This is Our Game: Diana Taurasi
Mercury guard Diana Taurasi
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What is your motivation when don't feel like working out, running that extra mile,
or waking up early?
"Not making the playoffs last year drives me. Is that a good answer?"
Q. Was there a time in your
life of playing basketball when you thought about giving up the game?
"I actually quit basketball of a year and a half when I was in fourth grade. I retired. I probably had the earliest retirement ever. A lot of people don't know this, but I quit and focused on soccer. I got bored and didn't want to play anymore. My sister started playing, so then I would go to watch her and got that itch again. And from there, the fire started burning again."
How important is a healthy diet and good nutrition for your overall success? What
are some snacks you like or favorite meals?
"It is so important. I love Snickers. No, I'm kidding. Pre-game meal is the most important. Whether it is chicken, pasta… whatever else you need to get going."
What else drives you? What other goals you've set for yourselves off the court
or are you currently pursuing?
"I would like to start doing some charity work, probably more for kids in general. When I'm done playing, I think I might want to be a coach, or do something that still has some link to the game. It's been so good to me, and I really do love the game, even outside of playing, just being around people who play is fun. Maybe I can be the G.M. of the Lakers or something."