Diana Taurasi's website begins with this quote: "Individual accolades and notoriety matters not to Taurasi. Winning does."
It's true, Taurasi has been one of basketball's greatest winners. But she's also a supreme individual talent. On Sunday, the Phoenix Mercury guard broke the WNBA scoring record, netting her 7,489th career point to pass Tina Thompson in a loss to the Los Angeles Sparks at the Staples Center.
Taurasi, an LA native and lifelong Lakers fan, broke the record in front of her parents on Father's Day. Kobe Bryant, resident Laker legend and proud papa, was on hand with his daughters, Gianna and Natalia.
Bryant is a fan of Taurasi, and vice versa. She once told him she was the White Mamba. Bryant's nickname is Black Mamba. "Yes, you are," Kobe told her. "You've got every bit the temperament."
Like Bryant, Taurasi, 35, is an extraordinary competitor. She won three NCAA titles at UConn. She's won three WNBA titles, four Olympic gold medals and six EuroLeague championships. Taurasi has won five WNBA scoring titles, two Finals MVPs and one league MVP. She's been all-WNBA nine times.
Accolades might be secondary, but is she making a case as the best female player of all time?