertain them.

    The above paragraph is the sentiment that the overwhelming majority of sports fans I know (male and female) have on the WNBA.

    However, oftentimes, an in-your-face WNBA loyalist would tell me if I don’t watch the WNBA, I’m mysogynistic or insecure about myself because women are playing. (Or tell my female friends that they’re weak-willed or pandering to men.) Furthermore, they’ll compound the tension by bashing the NBA and making false comparisons regarding defensive effort, overall effort, fundamentals, dunking and the “purity” of the game.

    I personally just laughed off these insults. But some of my friends (once again, male and female) became haters of the WNBA because of it. Many of the people I attended Monarchs games with in high school — the same people who along with I cheered at the top of our lungs — won’t get caught near a WNBA game today. I know of at least two people (one male, one female, different marriages) who I have gone to a game with while in high school who have kids now and are still sports fanatics, and won’t bring their kids to a WNBA game. I construe there are many others out there.

    In fact, on multiple occasions in the past few years I’ve had a chance to go to a WNBA game (work comp tickets, church mini-group outing) and considered not going (but went anyway) because I thought of past insults thrown my way.

    I imagine, through backlash, the general hater-ness (and, ultimately, a decline in the league’s popularity) is a direct result of the actions of some of the WNBA’s most faithful followers. I strongly believe the WNBA is doing the right thing marketing to families and kids (who, judging from personal experience, could enjoy the product before “upgrading” their fanhood to higher-level play), and that the league can thrive as a niche product if not for the radical behaviors of (what I suspect is a loud minority of) hardcore fans.