SEATTLE -- Tina Thompson wasn't sure about this whole WNBA thing. She knew about the sad history of professional women's basketball in this country. The lack of corporate support. The absence of vision. The uninterested television networks.
An All-American at USC, she was a post player who was remaking her position -- facing up, stepping back, handling the ball, draining jump shots. But as she looked at her future in 1997, Thompson felt more committed to the LSATs than the WNBA. She was going to law school, not back into the low post.