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USA Basketball’s and the WNBA’s blind loyalty to a Bird and a bull

USA Basketball and the WNBA have worked hard for years to ensure the individual legacies of Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi. Such unbridled devotion, however, has come at increasingly steeper costs in recent years -- putting at risk the success of the teams they play for and denying other players the opportunity to chase their dreams. Seimone Augustus held this awareness of other players in mind when considering retirement. By putting "we" over "me," she surrendered ego and greed, and humbly stepped aside. Is it time for other players who've already fulfilled their dreams to follow suit? ...

The Hard Screen Newsletter | June 2021

THE HARD SCREEN NEWSLETTER | JUNE 2021 Dear Subscribers: This month's issue is jam-packed with content, including: x A deep dive into USA Basketball's and the WNBA's devotion to two players' individual legacies at the expense of other players' ability to chase their dreams x A sneak peak at Tamryn Spruill's official 2021 WNBA All-Star ballot x #HardScreens galore on: Kelsey Plum being snubbed for Player of the Week in the West; Derek Chauvin's mother (courtesy of DiJonai Carrington); and the most irritating contrived storyline of the 2021 WNBA season x A dose of (animalistic) whimsy  Thank you for subscribing! And I hope you enjoy these reads, clips, early peaks and more. -ts ...

2020 WNBA jersey sales show the old guard is finally getting its due

Sue Bird's jersey topped sales during the 2020 WNBA regular season suggesting the veteran Seattle Storm star, and other future Hall of Famers such as Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury (second in sales) and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks (third in sales), are gaining long overdue mainstream recognition. But what about the league's young stars like Breanna Stewart and A'ja Wilson, who will battle in this year's WNBA Finals for the Storm and Las Vegas Aces, respectively? Will culturally ubiquity come for them before they're teetering on the door of retirement?...

Hard Screen Newsletter Issue No. 4

In this edition of The Hard Screen Newsletter: Hello! Here’s What’s New, All-Screen Team: Flashy Rookie, Vets Dazzle Early, Why It Matters That Andre Iguodala Didn’t Say Aerial Powers’ Name, The Featured Screen: MERCH!, Podcast, Links & Things...

All-Screen Team: Chennedy Carter dazzles, Hollywood-style

The Hard Screen's All-Screen Team features five players who are dazzling in unexpected ways. The inaugural All-Screen Team (for games played through Friday, August 7) features Chennedy Carter (point guard), Betnijah Laney (shooting guard), DeWanna Bonner (small forward), Breanna Stewart (power forward) and Sylvia Fowles (center) -- all of whom pack plenty of All-Screen bling. ...