PHOENIX -- Now that he's multi-tasking as general manager, Phoenix Mercury coach Corey Gaines is responsible for finding out if three or four of his players can achieve the collective value of one Penny.
When that Penny's last name is Taylor, that's the only way similar productivity can add up.
Having lost his elite forward for the entire season due to a knee injury suffered in Turkey, Gaines didn't have a mechanism available that enabled the Mercury to pick up the phone and hire someone of Taylor's caliber.
"That's really tough, because Penny's an extraordinary player," said Gaines, whose fifth season as the Mercury coach begins Sunday in Minnesota. "She's not a player you just go out and find. She's probably top 10 in the world, and they don't come around too often."
Fortunately, the Mercury still have superstar guard Diana Taurasi, who probably remains somewhere even higher in that top-10 pecking order and provides Gaines with an on-court constant. Attempting to mitigate the ...