Diana Taurasi's professional career has always been in highlight no matter where she played. A 3 time WNBA winner, she was even called "The White Mamba" by "The Black Mamba" himself, Kobe Bryant. Everyone who follows the WNBA knows about her on court antics and her long list of awards and honors, but her life outside the court is very 'hush-hush.'
Caption: Diana With a Gold Medal in London Olympics 2010.
Professionally her career has been watched, analyzed, praised, criticized, re-watched, re-analyzed and praised some more. People who watch the Women Basketball know about her rise from college basketball in Connecticut to her great devotion and success in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury. They also know about the huge host of awards that she has won during a glittering career which includes 3 Olympic Gold Medals.
Caption: Know more about Diana from herself!
Married, Husband or Boyfriend, Dating?
Details of Diana's personal life has always been a secret. She has managed to hide the book that contains all her private information. In interviews, she has always managed to dodge intimate questions or managed to use her sense of humor to give sarcastic answers to questions about her private life like who is her boyfriend? Or when she is married? To more awkward questions she always says the same thing, she is committed to her basketball.
Like in a Q&A session for wnba.com, when asked if she had been dating a boyfriend she answered: " I do NOT have a boyfriend, but I am looking for someone rich, is about 6-8 and drives a BMW 745 li. Let me know." In the same interview, she was also asked if she had a celebrity crush? To which she said, "Yes, WNBA President Donna Orender."
The Secrets and Lesbian Rumors About Her Personal Life:
This sparked many rumors that Diana was a Lesbian. The rumor gained further traction after an on-court kiss with Seimone Augustus in 2013. That year she had also spotted with Australian WNBA player Penny Taylor in various events. The two players were seen together in various WNBA games.
They were also together in the ESPYs and spoke at the White House after the were invited there for winning the WNBA championship.
Caption: Diana Taurasi Kisses Seimone Augustus in a court!
Diana Taurasi has never been married and does not have a husband. She has not disclosed her sexual orientation, which has sparked a few debates on whether she is a part of the LGBT community. Though some support her decision to keep her personal life out of public scrutiny, it has not stopped others from wildly speculating on the topic.
So supposedly Diana Taurasi is gay, I refuse to believe it— MJ (@MarieLJ1) August 12, 2012
@1911Quepid No because Skylar Diggins and Diana Taurasi are not gay— Ashley De La Torre (@AshleyDeLaTorre) June 14, 2011
Diana Taurasi is a beautiful female basketball player. Too bad she's a lesbian.— Rell (@Relly_Daddiez) May 6, 2012
The 34-year-old basketball player is one of the most recognized faces of the WNBA. She is also the favorite WNBA player of 2-times NBA champion LeBron James.
Rio Olympics 2016:
No matter whatever people call her off the field but in the court, she is one heck of a player. Diana Taurasi has already proved she is a legend of the game. US basketball team is unbeaten in Rio Olympics so far and looks more and more threatening day by day.
Diana on other hand has been a star player and has already broken her own record i.e. Single game U.S. Olympic three-point record. In what looked like high scoring game against Serbia, Diana finished with 25 points, six assists and three rebounds.
"We knew what was up -- they're European champions for a reason," Taurasi expressed her view of Serbia after the game. "It's good for us to be challenged."
"It was mostly about the group we had in the game at that time," she said. "We said, 'We need to get on a run.' "
The U.S. has already won 44 straight Olympic Games in a row and is chasing its sixth straight gold medal in Rio Olympics.
Leading US Women basketball team to historic gold:
Caption: United States' Diana Taurasi( left), Tamika Catchings(center) and Sue Bird (right) after winning the consecutive fourth medal in Olympics.
Diana Taurasi, perhaps the greatest women’s player ever in US history, once again delivered when Team USA needed the most and led to gold medal victory versus Spain, 101-72. She scored 17 points (6-of-10 shooting, 5-of-7 beyond the arc) and led a balanced U.S. scoring punch in a rout against Spain.
Diana is a four-time Olympic gold medalist tying her with teammates Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings and also with former USA players Lisa Leslie and Teresa Edwards for the most gold medals of any female basketball Olympian.
This is Team USA’s sixth straight Olympic gold and eighth overall and a history itself. In the 11 Olympics basketball event since women’s basketball was added in 1976, the U.S. has already medaled ten times.
This could be the final Olympic appearance of the three WNBA icons: Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, and Tamika Catchings.
Taurasi will try for 2020 Olympics?
New U.S. women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley believes stalwarts of US basketball team, Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird will return for a final run at the 2020 Olympics. Staley said when asked directly on March 10, 2017:
“My gut feeling is yes, followed by a chuckle and adding no further detail.
Staley knows Taurasi and Bird pretty well as she has already coached them as an assistant on 2008 as well as 2016 Olympic teams under then head coach Geno Auriemma. Staley has also played with them at the 2004 Greece Olympics, the third and final Olympics for Staley as she carried the U.S. flag into the Opening Ceremony in Athens.
Those were the first Games for Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, the youngest players on that roster who have now gone on to win four gold medals each in Olympics. Nobody in the history has won five Olympic basketball gold medals.
Neither Diana Taurasi nor Sue Bird has announced whether she will try for Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Bird said before Rio Olympics that it would likely be her last Olympics. Taurasi said after the Rio final that she was most likely done. Taurasi said on NBCSN:
“This was probably my last one. I’ll have a talk about it with coach, but, for right now, I’m settled with four, and I feel good about it.”
Taurasi will be 38 years old, and Bird will be 39 in 2020. The oldest U.S. Olympic basketball player in the record was Tamika Catchings, who turned 37 years old just two weeks before the Rio Games. Catchings has already retired.
Diana's Short Bio:
Diana Taurasi was born on June 11, 1982, in Glendale, California. She grew up with her sister in Chino, California and went Don Antonio Lugo High School. Impressive performances in high school earned her the opportunity to play for the University of Connecticut (UConn) in 2000, where she won 3 consecutive NCAA titles.
In 2004, she made a successful move up to the WNBA where she was picked first overall by the Phoenix Mercury. She has won 3 WNBA championship with the Phoenix Mercury has also won many individual awards including the USBWA Women's National Player of the Year, WNBA Most Valuable Player and USA Basketball's Female Athlete of the Year.#Basketball Player #Diana Lorena Taurasi #WNBA