Morning Meltdown – Phoenix Mercury Edition

For this Morning Meltdown let’s take a look into the buzz surrounding the Phoenix Mercury and their Championship title.

The Phoenix Mercury are the 2014 WNBA Champions and they won their last game without the force that is Brittney Griner.

“But make no mistake — the Mercury wouldn’t be here without Griner. And where they go from here largely depends on where she wants to take them.

Diana Taurasi still appears to be in the prime of her career, finishing second in this season’s MVP voting. But she is 32 years old, with countless miles on her body from playing both in the United States and abroad, nearly year-round.

Eventually she will begin an inevitable decline, and when she decides to retire she will hand the keys to the franchise over to Griner, a player the likes of which the WNBA never has seen before.

At 6-foot-8, Griner towers over most of her competitors, but she also possesses the athleticism and agility of someone a foot shorter.

Her rapid improvement in her second season has the Mercury believing she can be a dominant force in the league for years to come, helping to add to the team’s three championship trophies.”

To read more about Griner’s star potential, click here.

And in case you missed it and have been living under a rock, here is a piece highlighting the star behind the Mercury’s win!

“Of all the Diana Taurasis in the world, she’s the Diana Taurasi-est. Then again, there sure can’t be very many of them, in any sport. That’s how clutch, how fearless, how reliable Taurasi is. And she does it with a panache that is all her own.

The Phoenix Mercury won the franchise’s third WNBA title, clinching it with an 87-82 victory in Game 3 on Friday that at last provided some longed-for drama in the 2014 WNBA Finals. Of course, it took one of Phoenix’s major weapons, center Brittney Griner, sitting out after a procedure on her eye to help this be more of a fair fight.

Let’s be frank: This is a truly great Phoenix team, and the Mercury were led by a player who, at age 32, is on the very short list of greatest ever in women’s basketball. Taurasi scored 24 points — as did teammate Candice Dupree — and Phoenix completed what has been a remarkable season.”

To continue reading about Taurasi’s immense skill, click here. 

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