http://espn.go.com/espnw/voices/article/15090920/Fagan-why-lower-rims-women-basketball-flawed The "lowering the rims" conversation has returned after Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne told USA Today Sports that she's in favor of dropping the hoop height. The WNBA star pointed out that she's in good company: UConn coach Geno Auriemma introduced the idea during a 2012 interview. "I think [lowering the rims] would bring a whole different aspect to the game and bring viewership as well and show the athleticism of our women," Delle Donne said. "When you look at other sports like volleyball, their net's lower. Golf, their tees are closer. It goes on and on. Tennis, they play [fewer] sets. Why not lower our rim and let every single player in the league play above the rim like the NBA can?" Then Phoenix Mercury guard Monique Currie wrote on her personal blog: "When you watch a men's basketball game there is usually a dunk almost every other play and fans love it! They want to see players defy gravity. Fans want to see athletes do the impossible, do something that they most likely cannot do themselves and that is dunk the ball!" ..... then Fagan goes on to explain why there are some false assumptions on what fans want to see (Curry & Golden State's popularity has nothing to do with dunking), pragmatic issues (all those gymnasiums and playgrounds around the country couldn't even accommodate this), and the big reason -- it is a shortcut that lessens the sport and development of women's basketball. ****************************** Interesting and good arguments on both sides of this. Would it be a more entertaining sport with lower rims that would attract more fans? Would lowering the rims make sense by acknowledging - like volleyball has - that men are built taller and with more ups so stands to reason that the sport accommodates that? Or would lowering the rims just make women's basketball a poorer brand of men's basketball instead of a sport to appreciate for the very different thing it currently is?