Chat with Diana Taurasi
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, on the eve of the 2010 WNBA season, four-time WNBA All-Star and Phoenix Mercury guard/forward Diana Taurasi stops by to chat.
During the 2009 season, Taurasi led the WNBA in scoring at 20.4 points a game and was named WNBA MVP. The Mercury finished the regular season atop the WNBA with a 23-11 record and went on to win the championship against the Indiana Fever, with Taurasi being named Finals MVP.
Watch the Mercury get their 2009 championship rings before tip-off of their 2010 season opener against the Sparks at 2 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN2!
Send your questions now and join Taurasi on Friday at 1:45 p.m. ET!
Diana Taurasi (1:43 PM)
Welcome to the WNBA chat. I'm excited for the season to get started tomorrow. We're looking pretty strong.
Diana, Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Diana Taurasi (1:44 PM)
I didn't think I did but my teammates told me last season that I do the same thing at the same time before every game. I'm pretty routine.
Nicole (Garner, NC)
Hi Dee! If you didn't play basketball, what other career would you have chose?
Diana Taurasi (1:44 PM)
Interesting! I think I would like to be a professional traveler.
how can you compare maya moore's and the current uconn team run to your's and the past team
Diana Taurasi (1:45 PM)
They way they have dominated reminds me of our glory days. Today's team does whatever it takes to win and that's something that not all teams do and something that makes UConn stand out.
Holly (Phoenix, AZ)
Hey Dee! What are your personal goals for this season? Go Mercury!
Diana Taurasi (1:46 PM)
I just want to come in everyday with a positive outlook and energy. That will take me a long way with all the tough games and travel we face.
Is there any sense of betrayal at Cappie essentially deciding she'd had enough of the Merc and wanted out, after all you guys had been through together?
Diana Taurasi (1:47 PM)
Not at all. She chose to go another route and that's fine. We are close friends and always will be but it's time to move forward.
How excited are you to have Candice Dupree in Phoenix? and good luck this season!
Diana Taurasi (1:48 PM)
I'm thrilled. Candice is one of the most gifted players that I've been around. She adds a different dimension to our power attack.
Diana, how does it compare winning an WNBA championship to winning the NCAA's?
Diana Taurasi (1:49 PM)
It's different but in the grand scheme of things, it's a great feeling to win a championship with a group of girls that you've played with and grown with.
Cchris J (Humble, Tx)
On a scale from 1 to 100, what do you feel your chances are of repeating?
Diana Taurasi (1:49 PM)
1 to 100!? WOW!
Diana Taurasi (1:50 PM)
Early in the season, I'd say we have a 7.8 chance.
Lewis (Newport News, VA)
Do you think that UConn and Tennessee will ever renew the best rivalry in women's basketball?
Diana Taurasi (1:51 PM)
I'm optimistic that this great rivalry will be renewed. No matter what players are on the court, we know it's going to be a great game. I loved playing in that matchup and I know fans loved watching it so hopefully they will renew it in the near future.
Nicole Pendergrass (Garner, NC)
Hi Diana! First I want you to know that You are my favorite player and I enjoy watching you play the game. My question to you is when do you have time to rest your mind and body?
Diana Taurasi (1:53 PM)
Good question! That's the fine line we walk playing in the WNBA and then going oversees. You have to find a way to motivated yourself. For me, coming back to Phoenix always reenergizes me.
Lynette Baker (Seattle Wa)
What do you think about the play of TIna Charles this past season?
Diana Taurasi (1:54 PM)
Tina was great! She's now the leading scoring in UConn history adn that doesn't come easy. She developed on both sides of the ball from her freshman to senior years. She lead her team to an undefeated season and a national title. I think she can continue her success in the WNBA.
Jess (Cleveland, Ohio)
How do you think the transition into a new year will go? Especially with the addition of Dupree, and being without Pondexter.
Diana Taurasi (1:55 PM)
I think every year brings its new challenges. I think we've already found a way to play together and will do well this season. We have a team full of veterans so I don't think the transition will be difficult this year.
Broad Street Brian (Philly)
Who is the best PG that you have ever played with? Dawn Staley, Sue Bird, or someone else?
Diana Taurasi (1:56 PM)
Wow! Great question! I'm going to have to go with Sue Bird with this one. I don't know anyone who sets the table like she does.
Diana Taurasi (1:59 PM)
Thank you for tuning in. Make sure to watch the Mercury this summer, it's sure to be an exciting time!
Buzzmater (2:08 PM)
Thanks Diana for taking the time out to chat with us. Be sure to watch as the Sparks travel to Phoenix to take on the Mercury as the WNBA tips off it's 14th season at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2.