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Announcing “The W25” and determining the WNBA’s all-time GOAT

In celebrating the WNBA's 25th season, the league on Sunday (Sept. 5) revealed during halftime of the hotly-awaited matchup between the Las Vegas Aces and the Chicago Sky (ABC) "The W25" -- or the 25 best players in the league's storied history. Here are the players who made the exclusive list. ...

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. ...

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 | May 2021

SEIMONE AUGUSTUS DESERVED TO RETIRE 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? “Minnesota knows that they have a piece of my heart,” Seimone Augustus said, a tapestry featuring the logo of the Los Angeles Sparks undulating gently behind her. It was late into last week’s retirement press conference when a question by Charles Hallman, a longtime reporter for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder...

Seimone Augustus deserved to retire 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?...