Weidner’s Words: A changing league

Gregg Popovich, considered by many as one of the greatest basketball coaches in NBA history, took a surprising stance on the state of the league in a recent interview before a game in Chicago. Popovich, head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, told reporters that he believes the recent analytical trend in the NBA — […]

Kevin Love discusses mental health activism at The New York Times event

Content warning: This article discusses mental health. Five-time All-Star and NBA champion Kevin Love discussed his experience coping with mental health issues at a discussion in Cohen Auditorium on Nov. 29. Moderated by The New York Times sports columnist Juliet Macur, the talk was part of a series of Times-backed conversations, titled “Get with the Times,” dedicated […]

Weidner’s Words: Changing perceptions

Luka Dončić has had a breakout rookie year thus far, revitalizing a Dallas Mavericks fan base that hasn’t had this level of excitement since Dirk Nowitzki willed his team to the 2011 NBA championship with a performance for the ages. Dončić has created a highlight reel full of lobs to DeAndre Jordan and stepback threes that […]

Weidner’s Words: Around the JBA

This past year was the first year of the newest basketball league, known as the Junior Basketball Association (JBA). This league is the brainchild of LaVar Ball and Big Baller Brand, marketed as an alternative to the NCAA for players who wish to continue playing past high school but don’t want to go the route of […]

Postgame Press: Hot takes

Hot takes in sports are a reflection of hot takes in the world around us. We live in a polarized society. These days, foreign policy opinion leaders say that political polarization is the number one threat to the United States. More than nuclear programs and trade wars, it is our own polarization that could hurt […]

Postgame Press: Ultimate question: GOAT or BOAT?

This is it. Today is the day. To all my avid readers: I know you have always wondered how I feel about the Jordan-LeBron debate. You must wait no longer. Who is the GOAT? It is one of the most highly-debated topics in sports. It seems inevitable that this will come up when a conversation […]

The Coin Toss: NBA awards

Welcome to The Coin Toss, where I make bold predictions about your favorite professional sports. Let’s take a look at last week’s NFL predictions: Prediction Outcome Did I get it right? Jaguars 4+ sacks 1 sack No Panthers over Eagles CAR 21–17 PHI Yes! Baker Mayfield 300+ passing tards 215 yards No So 1-for-3 in […]

The Anti-Bostonian: The case against Jayson Tatum … right now

Just stop. Jayson Tatum is not better than Ben Simmons. Stop the homerism and hold onto this thought. Every October, basketball fans emerge from their hibernation like the first tinges of dew lightly coating the morning grass on Tufts’ Residential Quad. They traipse through the dew and find themselves with wet feet, now fully committed to the season […]

Weidner’s Words: Where select contracts fall short

The NBA G League made a major announcement this Thursday when it revealed its new “select contract” route. These are the $125,000 contracts that the G League will offer to elite high school prospects who are at least 18 but are not yet eligible for the NBA draft. Previously, recent high school graduates l had […]

Weidner’s Words: Mental health in the NBA

The past year in the NBA was highlighted by a variety of compelling stories, from Kawhi Leonard’s sudden rift with the Spurs to Bryan Colangelo’s burner Twitter accounts. Yet one story that didn’t gain the most news coverage but may end up leaving the most important legacy for the league is the emergence of a conversation […]