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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 ...

The Hard Screen Newsletter | April 2021

THE HARD SCREEN NEWSLETTER | APRIL 2021 WHAT WE CAN LEARN ABOUT PROBLEM-SOLVING FROM SOUTH CAROLINA’S HEARTBREAKING FINAL FOUR LOSS (excerpt) “If we’re going to be able to execute on both sides of the ball, the score will take care of itself,” Dawn Staley said. “So, we want to work on creating very good habits.” The Gamecocks came out hot in this year’s tournament and looked especially sharp in their Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight appearances against the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets and the Texas Longhorns, respectively. But the weeds of inconsistency on layups had been growing since last season and carried forward into this one. And in spite of an otherwise well-executed contest, missed layups cost the Gamecocks a trip to the championship game, in gut-wrenching fashion. ''We got a pretty decent, two looks at it, layup, follow up,'' Staley said after the game. ''We just came up short. We lost the way we did and it's heartbreaking.'' The heartbreak, hopefull...