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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 ...

Ranking the Rookies: A look at how the 2021 WNBA draft picks are performing

Injuries, limited playing time, trades and revolving-door roster spots characterize what many rookies of the WNBA's 2021 draft class are dealing with as they also try to level up to the speed, timing and defensive trends of the pros. One month into the season, Michaela Onyenwere, Aari McDonald, Charlie Collier and DiJonai Carrington have made invaluable contributions to their respective teams in double-digit minutes per game. ...