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PostPosted: 05/26/17 10:56 am    ::: You Don't Know Diana Taurasi Reply Reply with quote



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Taurasi, now in her 13th season in the WNBA, is poised to become the league's career scoring leader this summer. She is 144 points shy of Tina Thompson's record of 7,488 and might pass that in June, the same month she turns 35. The 6-foot guard also has topped 1,500 assists and 1,500 rebounds in the WNBA. Taurasi could stop right now and be considered by many the best player in women's basketball history.


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"And then for whatever reason, when Penny and I started dating, things just fell into place. It wasn't easy, though. We were playing in different countries for the first few years of our relationship."

Taurasi said she is forever grateful to coach Pokey Chatman, then at Spartak Moscow (and now with the Indiana Fever), for giving her the time to visit Taylor in Turkey during their respective overseas seasons.

"We would play and I would take a flight from Moscow to Istanbul, and Pokey would give me two days off," Taurasi recalled. "Then I'd fly back to Moscow. Practice for four days, play two games, Pokey would give me two more days off.

"It was commitments and sacrifices like that that made the relationship grow. Because it's like anything: If you don't put the effort in, it just kind of dies."


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Griner, who also played with Taurasi in Russia, has benefited as much as any teammate from Taurasi's presence, saying, "If I wasn't here in Phoenix, I would have been doing anything in my power to get here.

"Without Dee, I don't think I'd be where am right now. She's always quizzing me, teaching me, making me see more than just my spot, but the whole court, reading how the defenders are guarding me. She's really packed in a lot of information."


http://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id/19404256/so-think-know-phoenix-mercury-star-diana-taurasi-think-again



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PostPosted: 05/26/17 11:53 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Griner is basically Taurasi's puppy dog. I'm glad DT and Penny have a family pet now.



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PostPosted: 05/26/17 12:55 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Griner is basically Taurasi's puppy dog. I'm glad DT and Penny have a family pet now.


They already have Messi though Laughing



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PostPosted: 05/26/17 12:57 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Griner is basically Taurasi's puppy dog. I'm glad DT and Penny have a family pet now.



And Sammy P was basically AMD's lab rat for experimental reasons only i guess.



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PostPosted: 05/26/17 1:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Great read! For years Dee was my fave...but as Geno noted, much of the joy seems to have gone out of Dee's game. It's clearly there in the right circumstances -- she was wonderful to watch in Rio. But watching the Merc -- it's just not there most nights. And for that I'm sorry, as she was so fun to watch.


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PostPosted: 05/26/17 1:12 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Jet Jaguar wrote:
Griner is basically Taurasi's puppy dog. I'm glad DT and Penny have a family pet now.



And Sammy P was basically AMD's lab rat for experimental reasons only i guess.


Was that really necessary?

Granted, Jet's post gave me some mental images I could have happily lived without...



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PostPosted: 05/26/17 1:32 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Queenie wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
Jet Jaguar wrote:
Griner is basically Taurasi's puppy dog. I'm glad DT and Penny have a family pet now.



And Sammy P was basically AMD's lab rat for experimental reasons only i guess.


Was that really necessary?

Granted, Jet's post gave me some mental images I could have happily lived without...



It was not necessary at all , i stooped to jets level today . I felt the comment was not fair to BG so i went to the only place i knew would garner jet's attention Laughing



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PostPosted: 05/26/17 2:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Great read! For years Dee was my fave...but as Geno noted, much of the joy seems to have gone out of Dee's game. It's clearly there in the right circumstances -- she was wonderful to watch in Rio. But watching the Merc -- it's just not there most nights. And for that I'm sorry, as she was so fun to watch.


DT will most likely be in my Top Five Faves forever, but ya.....I see that, too. I'd be willing to bet that it's actually just a very Human reaction: she just married a marvelous person, and didn't even get a decent Honeymoon, LOL! After all the grind of hoops, I'd think they'd deserve a year or 2 away from that rat race. But. She's an adult. She's gotta create her own path in that regard.



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PostPosted: 05/27/17 10:12 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Using "You don't know Diana Taurasi" for an article title regarding a player who is rarely seen/heard from off the court is a weird choice. Fans not knowing her is mostly of her own doing.


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PostPosted: 05/27/17 11:48 am    ::: Good Article Reply Reply with quote

Booing Taurasi is a requirement. Heckling her is fun because, if you are clever rather than mean, you can get a grin out of her if she hears you. I was furious when she got the DUI because that is my reaction if anyone does that. However, I think it has been a privilege to watch her play and I think she might be the best ever.

