The Phoenix Mercury: Vibes and Adjustments

The Phoenix Mercury, like all WNBA teams, are in the “Wubble” at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. They are trying to get themselves prepared for a new season, albeit in a different scenario than ever before. Whether it would have been at IMG Academy or in Phoenix, the same questions about this season would have still been around.

The biggest question about this team is unequivocally the point guard position. Veteran Diana Taurasi has been the primary ballhandler for years in the Desert. But with Skylar Diggins-Smith in town, that is definitely going to change.

According to Mercury Coach Sandy Brondello, it may not be that tough a transition at all:

“They are both gonna have the ball in their hands. They are both combo guards to be quite honest. Whoever has the less pressure can bring the ball up the court and play the point guard. They just have these winners mentalities. They just wanna get out there and play. I don’t think it really matters to them.”

As far as Brittney Griner, she sees the good in adding Diggins-Smith already:

“Sky is the best. She came in ready to go and ready to learn before we even came down here on the court. She is helping us already.”

The Mercury will not have Jessica Breland this year as she opted out of playing due to a medical exemption. Even with her gone, there are high expectations with the team. As far as the mood with those expectations, both Griner and Brondello seem to see the team as having a good vibe so far to start:

“The vibe is good. We sit back and laugh at things here and there. The team chemistry was good the first day we were around each other. The spirits are high and the spirits are good.”

Brondello agreed with Griner about the feel of this team as well.

“Really upbeat and together. It’s been great to see the chemistry and the fun that they can have but also their competitiveness as well.”

The Mercury have high hopes to start this season and with how wide-open this season is going to be, they have just as much a right as anyone to lay claim to the title.


Mike Patton

Nashville, Tennessee

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