There seemed to be a number of people that thought it was a given that 6’8 phenom Brittney Griner would dominate the WNBA upon her arrival.
Those people also happened to not be named Brittney Griner.
Griner knew that she would be an even bigger target by the veteran post players in the league because of the fanfare she came with. She knew the talent level was going to jump and that she’d have to be at her best every night. She knew that the players were bigger, faster and stronger on top of that talent and that she’d have to adjust. But what may have been the toughest adjustments are two things that she probably thought least about: injuries and interviews.
Griner played a relatively injury-free college career with the one major injury being a broken wrist that played a role in keeping her out of the Olympics but didn’t affect her playing for Baylor. Fast forward to the WNBA, in a June game against Minnesota during her rookie season, Griner sprained her knee and never really looked quite the same, even forced to sit out her first nod as an All-Star starter.
Take that injury factor and then consider that at all 11 venues that the Mercury played during the regular season, interviews were in high demand. Even opposing teams added Griner and her superstardom to their docket for fans to greet and sign autographs. Coming off a college season that had to be physically exhausting and a college career that has been revealed to be just as taxing mentally, Griner had to have felt like a shell of what she knew she was capable of. She still had her bright spots though, highlighted by her series-winning buzzer beater to eliminate the second seeded Los Angeles Sparks and reigning-MVP Candace Parker in the first round of the playoffs.
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