Diana Taurasi Rumors
Undoubtedly, Taurasi is the closest match for Doncic the WNBA has seen, with Candace Parker recording the two other seasons exceeding a similarity score of 90. (It’s also evident from the years involved that the WNBA hasn’t made the same kind of move toward heliocentrism.) Still, the Taurasi comparison doesn’t seem quite as apt statistically as the one to James for a couple of reasons. First, while Taurasi is tall for a WNBA point guard at 6-foot, she’s still shorter than the average player in the league. At 6-foot-7, 230, Doncic is bigger than the average NBA player. Doncic is also more of a triple-double threat than Taurasi, who has only one season (2009) rebounding at better than a league-average rate. Conversely, Taurasi’s career-high 55% 2-point shooting in 2013 was relatively more impressive than Doncic’s 57% mark this season because the league average mark was so much lower in the WNBA at the time.
Earlier this summer, Damian Lillard joined LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Diana Taurasi and a host of other professional NBA and WNBA players, as well as the likes of Don Cheadle and Sonequa Martin-Green for the filming of Space Jam 2, the sequel/remake of the Michael Jordan vehicle, which was originally released in 1996. James takes the lead role this time, with Lillard presumable picking up one of the roles filled by Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and Larry Johnson in the original.
Their first collaborative PSA called for people to register to vote. Now that we’ve reached Thursday’s voter registration deadline, the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury posted a second PSA to encourage voter participation for the Nov. 3 election. Mercury All-Star Diana Taurasi and Suns All-Star Devin Booker are featured in this second PSA along with Frank Kaminsky III, Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson.
As the “orange hoodie” has become inextricably linked with the 2020 WNBA season thanks to a campaign that got it in the hands of high-profile public figures, a team has found success using a similar model. The Phoenix Mercury dropped a Diana Taurasi “GOAT,” the popular substitute for “greatest of all time,” T-shirt just before noon ET on Sept. 2. Just minutes later — two, according to Twitter — the team’s website was “clogged,” COO Vince Kozar said.
Even for ever confident Diana Taurasi, the greatest scorer in WNBA history, it takes some nerve to wear a jersey with Kobe Bryant’s name and No. 8 in a game. Understanding the expectations that would accompany the decision, Taurasi almost didn’t go through with honoring her friend Bryant in that way Sunday on what would have been his 42nd birthday. “Even until the moment I put it on, I was still a little hesitant,” Taurasi said. “Then when I ran out there, I was like let’s go for it.
“There was only one way to play. I’m not talking about scoring points, I’m just talking about loving basketball and competing and putting that effort he taught me by watching him every single day.” The Mamba mentality that linked the two superstars until Bryant’s death along with his daughter Gigi and six others in a helicopter crash in January. Taurasi, nicknamed the White Mamba by Bryant, spoke at his memorial service in February and spoke loudly on the court in his honor Sunday with a season-high 34 points in an 88-87 win over Washington.