And I have no doubt that there is a lot going on under the swagger.



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PostPosted: 05/27/17 11:53 am    ::: Re: Good Article Reply Reply with quote

It's unlikely that there will ever be a WNBA player I dislike more.


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PostPosted: 05/27/17 2:46 pm    ::: Re: Good Article Reply Reply with quote

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It's unlikely that there will ever be a WNBA player I dislike more.


I used to feel that way about an NBA player named Bill Laimbeer but than he bought me a beer. He's actually a nice guy Laughing Laughing Laughing



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PostPosted: 05/28/17 12:05 pm    ::: Re: Good Article Reply Reply with quote

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It's unlikely that there will ever be a WNBA player I dislike more.


Agreed. Hell of a talent though..



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PostPosted: 05/31/17 10:28 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Her competitiveness has never waned, though it sometimes gets her in trouble. Taurasi recently was suspended one game for a forearm to the head of an opponent. The hit wasn't very hard, more like a veteran sending a message to a younger player. The league opted to punish Taurasi, but most observers would say it was Dee being Dee.
Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Since when is hitting another player with a forearm being competitive smh. It doesn't matter how weak the hit was. Also DT wouldn't like other players being Dee towards her so Michelle plz stop.


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PostPosted: 06/04/17 5:24 pm    ::: Re: Good Article Reply Reply with quote

caune wrote:
PUmatty wrote:
It's unlikely that there will ever be a WNBA player I dislike more.


I used to feel that way about an NBA player named Bill Laimbeer but than he bought me a beer. He's actually a nice guy Laughing Laughing Laughing


Laughing Laughing Laughing



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Her competitiveness has never waned, though it sometimes gets her in trouble. Taurasi recently was suspended one game for a forearm to the head of an opponent. The hit wasn't very hard, more like a veteran sending a message to a younger player. The league opted to punish Taurasi, but most observers would say it was Dee being Dee.
Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Since when is hitting another player with a forearm being competitive smh. It doesn't matter how weak the hit was. Also DT wouldn't like other players being Dee towards her so Michelle plz stop.


I found this absurd, as well. Like we're supposed to find it charming, and 'Dee being Dee'. As a writer, this gives me second-hand embarrassment.


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PostPosted: 06/05/17 7:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

This now seems so heroic #SavingPrivateTaylor 😍😍😘😂

https://youtu.be/mr0LHzZz2m8



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PostPosted: 06/06/17 8:36 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

http://summitthoops.com/2017/06/05/diana-taurasi-tina-charles-wnba-players-week/

She's such a warm and fuzzy person! lol!

Vertsberger: Which young player reminds you of yourself?

Taurasi: I don’t think there’s anyone that nasty. But my favorite player in the league is probably Piph, and she wasn’t here tonight, so I was really disappointed in that.


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Her competitiveness has never waned, though it sometimes gets her in trouble. Taurasi recently was suspended one game for a forearm to the head of an opponent. The hit wasn't very hard, more like a veteran sending a message to a younger player. The league opted to punish Taurasi, but most observers would say it was Dee being Dee.
Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Since when is hitting another player with a forearm being competitive smh. It doesn't matter how weak the hit was. Also DT wouldn't like other players being Dee towards her so Michelle plz stop.


I don;t know, maybe you could ask Katie Smith, or Catchings, or Plenette or any number of other "competitive" players who've let their elbows connect with other players?



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PostPosted: 06/07/17 9:22 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

caune wrote:
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Her competitiveness has never waned, though it sometimes gets her in trouble. Taurasi recently was suspended one game for a forearm to the head of an opponent. The hit wasn't very hard, more like a veteran sending a message to a younger player. The league opted to punish Taurasi, but most observers would say it was Dee being Dee.
Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Since when is hitting another player with a forearm being competitive smh. It doesn't matter how weak the hit was. Also DT wouldn't like other players being Dee towards her so Michelle plz stop.


I don;t know, maybe you could ask Katie Smith, or Catchings, or Plenette or any number of other "competitive" players who've let their elbows connect with other players?


Caune come on. That elbow from DT was different then what she, Katie Catchings normally do. It wasnt even a basketball play. It was a dirty play simple as that. She got her punishment for it so it has been dealth with



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pilight wrote:



trying to figure out the importance here ? Im failing epically Laughing a little help ?



