One-on-One With Candice Dupree
Mercury star Candice Dupree is making the best of her WNBA offseason, leading Slovakia's Good Angels Kosice to an impressive showing in EuroLeague play. Dupree's averages of 16.5 points and 9.8 rebounds a game earned her a spot in the starting lineup for the EuroLeague Women All Star Game. PhoenixMercury.com caught up with the veteran forward to get her thoughts on life overseas.
PhoenixMercury.com: How are you enjoying Slovakia?
Mercury forward Candice Dupree: I'm really enjoying Slovakia. This is my second season playing here so I didn't have to spend a lot of time trying to figure out where everything is. It's not exactly the biggest city, but Iím more of a home body anyway, so I enjoy it.
PhoenixMercury.com: What do you do for fun over there?
Dupree: Slovakia is a beautiful country. This season I had the opportunity to go to the mountains in Poprad and take a lot of pictures. There are also mountains about 20 min outside of the Kosice where you can go skiing and snowboarding. One of the closest major cities is Budapest, Hungary - such a beautiful city with a lot of culture and history. I've also had the opportunity to check out one of the castles on the outskirts of Kosice.
In my down time, I enjoy going to the mall or to the movies. I can't help but buy clothes for my nephew every time I go shopping. I also enjoy having teammates over to hang out, cook dinner and watch TV on my sling box.
PhoenixMercury.com: What countries do you enjoy traveling to?
Dupree: I enjoy traveling to Spain and Italy. We had the opportunity to play against a team from Taranto, Italy this year. I love all of the history in both countries. At some point I would like to vacation there, be a tourist and enjoy some of the sites.
PhoenixMercury.com: What team has been the biggest challenge for you this season?
Dupree: The team that posed the biggest challenge for us was Wisla Can-Pack Krakow. They're a former Euroleague Final Four team that we unfortunately lost both games to this season. They are very well balanced and play really well as a team. A different player can hurt you on any given night.
PhoenixMercury.com: Have you been able to catch up with many of your Mercury teammates?
Dupree: Iíve chatted with a few of my Mercury teammates. There are some that I talk to more than others. We'll message each other just to touch base and see how things are going.
PhoenixMercury.com: How do you feel about the upcoming Mercury season?
Dupree: I'm very excited about the upcoming Mercury season. Last season was tough being that there were some new additions...including me! This season I feel like everyone should be adjusted to the system, and we won't have to spend so much time teaching. I think we have a good core group of players and I can't wait for the 2011 season to get started.
PhoenixMercury.com: Have you been following any college basketball?
Dupree: Every now and then I will watch a college game, but I haven't really been keeping up with it as of late.
PhoenixMercury.com: How does it feel to be selected for the Euroleague All-Star game and as a starter?
Dupree: It's an honor to be selected to my third Euroleague All-Star game. I have the opportunity to represent the "Rest of the World" and have a chance to hang out with a few of my fellow Americans. It's not often that you get to spend a few days with people