Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Amy Brittain at Louisiana State University writes about former LSU players playing in the WNBA and overseas. It's an article worth reading.
Brittain reports that the motivators for playing overseas are several: greater job opportunities, more playing time and most likely, a higher salary than will be earned during a WNBA season. The part about higher salaries seems to be true across the board, from the marginal players who can earn a decent living overseas to the WNBA superstars who can earn six-figure salaries playing in Russia.
However, there is a cost to it all. It's definitely work and not play. Players get to travel to lands where perhaps little or no English is spoken and where the winter weather is frequently sub-zero. Furthermore, European coaches expect that WNBA players will be automatic superstars for their clubs, and anything less than 20 point-10 rebound performances for their new clubs night after night is considered a disappointment. If you play in the WNBA and overseas, it all becomes physically and mentally tiresome.
It's definitely worth a read, so go check it out.