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Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi

You have seen her all-world skills on the court, lighting up opponents off the dribble and from beyond the 3-point line. But growing up with parents from two countries on different continents, Phoenix Mercury All-Star guard Diana Taurasi is also a unique symbol of geographical diversity. She grew up in Southern California but spent much of that time traveling the world. She has spent time in her mother's native Argentina while still a teenager, and then toured with many of the junior USA Basketball teams. The past two years, this free-spirited superstar has spent her WNBA offseasons playing in Moscow, most recently with Spartak. She also got to the Caribbean for her first vacation in a long timeand hopes to get to visit Italy someday, where her father's family comes from.

Q. What are some countries you've gotten to travel to for basketball or personal reasons?
"Well obviously I lived in Argentina for a year, back in 1995 and I loved it, we went to my parent's hometown, some other cool cities were like Krakow, Poland, which I would have never thought, Lithuania is a great place, little pockets like that stand out."

As a member of the United States Women's National
Team, Taurasi has gotten to see the world.

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Q. What is one place you haven't been that you would like to see?
"Italy, without a doubt. My dad is from there, we have a lot of family there, in Avellino which is right outside of Naples, that's probably where I will go right after the season."

Q. What is your favorite place to go on vacation?
"I hadn't been on vacation in so long. After the WNBA season and the world championships, I finally had an opportunity to go somewhere for four or five days. I wanted to go to a nice island and relax and went to the Bahamas with some friends."

Q. So if you had a choice would you go to a beach-type place or a museum?
"I would rather go see buildings, architecture, stuff like that really intrigues me, when you go to some of these old cities, some of those buildings have been up for a long, long time, so it's kind of cool, it's interesting."

Q. What are your favorite WNBA cities to visit?
"Obviously New York is fun, LA, I get to go home, those are probably the top two on my list."

Q. What is the best WNBA city to go out for a good meal?
"In Seattle, I always go to Wasabi, which is a good sushi spot. In Minnesota, I go to Bella Note, which (former NBA player Dean Garrett owns. It's really really good."

Q. What are the best places to shop and dine out in Phoenix?
"I go to the Scottsdale Mall a lot, and the Biltmore area, you have the Capitol Grill, so those are the two areas I go to the most."

Q. What made you want to go back to Moscow this offseason?
"I really enjoyed it and knew I was coming back for awhile, not necessarily with the same team, but in the same area."