PHOENIX — Diana Taurasi is back — back from another triumphant season in Europe, back in the WNBA after taking a year off, and back for a shot at a fourth Olympic gold medal.
A month shy of her 34th birthday, she leads what looks to be a powerhouse Phoenix Mercury team in search of its, and her, fourth WNBA title.
"Diana's a pretty special player," said Mercury coach Sandy Brondello, who also coached Taurasi in Russia last season. "She's the best player in the world, but I haven't seen her play as well as she did this past offseason [in Europe]."
Taurasi led the Euroleague in scoring and, as Brondello put it, "willed" her team...