Nancy Lieberman didn’t score last night, in nine minutes of action for the WNBA’s Detroit Shock. The team signed the former Olympian out of desperation, since nearly half their roster was suspended following that fight earlier in the week. By the way, she’s 50, was inducted into the Hall of Fame 12 years ago, and once served as the team’s coach and GM.
Lieberman did manage to rack up a pair of assists, and brought some more attention to a league that seems to be racheting up its P-R department this season.
She’s a pretty remarkable woman. Lieberman is now the oldest person to play professional basketball in the U-S. 32 years ago, she became the youngest to earn an Olympic basketball medal.. when she helped win the silver at the ’76 games in Montreal. In between, she became the first woman to play in a professional men’s league, suiting up for the Springfield Fame of the USBL, and even took on the Globetrotters as a member of the Washington Generals.
So, let’s hand it to Nancy Lieberman, the only professional athlete whose almost as old as my mom. Especially since Julio Franco retired.