Before celebrating its 25th anniversary season, which tips off Friday, the WNBA and its 144 players had to navigate the most unusual season in their quarter-century history. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic forced players (some with family), coaches and support staff into a bubble in Bradenton, Florida. Isolated but not sheltered, 144 players protested in unison after the shooting of Jacob Blake. They underwent daily testing for coronavirus. They practiced and they played. As depicted in ESPN Films' "144," which debuts Thursday (9 p.m. ET, ESPN and available immediately after on ESPN+) the challenges were both physical and mental.