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Unlike Simone Biles, Diana Taurasi and USA Basketball seem okay with risking the team a medal

The USA is not at its best with Diana Taurasi version 2021 on the team. After sustaining what appeared to be a hand injury in the early going against France, she asked head coach Dawn Staley to sub her out. On the sideline, she appeared frustrated with herself and clearly at war with her own body. It is a sight as painful to watch as the look of USA Basketball no longer dominating on the world stage, and putting its gold medal potential at risk because of loyalty to a few individuals over the good of the team. It is long past time for USA women's basketball to ensure that more players get the chance to realize their Olympic dreams....

The Hard Screen Newsletter | July 2021

In the July 2021 issue of The Hard Screen Newsletter, we dig into ESPN's bias towards UConn when it comes to the ESPYS, why the network owes A’ja Wilson an ESPY for Best College Female Athlete and the reason Caitlin Clark of Iowa should have won the award in 2021 instead of Paige Bueckers of UConn. We also examine the important lesson USA Basketball can stand to learn from Simone Biles. And we shared a sneak peak of A'ja Wilson's experience at the Tokyo Olympics. ...

2021 WNBA All-Star Ballot: An Arike, a Plum and two Courtneys in the backcourt

As a member of the national media voting pool, Tamryn Spruill was instructed to select six frontcourt players and four backcourt players for the 2021 WNBA All-Star Game. She based her decisions on her own viewing of almost every game this season and player stats, with heavy consideration given to the overall impact of players on their respective teams. Here are Spruill's picks!...