Legend. Greatest of all time. GOAT. Best to ever play the game.
Mere words that barely scratch the surface of the basketball excellence fans should feel honored to have witnessed last night when Diana Taurasi drained a three-pointer that put her in the elite company of the fastest WNBA and NBA players to score 1,000 threes.
All players did it in under 400 games and only three human beings on the planet did it faster: Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.
For those in the back: Taurasi being the fourth fastest player to 1,000 points is a basketball feat — not a “women’s basketball” accomplishment. Adding in that just 13 months ago she claimed the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer title, Diana Taurasi is one of the best to ever play the game (man or woman) and, hands down, the best woman to ever play.
Phoenix Mercury (86) vs. Dallas Wings (78)
Any concerns about the Mercury’s championship hopes after two preseason losses to the Seattle Storm can be put to rest. Taurasi scored 26 of Phoenix’s 86 points in the win over Dallas. But DeWanna Bonner, in her first game since sitting out the 2017 season for maternity leave, made a dominant statement with a double-double performance. She finished with an impressive 17 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Brittney Griner, Leilani Mitchell and Briann January also had outstanding performances for the Mercury.
The Dallas Wings may have come up short in the wins-losses columns, but they clearly came to work, as Skylar Diggins-Smith professes in her Watch Me Work spot. As expected, Aussie Liz Cambage had a major impact on the game with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Diggins-Smith equaled Cambage’s scoring but also dished 9 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds. Glory Johnson and Kaela Davis also had strong performances for Dallas.
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- Leave it to Cheryl Reeve to think of everything. The legendary Minnesota Lynx head coach knows just what to do to prolong the success of an aging roster.
- We’re back on #BeckyWatch! It has been reported that the NBA’s Detroit Pistons have Hammon on their radar as the franchise seeks to fill its head coaching position.
- ICYMI: Diana Taurasi spoke with me recently about her partnership with BodyArmor, her grueling offseason rehab and training, veganism, motherhood, and what goal-setting looks like for a GOAT. For the foodies out there, she’s a fan of lentils, kale and beets! Yum.
- Could this be the last season of WNBA players in the airport boarding line? Let’s buy tickets and gear and watch on TV and Twitter to make it so. Here’s another look at air travel, WNBA style, starring Diamond DeShields.
- WNBA President Lisa Borders responds to the backlash over the league including Planned Parenthood in its “Take a Seat, Take a Stand” initiative. That a backlash even exists is a sad commentary on the state of the United States at this point in the nation’s history.
- Saniya Chong’s childhood bestie takes us behind the scenes at Dallas Wings shootaround — and beyond! I mean, a mall outing and cupcakes are involved, along with an Azura Stevens sighting.
- Maya Moore has previously stated her love of chocolate chip pancakes, yes with syrup, as pregame fuel before early afternoon games. Could some dietary changes be underway?
- Moore would need to look no further than rival Diana Taurasi for veganism pro tips. Rule #1: You can’t beat beets.
- Ahead of the 2017 college basketball season, two players left the University of South Carolina Women’s Basketball program for undisclosed reasons. Bianca Cuevas-Moore, who has been integral to the team’s success, sought a transfer but ... was pulled back in by the Gamecocks’ claws? No one can argue that Head Coach Dawn Staley gets results, but are her methods driving players away (whatever those might be)?
- A fan of FanDuel? Money prizes are on the line for WNBA fans! Can’t argue with money. Money is good.
- Meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex! No, this doesn’t have a thing to do with hoops, unless we consider the the three degrees of separation between Harry, who is pals with Barack Obama, and Obama, who is a hardcore hoops fan. In a society of preventable deaths and senseless tragedies, any reason to smile or marvel or rejoice is appreciated. Congrats to the newlyweds!
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