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Seimone Augustus Deserved the Honor of Retiring a Lynx

Seimone Augustus Deserved the Honor of Retiring a Lynx

Like Lindsey Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson before her, Seimone Augustus was a key figure in helping the Minnesota Lynx win four championships in seven seasons. She deserved to retire in Minnesota, where she built her legacy and helped turn the struggling Lynx franchise into a dynasty. Her retirement press conference was filled with wisdom. And on her way off the basketball court, she showed uncommon selfishness toward younger players seeking to become one of the 144 lucky women to claim a roster spot in the WNBA. But the biggest question looms: Which superstars get to retire where they built their legacies and which do not?...
Review: Chiney Ogwumike’s “144” is a revolutionary work of journalistic art

Review: Chiney Ogwumike’s “144” is a revolutionary work of journalistic art

One-hundred and forty-four WNBA players entered a bubble in the coronavirus hotspot of Florida in 2020 engaged in a collective fight for social justice. Finally, we see the gravity of their sacrifices. From executive producer Chiney Ogwumike, ESPN Films and three other women filmmakers, "144" is a triumph of artistic and journalistic achievement. ...
Rick Welts Career Retrospectives Omit the WNBA from His Resume

Rick Welts Career Retrospectives Omit the WNBA from His Resume

After long-time NBA executive Rick Welts announced his decision last week to step down as president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors, the career retrospectives poured in. It's too bad, however, that the normalized erasure of the WNBA runs so deep that the league, now in its 25th season -- and Welts' award-winning contributions to it -- were erased from the myriad articles detailing his career....
Monarchs Stay Undefeated in Sacramento

Monarchs Stay Undefeated in Sacramento

When Joe Maloof announced in November 2009 that his family would be surrendering ownership of the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs, he claimed to be "bummed" about the decision and told reporters that the move was necessitated by the ownership group's need to focus full-throttle on the NBA's Kings. "This is our team that won a championship," Maloof told Aileen Voisin of The Sacramento Bee. "We love the Monarchs. But all of our efforts have to be on getting the Kings back to where they once were, and that takes our full commitment." Love, Maloof-style, apparently means forsaking your lone winning franchise for a struggling one, leaving players, coaches, staff and Maloof Sports and Entertainment employees out of work. The real dagger in the hearts of the players was the timing....
An Exclusive Look into the WNBA’s 25th Anniversary Season

An Exclusive Look into the WNBA’s 25th Anniversary Season

Twenty-five years since its inaugural tipoff, the WNBA is still here: "impossible shot after impossible shot after impossible shot." In the runup to this historic season, the WNBA has provided The Hard Screen with a first look into the ways the league will pay homage to the past and WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert discusses how the 2021 season is an investment in the league's next 25. ...
The Unforgiveable Sins of Kelly Loeffler

The Unforgiveable Sins of Kelly Loeffler

Now that Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler has been voted out of the Senate seat she was never voted into in the first place, does this mean she returns to WNBA ownership as if nothing ever happened? ...
Without WNBA Players, There’d Be No Warnock vs. Loeffler Runoff in Georgia

Without WNBA Players, There’d Be No Warnock vs. Loeffler Runoff in Georgia

In advance of the Tuesday, Jan. 5, special election that will decide which senators represent the state of Georgia and which political party controls the U.S. Senate for the next four years, your friendly reminder that there would be no runoff election without the players of the WNBA, who kicked Atlanta Dream co-owner and Sen. Kelly Loeffler in her political ambitions by campaigning for her rival, Rev. Raphael Warnock. ...
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