Woke Wednesday: Steph Curry Slipped So Stop Criticizing the WNBA

A couple of nights ago the Golden State Warriors went on the road to play against the Los Angeles Lakers and Steph Curry slipped while preparing to dunk the basketball. He then airballed a three and the sequence went viral on social media, with Curry being widely lampooned for the slipping dunk attempt and the airballed three point shot.

Here's that sequence if you didn't see it.

Well, the fine folks over at SBNation, where many of the wokest sports takes regularly dwell, decided to pounce on this Curry slip as evidence of why all WNBA criticism should end.

I kid you not.

Yes, the headline of the piece is really: "Steph Curry's failed dunk experience should silence WNBA critics."

The subheading continues: "The Warriors superstar tried -- and failed miserably -- to rise up for a slam in Golden State's win over the Los Angeles Lakers last night, giving us an opportunity to examine the hypocrisy of basketball fans who love Curry's game but hate the WNBA."

It gets worse from there.

But let's begin with the premise of the article, which appears to be this: one of the best players in the NBA slipped while attempting a dunk so you shouldn't be able to criticize the WNBA.

Seriously, that's the logical premise for this entire article.

Breaking this down further the logic is essentially this: someone failed in doing something that they ordinarily could do so you should not criticize something that has nothing to do with what that person was trying to do.

Put another way, this would be like me writing a column saying, "Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed a field goal against the Eagles so you should not criticize Nancy Pelosi for her stance on immigration."

I mean, sure, I could make that argument, but it would be totally nonsensical and the two concepts would be completely unconnected to each other.

Notwithstanding this tremendous stretch, SB Nation went all in to make the Woke Wednesday case.

Quoth the article:

"The important irony, of course, is that WNBA detractors like to claim the women’s game is boring because of the infrequent dunking in the women’s game. Meanwhile, Curry is the literal face of the NBA, having built a prominent career and amassed tremendous wealth on a largely dunkless game. Oh, the hypocrisy."

And his teammates even get excited when he dunks too.

So Curry can dunk, he's just not doing it that often because he spends more time doing what he does best -- shooting the basketball better than anyone in the history of the game.

The fact that Curry slipped while attempting a dunk truly has nothing at all to do with the WNBA.

But then we get to the real crux of the story.

The part where we try and make the leap to the wokest argument possible here.

"Society’s ability to embrace Curry but not, say Allie Quigley — who banked more threes in last year’s All-Star contest than anyone in WNBA or NBA history — reveals a striking double standard, underscoring that disdain for the WNBA was never about the lack of dunks in the first place."

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