Morning Meltdown – Phoenix Mercury Edition

For this Morning Meltdown, let’s take a look into some of the buzz surrounding the Phoenix Mercury from Brittney Griner to their secret weapon.

It was reported yesterday afternoon that Brittney Griner underwent an eye procedure following Game 2 against the Chicago Sky.

“Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner underwent an outpatient procedure to correct a retinal issue and will be a game-time decision for Game 3 of the WNBA Finals, the team announced Thursday.

Griner took two blows to the face in Game 2 against the Chicago Sky and suffered a scratched eyelid, chipped tooth and bloodied lip.

Griner, who finished the game with 19 points and four blocks, is under the observation of Mercury and Suns team ophthalmologist Dr. Jay Schwartz in Phoenix. She will be re-evaluated Friday morning and then join the team in Chicago.”

To read more, click here.

The Phoenix Mercury have an 11-year-old secret weapon under their belt.

“Mia, an 11-year-old from Phoenix, is on a first-name basis with some of the WNBA’s biggest stars these days. From her seat next to the Mercury bench as an honorary assistant coach, she holds up signs, greets fans and high-fives the players as they come off the floor. She even brought cupcakes to practice to celebrate DeWanna Bonner’s birthday a couple of weeks ago.

“Red velvet, chocolate, everything you could want,” Bonner said with a smile.

Three weeks ago, the Mercury “signed” Mia as an honorary assistant coach, and began making donations in an effort to help find a bone marrow match that could save her life.

The girl, who had never been to a Mercury game before their playoff opener against Los Angeles three weeks ago, has become a fixture. She signs autographs in the concourse, poses for photos, stands with the team during introductions and puts her head into the huddle. She is “Coach Mia.”

“You think you would meet a kid and she would be shy and not going to talk,” Taurasi said. “It’s Game 1 of the Finals, we are in our last huddle right there and everyone looks at Mia and she goes, ‘1-2-3 Together.’ She’s owned the moment.”

To read more about Mia, click here. 

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