Q&A: Get to Know Mistie Bass
"Iím not trying to be a star; Iím the player that just helps the stars shine a little brighter." -- Mistie Bass
With the addition of Mistie Bass, the Mercury instantly became a tougher team -- both literally and figuratively.
Indeed, if you spend a few minutes on Bass' Twitter timeline (@A_Phoenix_Born), it's hard not to come away inspired and motivated.
Find out how excited Bass is to join the Mercury in our Q&A below Ė Ed.
Related: Press Release | Mistie Bass Photos
PhoenixMercury.com: First of all, welcome to Phoenix! What ultimately convinced you to sign with the Mercury?
Mistie Bass: Thank You! This was one of the toughest decisions Iíve had to make professionally. I had great offers from other amazing teams, but this group of players really made the deal sweeter. This is such a complete team that was in need of the final pieces of the championship puzzle. To be honest, it is quite an honor they believe I am one of those pieces.
I also saw this as a challenge to fit into a group so talented as well; I want to see just how far I have come over the years.
PhoenixMercury.com: More specifically, how do you feel your game fits with this team?
Bass: I feel that my game is full of energy, encompasses mental and physical toughness, and I do all the little things that don't show up on a stat sheet that keep a team in a game or help to win it.
Iím not trying to be a star; Iím the player that just helps the stars shine a little brighter.
PhoenixMercury.com: Youíve been on several teams over the years that are loaded with talent. But how excited are you to be playing with the likes of Diana, Penny, Brittney, DeWanna, Candice, Erin etc.?
Bass: I have played with a lot of talent, but in my mind this team is stacked. Iíve known some of these players since college and their game has always impressed me.
Now, playing alongside them, I feel pretty good about who I am going to war with all summer.
PhoenixMercury.com: Your Twitter handle is @A_Phoenix_Born. Coincidence or foreshadowing?
Bass: That's funny! I think it may be a little of both. Technically, I am a recent born Phoenix (Mercury). However, the story of the Phoenix is one of my favorites. In my mind, it's about failures and rock bottoms, but rising above all of it stronger than anyone could imagine and beating the odds.
PhoenixMercury.com: How would you describe your game in your own words?
Bass: My game isn't flashy, but it gets the job done.
Tenacious defender, relentless rebounder Ė I capitalize on the little things.
PhoenixMercury.com: As a competitor, youíve faced the Mercury for many years. What kind of reputation does the organization have around the league?
Bass: The Mercury is a team that people donít want to play. Itís a team known for toughness.
PhoenixMercury.com: You are known around the league as being a truly great teammate. What do you attribute that to?
Bass: I know that chemistry is the key to great team basketball. I always want to be a positive influence and have positive energy with and around my teammates. I think that if you focus on being a great person, you can be a great teammate. These are the people I will make memories with and remember long after basketball is over.
I want to be able to remember my career being successful, but also remember all of the great times and relationships I made along the way.
PhoenixMercury.com: Letís do some rapid fire, get-to-know-you questions. What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Bass: Two-time MVP of the French league.
PhoenixMercury.com: When you decide to hang up the sneakers, what type of player do you want to be remembered for?
Bass: I want to be remembered as a player that was a force to reckoned with. The type of player that people did not want to play against. More than anything, I want to be known for my passion, energy, and my smile.
PhoenixMercury.com: Favorite movie?
Bass: Anything Disney. Iím a big kid.
PhoenixMercury.com: Do you have a go-to song you listen to before games?
Bass: ďNo Days OffĒ by Wale.
PhoenixMercury.com: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Bass: Paris, in a top floor villa directly across from the Eiffel Tower. Paris is the most romantic city in the world and it's filled with French culture Ė lazy days in the park, long walks next to the Seine River, outdoor cafe dates, and a Sparkling Eiffel Tower at night. Iím in love with that place.
PhoenixMercury.com: Do you have a player on the Mercury you are most looking forward to playing with?
Bass: Diana Taurasi.
PhoenixMercury.com: What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
Bass: Write poetry and be outdoors.
PhoenixMercury.com: Best advice youíve ever received?
Bass: I was once told how important it is to find your niche in the WNBA. Perfect the things most players do not want to do and when you do, capitalize on it.
Be the type of player teams need and cannot go without.