Tagged Briann January

NBA, WNBA Continue Fighting for Social Justice

George Floyd’s murder last month at the hand of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin appears to have jolted much of America’s collective conscience from an apathetic slumber. People of all ages, races and backgrounds have taken up their First Amendment rights of assembly to redress grievances⁠—namely the extra-judicial killing of unarmed Black men by America’s…

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Why DeWanna Bonner’s a Strong Fit for Connecticut Sun

DeWanna Bonner crosses halfcourt at a jog. Her thin frame is gazelle-like, the ball in her right hand. Her ponytail bounces against her purple Phoenix Mercury jersey. Her defender in transition is Tiffany Mitchell, who is to her left, keeping pace. As soon as Mitchell drops into her defensive stance, Bonner crosses over left, running…

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Breaking Down Another Big Week of WNBA Free Agency

While not quite matching the record-setting pace of the first wave, WNBA Free Agency’s second week hasn’t lacked excitement. That said, a few teams have been conspicuously quiet in comparison to the rest. The Indiana Fever, Minnesota Lynx and New York Liberty have largely sat out the proceedings while everyone else has loaded up or…

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All-Star Kia Nurse is Second Scorer NY Liberty Needed

New York Liberty second-year guard Kia Nurse was named a 2019 All-Star starter earlier this week. The 2018 No. 10 overall pick has stepped into a larger scoring role and helped New York to a 7-8 start, capably filling the vacant role as a No. 2 option in support of eight-time All-WNBA forward Tina Charles.…

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Diana Taurasi is as Unstoppable as Ever

Priorities one, two and three for the Phoenix Mercury this decade have been quite simple: Reload and reshape the roster around Diana Taurasi to compete for as many championships as possible. Phoenix came up just short in a decisive Game 5 of the 2018 semifinals against the eventual champions Seattle Storm. Taurasi, Brittney Griner and…

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What Briann January’s Return Means for Phoenix Mercury

The Phoenix Mercury re-signed six-time All-Defense selection Briann January to a multi-year deal, per a team release. Phoenix struck gold last offseason, acquiring an ideal fit with its star players at a relatively low cost. (They turned Danielle Robinson (a poor fit with Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner) and the No. 8 overall pick into…

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