Brittney Griner Rumors
The chosen opponent? DeMarcus Cousins, the Sacramento Kings big man and fellow Team USA talent who has been ribbing Griner while on the cruise ship both teams are sharing. “I would love to just go out there and play against (Cousins),” said Griner, who has never played against NBA talent. “We talk a lot of crap to each other. I love talking to him. He’s really funny. I would love to just go out there and play against him.
“It’s almost like we’re the same person. As soon as I walk in the door, she’s at me. She says I’m a bum. She says she’ll kick my butt. It’s all in fun. She’s an incredible competitor. She’s an incredible player. It’s fun to be around the ladies and get to know them.” So does Griner have a chance? “She’s got some footwork, but I’m top dog,” Cousins said. “I told her she’s the third-best post player here behind me and DJ (DeAndre Jordan). She’s a little mad about that.”
Having joined Jeff Hornacek’s staff when his former teammate was hired to coach the Suns in 2013, West was recently invited by Jim Pitman, the Mercury’s general manager, to spend some time with Griner, and as of this week has been filling Lange’s old role as Griner’s pre-practice workout partner. “I’m just trying to teach her some subtleties, because she’s already talented,” West said after one such session Thursday. “She’s had great success without me ever showing up in the gym, so I can just try to pass on some of the little tricks of the trade that I know from being around the game for a long time, and incorporate it with some of the things she already does.”
The WNBA has been thrown into the national conversation about domestic violence and sports, and now is facing a decision involving sexual harassment. The league is reviewing the hiring of Isiah Thomas — once the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit — as president of the New York Liberty, an announcement that caught the WNBA president off guard. The WNBA was already immersed in a domestic dispute involving All-Stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson, who were arrested two weeks ago after assaulting each other at their home. How the premier women’s sports league handles both is drawing interest.
Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner and fiancee and fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson were arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct following a fight at their home in suburban Phoenix. The two 24-year-olds were booked into jail in Phoenix following their arrests Wednesday and later released. Agents for the players did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday. Officers arrested Griner and Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock, after a fight between the couple turned physical, Goodyear police spokeswoman Lisa Kutis said. No weapons were involved, and neither woman required hospital care for their minor injuries, Kutis said.