Yesterday, the Washington Mystics and Washington Wizards played games at nearly the same time, which is notable considering that the WNBA and NBA regular seasons generally NEVER overlap. We had two separate GameThreads for the games which generally went well.
That said, some people have decided to use the Wizards GameThread to troll the Mystics, asking us to stop covering them, in the middle of their 2020 season.
And here is my response: The Mystics aren’t going away from this site.
Even in an era where there are more sites covering the team and the WNBA, including Swish Appeal, SB Nation’s women’s basketball blog, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a place for them here. I certainly get that the WNBA’s and the Mystics’ increased coverage by many outlets in the last couple years can give a perception that WE don’t have to cover them. That said, most of these sites are coming from a general WNBA perspective while we have always written things from a Mystics fan perspective.
Also, we are dealing with a first: the WNBA and NBA regular seasons have overlapped, which came from the coronavirus pandemic. We are just going to have multiple previews, GameThreads and recaps going on with two teams. Given that the 2020-21 NBA season is tentatively starting in December, we can expect multiple Mystics and Wizards regular season game stories next year in the summertime.
Our Mystics content doesn’t generate the comments or page views that Wizards content does. But it is getting more page views and dedicated readers nevertheless. I am very proud to have seen its growth on the site for the last six years.
In 2016, then-Site Manager Jake Whitacre and I wrote in detail about the Mystics’ place below.
You can consider this statement a further affirmation that they are a valuable part of Bullets Forever.
Thanks, and let’s carry on.