Mercury Stars Taurasi and Griner Relish Shared Olympic Experience

The UNITED STATE women’s basketball group skirmishes at the Flamengo Club in Rio de Janeiro. (Featured Picture by Jaclyn Chung/Cronkite News)

By Jonathan Saxon| Cronkite News RIO DE JANEIRO– In chatting regarding her leading performance in Group U.S.A’s triumph over Serbia previously today, guard Diana Taurasi saw a possibility making a joke at her teammate Brittney Griner’s cost.

“I’ve simply been the beneficiary of (Griner) not being able to rack up in the article,” Taurasi said with a sly smile as Griner snuck in beside her after practice Thursday. “So I’ve needed to do a little bit a lot more on the perimeter.”

However Griner fasted with a feedback of her own.

“Ask her who she desires, she’ll choose me though,” she claimed.

The two celebrities who normally spend their summertimes together betting the Phoenix Mercury are teammates on Team U.S.A at the Olympics for the very first time. Each brings a various point of view to the experience– Taurasi, the professional Olympian, and Griner, the rookie. Griner brighten like a child on Xmas in explaining exactly what the experience resembles.

“I love it. It’s simply various than playing in the WNBA. We’re using the most significant phase feasible, you’re betting your country,” Griner claimed. “And being around all these fantastic players, it brings out the very best in you, and I’m just satisfied to be right here. I enjoy to be able to march on the court.”

Griner likewise stated she’s trying to take it all in as a very first time Olympian, learning from the professionals in order to enhance her all around game. But she’s not aiming to transform a great deal.

“I really did not intend to obtain right here as well as do something different as well as screw up, that’s not what obtained me below,” she stated. “So I wish to do things that I understand I could do well.”

Other than the adventure of playing with the ideal on the planet, Griner claimed that exactly what she has actually enjoyed the most is seeing one more side of the ladies on her group, a side she does not normally reach see when they are opponents in the WNBA.

“It’s outstanding. That’s my preferred component, having the ability to spend time, play some card games, as well as joke on the bus,” she said. “You obtain to see homeowner in a different light, and also everybody obtains along. I discovered a couple homeowner are a bit funnier than just what I believed, we obtained some genuine jokesters on this group.”

Taurasi is at the other end of the spectrum from Griner. While this is Griner’s first advocate a gold, it is most likely Taurasi’s last. She has been a staple for the USA women’s basketball team considering that 2004. She is a bit more scheduled than Griner in discussing her Olympic experience, attempting to soak up as well as take pleasure in the memory.

“It does imply a lot since I am a bit older, it’s possibly my last one,” she stated. “When I reflect on it, you do not obtain many possibilities in this video game.”

She won three gold medals in her previous 3 Olympics– Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008, and also London in 2012. She simply damaged her own UNITED STATE Olympic record for three point shots made and tried, as well as she discusses the international online game with the kind of understanding that comes with encounter.

“The international online game occurs in different ways,” she said. “The means we check out basketball and also the way we believe regarding it is different compared to the way they call it, play it, live it. When you watch the Olympics you could see that a bit. There’s a whole lot much more that goes right into it.”

However although she’s been below before, she still relishes the chance to represent the USA at the online games and assumes her objective for having fun is bigger than herself.

“When that national anthem starts there’s nothing much better,” Taurasi stated. “You’re playing for all the people that play basketball back in the United States, which there’s absolutely nothing better than that.”

Though this is their very first time discussing the Olympic phase, Taurasi and also Griner have been teammates since 2013. They won a title along with the Mercury in 2014, establishing a WNBA record with 29 normal season wins.

“There’s nothing I could tell BG that she does not have an idea already,” Taurasi claimed. “She knows exactly what requires to be done to win, which’s what I love concerning BG. I do not need to tell her anything.”

Well, possibly just one point.

“Except for her time limit every now and then,” stated Taurasi.

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