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trying to figure out the importance here ? Im failing epically Laughing a little help ?

Looks to me like a list of all the WNBA's top scorers.
(1997 would have taken quite some effort to put together)



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Luuuc wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
pilight wrote:



trying to figure out the importance here ? Im failing epically Laughing a little help ?

Looks to me like a list of all the WNBA's top scorers.
(1997 would have taken quite some effort to put together)


Aha thanks Luuc , looks like ruthie Bolton and coop/leslie were battling it out that first year. Then Coop took off , took a few years for lisa to catch her then eventually TT came into play now surpassed by the great DT! Wonder how long will it take for cappie or Maya to catch up if they ever do .



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WNBA 09 wrote:
Luuuc wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
pilight wrote:



trying to figure out the importance here ? Im failing epically Laughing a little help ?

Looks to me like a list of all the WNBA's top scorers.
(1997 would have taken quite some effort to put together)


Aha thanks Luuc , looks like ruthie Bolton and coop/leslie were battling it out that first year. Then Coop took off , took a few years for lisa to catch her then eventually TT came into play now surpassed by the great DT! Wonder how long will it take for cappie or Maya to catch up if they ever do .

I very much doubt Cappie will, since she is more than 1000 points behind, but Maya certainly has a chance. Her first 6 years aren't too far behind Diana's first 6, so just making sure she doesn't skip a year, and taking care of her wisdom teeth over the winter months rather than during the season, could be enough to give her the edge.



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Wonder how long will it take for cappie or Maya to catch up if they ever do .


The Warrior Princess held the All Time lead for almost seven years. Before that LLL held it for a little over nine. Before that Coop had it for four and change.



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PostPosted: 06/19/17 10:33 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Tina Charles is my pick for the next to take over the mark. It looks like if she keeps her average up she will be where Taurasi is now in about 5 years.


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Tina Charles is my pick for the next to take over the mark. It looks like if she keeps her average up she will be where Taurasi is now in about 5 years.


Maybe. We'll have to see where the record ends up. Tina Thompson was older than Taurasi is now when she broke Lisa Leslie's record and wound up adding 1200+ more points. If Taurasi pushes the record out to 9000 or so it will be hard to break.



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Wilbon & Cornheiser seem to think cheryl miller is still the greatest followed by swoopes. I wonder if cp3 had the scoring lead would she be mentioned in this breath also.



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I think it will be hard for anyone to beat out Taurasi, it is already a very hard goal to achieve, and she will end with a much higher total than she has now if she plays consistently until the 2020 season, even if her ppg drops significantly in a year or two.

My list of current players who I think have a chance to pass her in descending order of likelihood

McCoughtry
Moore
Charles
EDD (has the best chance but health issues could derail her)
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PostPosted: 06/19/17 7:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

nice New York Times article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/sports/basketball/wnba-diana-tuarasi-sue-bird.html

"A version of this article appears in print on June 20, 2017, on Page B7 of the New York edition with the headline: Friends at UConn, Two W.N.B.A. Stars Rewrite Record Book."


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WNBA 09 wrote:
Wilbon & Cornheiser seem to think cheryl miller is still the greatest followed by swoopes. I wonder if cp3 had the scoring lead would she be mentioned in this breath also.


Kornheiser think Taurasi is #1, while Wilbon thinks it's Miller.

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Genero36 wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
Wilbon & Cornheiser seem to think cheryl miller is still the greatest followed by swoopes. I wonder if cp3 had the scoring lead would she be mentioned in this breath also.


Kornheiser think Taurasi is #1, while Wilbon thinks it's Miller.

Discussed at 15:45:

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PostPosted: 06/20/17 8:59 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Does anyone have Taurasi's career technical fouls total? I'm sure she's #1 in that, as well as scoring.


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Does anyone have Taurasi's career technical fouls total? I'm sure she's #1 in that, as well as scoring.


Likely No. 1 in suspensions as well.


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Is Diana Taurasi the Greatest Women's Basketball Player of All Time?

https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/is-diana-taurasi-the-greatest-womens-basketball-player-of-all-time

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Win shares also will tell you that Karl Malone was better than Michael Jordan and that Reggie Miller was better than Kobe Bryant, and almost no one would make either claim. Even with advanced stats, these conversations always resist easy answers.



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