Weidner’s Words: Pierce vs. Wade

Saturday marked a day in NBA Twitter that no one saw coming. If you were scrolling through the thread at all, you had to have noticed a weird theme in all the tweets. Saturday was the day that the entirety of Twitter turned on Paul Pierce. It started this past week when Pierce was asked on ESPN […]

Weidner’s Words: Load Management

In a recent interview with Frank Isola of The Athletic, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant discussed Zion Williamson and the current state of the Lakers. What was particularly interesting was his take on “load management.” Load management is a new term that keeps popping up for players who sit out games simply to rest. It’s […]

Weidner’s Words: Leadership in NBA Locker Rooms

For the first time since 2011, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics are dominating the headlines of the NBA. It’s not because they are the favorites to compete for the title like almost a decade ago, but rather because they seem to be stuck in an endless cycle of team dysfunction. Whether the coverage […]

Netflix’s ‘High Flying Bird’ soars, experiments with new media

Netflix’s attempt to control every second of our attention and free time continued this weekend with the release of Steven Soderbergh’s “High Flying Bird” (2019). The film takes place over a span of 72 hours as super sports agent Ray Burke (André Holland) attempts to help end a labor dispute between professional basketball owners and their players. […]

Weidner’s Words: Business of the NBA

NBA Twitter exploded over last week’s frenzy of trade rumors — most notably, Anthony Davis wanting to leave the New Orleans Pelicans. It all tipped off on Monday when Davis told the team that he wanted to be traded to a championship-contending team, and his agent Rich Paul informed the Associated Press that he would […]

Stat Talk: Harden’s Houston Revolution

If there’s any player who most defines the current state of NBA basketball, it’s the Houston Rockets’ James Harden. The prolific guard makes a living on the two most efficient shots in basketball: field goal attempts from the paint and shots from behind the 3-point line. Harden’s domination of the Rockets’ offense is historic — […]

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 […]