"She loves the game and rises to the occasion when she's needed. That's what makes her so good."
—NBA star Emeka Okafor

“Diana came out of college with a lot of expectations placed on her and she definitely delivered. She has brought real star presence both on and off the court and we are very excited for her to be recognized as the WNBA’s Rookie of the Year.”
—Mercury GM Seth Sulka

“She’s one of the rare players that has the charisma and the hype that is consistent with the play.”
—Sulka

"That's one thing about her. None of that [media attention] affects her. She takes whatever comes. I don't think that will ever be a problem for her."
—All-Star Penny Taylor

She represents the best of the women's game. The commitment to fundamentals, to defense, to team play."
—Legendary college coach John Wooden

"I'm so impressed with how she plays the game. The touch passes. Finding the open person. The charisma. She's got it."
—Former NBA All-Star Dan Majerle

“She's as talented as anyone on the floor and she still looks to pass first. When you're as good of a scorer as she is, coaches, fans will tell you to shoot. Yet she's so unselfish."
—NBA veteran Casey Jacobsen

“You can have a great team and not know how to win, and you won’t win. That’s the difference, knowing how to win. She’s brings all of that.”
—All-Star Adrian Williams

“She’s a great team leader. She has tons of other great qualities, but my favorite thing about her is her passion.”
—WNBA veteran Kayte Christensen

"Is she one of the best players ever to play this game? Absolutely. I can't remember anybody shooting the ball as well as Diana has. Just a pure shooter with tremendous range that has showed such poise in clutch situations."
—Basketball great Anne Donovan

“I've never seen a woman elevate her level her play at so many key times. She's been a delight."
—ESPN broadcaster Doris Burke

"She's a much better shooter than I was, there's no doubt about that.”
—Basketball great Nancy Lieberman

"If you don't like Diana Taurasi, you're a moron.”
—Lieberman

"She just got something special about her that she can make big plays.”
—All-Star Sue Bird

''Diana seems to be immune from the part of 'I'm afraid what people will think of me. 'She doesn't care. That's the persona she presents.”
—UConn coach Gino Auriemma

 

 


Emeka Okafor, 2004 Sports Illustrated


John Wooden, 1995 Action Packed



 

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