The Phoenix Mercury announced on Monday that standout player Diana Taurasi will sit out the rest of the 2022 WNBA season due to a quad injury.
To replace Taurasi, the Mercury hired veteran guard Yvonne Turner to a hardship contract. Turner had previously played for the Mercury from 2017 to 2019.
Even though he had only played in 41 games over the course of the previous three regular seasons, Taurasi had been healthy for the better part of this season.
Until the second of August, she has appeared in all 31 of the Mercury’s games, averaging 31 minutes per contest. After missing the previous two games due to a quad strain, the team decided to end her season early.
In light of her longtime friend and opponent Sue Bird’s decision to retire at the end of this season, Taurasi, who is now 40 years old, stated earlier this summer that retirement has been on her mind.
Taurasi reflected on working alongside her best friend for 20 years and stated, “Looking back, it’s been fantastic.” You don’t get to do that, nor do most people in any career, much less in basketball. As a result, this has been a fantastic adventure.
When I think of how happy she is now that she is enjoying her retirement years, I remember that cold season all too well. After the current season concludes, I’ll be able to pursue whichever options suit me best.
What that is, I can’t say at the moment. It’s something that I think about a lot, and I’ve been bouncing ideas off of my wife Penny and several close friends and individuals whose opinions I value.
Taurasi certainly wouldn’t have chosen this manner to end her WNBA career, but her age, statements, and yet another injury have led many to doubt if she will ever play again.
It’s also important to stress that Taurasi will be a free agent once the current NBA season concludes.
Taurasi made headlines late last month when he became the oldest player in NBA history to score 30 points. In the NBA, only Michael Jordan and Dirk Nowitzki have accomplished this feat.
However, except for that game and a few other good showings, Taurasi had a rough year overall. While she still averaged 16.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game, she rarely had her typical influence on the game.
Her 37.3 percent field goal percentage was low, and without her on the court, the defense improved significantly.
The Mercury enters the final week of the regular season with a record of 14-19, enough for eighth place. However, their hold on the eighth and final playoff berth is precarious,
as they lead the ninth-place Liberty by only 0.5 games and the 10th-place Lynx and 11th-place Sparks by only 1.0 games each.
The final three games of the season for the Mercury will be played against the Lynx, the Wings, and the league-leading Sky. For more updates Stay tuned on TheActiveNews.Com.