In the WNBA’s Early Days, Houston’s Comets Came Around Every Year

In the WNBA’s Early Days, Houston’s Comets Came Around Every Year

Cynthia Cooper, center, and the Houston Comets after winning game three of the WNBA Finals against the New York Liberty at the Compaq Center in Houston on September 5, 1999.On August 26, 2000, the Houston Comets won the WNBA title. This was no surprise; four seasons into the league’s existence, the Comets were the only champions it had known. But the game, the second in a best-of-three Finals against the New York Liberty, was nevertheless the purest form of sports spectacle: virtuosic, tense, and saturated with emotional subtext. The Comets were nearing the end of their league-defining run. Kim Perrot, the team’s beloved original starting point guard, had died the year before of cancer, and Cynthia Cooper, the Comets’ best player, had announced plans to retire after the season. Houston’s “Big Three”—future Hall of Famers Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes, and Tina Thompson—seemed motivated as much by a duty of remembrance as by competitive fire. They…View Original Post

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