PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) - Diana Taurasi is back for a 14th year in a Mercury uniform. But the WNBA's all-time leading scorer won't suit up for another two months.
Taurasi is recovering from back surgery three weeks ago.
"I plan on playing for a couple more years," said Taurasi when asked about her future. "I still want to work. I still want to be out here with these guys so I'm not even close to being done."
"I'm not even close to being done." @PhoenixMercury's @DianaTaurasi is recovering from back surgery. She was kind enough to join #AZFamily to discuss her future, getting over how 2018 ended, and the #NBA #DraftLottery pic.twitter.com/Lr43KKGu2M— Mark McClune (@MarkMcClune) May 14, 2019
Taurasi is also recovering from last season's painful loss to Seattle in the Western Conference Finals.
The Mercury played a winner-take-all game five in the great Northwest with Tarausi's good friend Sue Bird scoring 14 fourth quarter points to send the Mercury home.
Taurasi is working her way back into shape with her wife, and Mercury assistant coach, Penny Taylor, helping her get shots up while the team practices on the other end of the floor.
They're avid sports fans and she was happy to put on her NBA Draft Analyst hat with the NBA Lottery set for Tuesday at 5:30.
"I think Zion showed what kind of guy he was when he came back to Duke and played. When the rumors were, sit down, wait for your money and the guy was like, 'No, I'm going to play for my teammates,'" said Taurasi. "He's the type of guy who changes your franchise the moment he puts the jersey on."
The Mercury head to Seattle for a preseason game on Wednesday night. They're back in Seattle on May 25 to open the season and their home opener is set for Friday night May 31 against Las Vegas.