Stern believes we will see a woman player in the NBA within the next ten years, Phil chimed in on this.
InsideHoops: Lakers coach Phil Jackson doesn’t agree with NBA commissioner David Stern’s prediction that we’ll see a woman in the league within the next decade.
“That’s not going to happen,” Jackson said. “Without a doubt, women’s basketball has made great strides, but I can’t see it in 10 years. I think the boys are going to increase as much as the women do in those 10 years. That’s the way we’re evolving.”
Jackson said he learned of the difference between the sexes when he ran a youth basketball camp in Montana early in his coaching career.
He pitted state champion high school girls team against a group of middle-school boys that had never played together.
“(The girls) were all four to six inches bigger than these boys, and they got beat by 40 points,” Jackson said. “It was one of those things that opened my eyes to the differences. Even though the girls had skill and knowledge as a group and the boys hadn’t played together, they just trapped and pressed and did all kinds of things that changed the game.”