Found September 05, 2013 on Fox Sports Arizona:
PLAYERS: Diana Taurasi
PHOENIX With the end of her 10th season in sight, the most important variable attributed to the WNBAs brightest star hasnt been diminished. Through the tribulations of an uneven season, passion for the game stills governs her approach. I love coming to the gym, Mercury guard Diana Taurasi said in an interview after Wednesdays practice. Its the only thing I want to do when I get up in the morning. When this season began, the 31-year-old superstar faced each day with a rise in expectation fueled by an anticipated return to good health for a couple of teammates and the addition of prized rookie Brittney Griner. But the joy Taurasi typically derives from playing the game can be compromised by scoreboard results. Through 21 games, the Mercury with a lack of continuity due to injuries and other issues had 11 defeats. Youre happy, but if you lose, that joy goes out the window, she said. Through a slight alteration in job description, a second season of injury setbacks to teammates...

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