Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi competed in the WNBA’s All-Star game on Saturday where the West defeated the East 130-121 . After the game the two held a joint media availability. Here is a look at what they had to say:
Diana, what did you play for today?
DIANA TAURASI: I think everyone in that locker room played for the fans today. I think everyone was really excited to go out there and play in front of the Seattle fans because we know how hard and difficult it is to come here and try to win a game when they’re on top of you and they’re getting into you. I think everyone was anticipating this vibe in there, and during the introductions you felt that vibe, especially when Sue came down and they gave her a standing ovation for five minutes. You felt that energy. I think we played for the fans tonight, and to put on a good show.
Q. Sue pointed at herself. She thinks you dedicated the game to her.
DIANA TAURASI: Yeah, and I played for Sue, too. I mean, when you’re 40 and you can run around like that, that’s something to play for, I guess.
Q. The two of you have played a number of games together, a number of All-Stars. How special was this to continue that tradition I guess you can call it?
SUE BIRD: It is special. It is special. I think we’ve actually had moments more so at the Olympics where it’s like, we’ve played together a lot, we’ve done this a lot, it’s coming to — it’s slowly coming to an end. I don’t think either of us really take it for granted. We know that, yes, we’ve played a ton together, but maybe this is the last time we get to be on the same court, you know. So we definitely click right away. It’s seamless. We fall right back into it, and it’s always fun.
DIANA TAURASI: It’s funny because one of our friends we went to college with before the game, she goes, congrats to the oldest All-Star duo of all time, so I need a fact-check on that. I don’t want that to be true. (Laughter.)
Q. Coach Miller talked about the young players and how many of the players in the West are in their fourth quarter. How do you guys feel about the comparison —
DIANA TAURASI: How about this, Coach Miller? Fourth quarter that. (Laughter.)
SUE BIRD: I think that sums it up.
Q. Kind of building off of that, in the East there were a lot of new players. Anyone in particular kind of stick out to you?
DIANA TAURASI: Jonquel Jones is going to be a problem in this league for a long time. With her stature and the way she can handle the ball, shoot the ball, she works so easy on the court, and I just think she’s got a really bright future.
SUE BIRD: Yeah, that skill set at that height, and like she said, there’s something like — she’s very — she just flows out there. It’s fun to watch. She did great.