Diana Taurasi knows it could have been all different.
Had her suspension for a banned substance in 2010 not been thrown out, odds are she would still be fighting it in court. Instead, she's heading to London on Wednesday for her third Olympics with the U.S. women's basketball team.
''That whole experience has helped me appreciate things more,'' Taurasi said over breakfast Tuesday. ''You wake up and whether it's the Olympics, your parents, loved ones, friends or your family you learn how fragile everything is. We all kind of appreciate every little moment a little more. Sometimes it takes things like that to help you think that way.''
Taurasi remembers the day 19 months ago when her world was turned upside down. She was sitting in her apartment, blocks from the hotel where the U.S. team is staying now, when she got a call from her Turkish club informing her of the positive test for stimulant modafinil. Taurasi was stunned.
She knew she had never taken the drug or done anything wr...