Portland has always been ready. Is the WNBA ready to embrace Portland again?

The WNBA commissioner has been mulling expansion and named Portland as a location they’re considering for a team. Now she’s coming to Portland on Monday.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Twenty years ago, women’s professional basketball bid farewell to Portland. The Portland Fire was Portland’s WNBA team for three seasons before the franchise folded after the 2002 season.

The team wasn’t very good — they won only 37 of their 96 games — but they were popular, drawing more than 8,000 fans per game to the Rose Garden on game nights, a number that would have ranked second in the WNBA last season.

The reason the popular

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