Diana Taurasi Rumors
This time, neither Lillard nor Ogwumike attempted to take a game-winning shot. As they filmed “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” the movie’s lead actor (LeBron James), other NBA players (Lillard, Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green) and WNBA stars (Ogwumike, Diana Taurasi) learned they could deliver both scripted and improvised lines. So just like when star players first become teammates, they experienced some initial hiccups. “Dame was mad because he said I was ad-libbing too much and I was speaking over his lines,” Ogwumike told USA TODAY Sports while laughing. “It was funny. In between takes, we would have a little bit of fun and banter.”
Taurasi, Ogwumike and Lillard delivered positive reviews with the finished product, which will be released nationwide on Friday nearly 25 years after Michael Jordan starred in the original. But when the NBA and WNBA stars filmed the Looney Tunes’ stand-alone sequel two summers ago, their new job required more than tightening their shorts, lacing their sneakers and playing hoops. “We’re basketball players. We’re not actors. So there were a lot of missed lines and miscues,” Taurasi told USA TODAY Sports. “It was fun to work through the kinks and finally get a scene done that they were happy with. It took a whole day to put together a scene that might take five seconds in a movie.”
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.