We're seeing a star player making a stand, and we haven't always seen that in the league."A NEW TYPE OF PLAYERGriner offers a brand of athleticism never seen before in the WNBA.
In the Mercury's season-opening game against the Chicago Sky — Griner's first in the league — she threw down two power dunks in the most-viewed WNBA telecast on ESPN2 in nine years.
Once she gets the OK, Griner slips into her goofball persona."I might get my next tattoos on my eyelids," she says, smirking.
Thirty minutes before a doctor's appointment to determine the status of a left knee sprain that kept Griner out of her fourth professional game, the 22-year-old is constantly joking and smiling.
"Just knowing that you can help somebody out, that's a feeling you can't express.""I was really stoked when she came out," says John Ohagan, owner of Golden Rule Tattoo in Phoenix.