Lesbian Professional Basketball Players and Coaches

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Lesbian basketball players have a considerable presence in the sport. Among the 25 players the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) identified as the league’s greatest of all time, nine identify as lesbian representing more than one-third. Household names in the sport include Sue Bird,Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner, Sheryl Swoopes, and Sue Wicks.

The vast majority of lesbian basketball players hail from the United States. This reflects the fact the sports home base is in that country and the only women's professional basketball league, the WNBA, is located in the United States.

American Carol Blazejowski, the now-retired coach of the WNBA basketball team New York Liberty, is considered to be the first lesbian coach of any professional sports team.

Wheelchair basketball also has a good representation of lesbian basketball players.

Lesbian basketball players have been members of Olympic Gold teams, World Championship teams, WNBA Championship teams, and National Championship teams. Similarly, lesbian coaching presence has been in all of these areas of the game. Several players and coaches have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.





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