Despite the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season and who is pulling out, there should be no asterik beside the eventual champions.
The WNBA have faced huge odds to even get their season going. They have had to find a venue which will house all the teams and then make sure that every franchise will play. There have been positive tests for corona virus and players pulling out due to health concerns and the usual injuries.
However, they have managed to negotiate all these obstacles and more, meaning that the season will start on the 25th of July. There will only be 22 games but it is still exciting that the season will go ahead.
Now the debate has started as to whether there should be an asterisk next to the championship. The reason people think there should be one is the amount of players who are not playing this season.
If that is the case then there should be an asterisk against almost every championship in the history of sport, not just the WNBA. Think about last season, the likes of Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and Angel McCoughtry sat out through injury. Should this put an asterisk next to the Washington Mystics championship? No, it should not.
The season before, would Emma Meesseman have changed the result in favour of the Mystics, which would bring the Seattle Storm championship into question. Again, no, it is the job of the champion to beat whoever is on the court for the season.
This is a fully fledged, if shortened WNBA season, and therefore is deserving of a champion at the season. Let us give the women who play their heart out in this shortened intese season the full respect they deserve. This is going to be a wild ride.