By Huw Hopkins

Huw is a TBW staff writer who grew up in Wales and currently lives in England where he coaches a local basketball team. He loves all sorts of basketball: men's, women's, wheelchair, international, good and bad. He has bylines with the NBA/WNBA’s UK broadcast rights partner Sky Sports, has featured on Sporting News covering FIBA events and is a Lead Writer with UK-based basketball website and podcast Double Clutch. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @coach_huw where he often posts about how Tim Duncan was the best player of his era.

Sydney Wiese is Ready to be an All-Star for Loaded L.A. Sparks

While the recently re-upped Sydney Wiese plays on an LA Sparks team with Kristi Toliver, Chelsea Gray, Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker, the guard still has big ambitions. During a press conference to celebrate her freshly inked contract, Wiese said, “My aspirations as an individual are to eventually become an All-Star, and then…

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3 Key Youngsters That Must Take the Next Step

There comes a point in every NBA player’s career that will define how long they play, how successful they are as individuals and what their future looks like with their team. You have LeBron James in the 2012 NBA Finals, who took the step toward all-time greatness by embracing the leadership role on that first…

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Scottie Pippen was the Robin Who Could Have Been Batman

In 1992, Detective Comics issued #644, the first part of a Batman story called Electric City. At one point, Batman is killed by The Electrocutioner and Robin steps up to beat him into submission. Batman was eventually revived by a bolt of electricity and ultimately saved the day, but the brief period without the leading man…

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Revisiting 1992-93’s Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley MVP Race

During the 1992-93 season, Michael Jordan pushed his Chicago Bulls to their third straight NBA title. As mentioned in episode five of The Last Dance, the team was slogging coming off two back-to-back championships and finished with 10 fewer wins than the previous season. The media scrutiny was getting out of control, and there were rumors…

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How WNBA Players Stay Fit & Motivated Amid Uncertainty

“I was extremely exhausted going into that game. I tried to shoot around that morning, but I was feeling light-headed so I went to the hospital for an IV.” This was Connecticut Sun forward Theresa Plaisance, who played in China during the WNBA off-season. She could barely breathe in the week leading up to her…

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3 Things ‘The Last Dance’ Hasn’t Told You (Yet?)

One of the reasons The Last Dance has been so widely anticipated is the never-before-seen video content that was promised. Just two episodes in, there is still a lot to be shown from the culmination of the Chicago Bulls’ second Three-Peat, but while some of the information that has already been revealed, other parts have…

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Vince Carter was Often in the Right Place at the Wrong Time

With the NBA season over, no sports to discuss and the potential ending of Vince Carter’s career, fans and pundits have been looking back at his greatest achievements fondly. There is talk of his all-time dunk contest performance, the return to Toronto, the buzzer-beater in Dallas, the additional stops in Memphis, Phoenix, Orlando, and appreciation…

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The NBA I Grew Up Watching: The Quiet Superstar Versus The Showman

I don’t quite know how my brother got hold of those VHS tapes of Michael Jordan films and documentaries about the Chicago Bulls’ title-winning seasons… It’s not as if they were readily available in Blockbusters in the UK. The country was mad about soccer then, and where I grew up, in Wales, the dominant sport…

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Meet a Few of the Many Women Creating a Basketball Renaissance

Before being shut down by the Coronavirus, the many levels of women’s basketball were buzzing with excitement. Maybe it was the result of multiple exciting seasons—both past, present and future in the WNBA and NCAA. Perhaps it was WNBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement and its subsequent free agency—all portending greater player movement and empowerment. Maybe…

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