Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi made history on Sunday night when she became the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer. She has received a lot of congratulatory messages from athletes from different sports for her achievement, and what she has brought to women’s basketball.
Even Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James took notice of her record-breaking feat and sent her a video greeting via Uninterrupted. He talked about her greatness and what she means to a lot of girls who also dream of becoming like her in the future. He then added that he respects her a lot, and recalled their conversations in the past, during the Olympics.
“You set the standard, not only for women’s basketball and so many girls that have looked up to you, but basketball in general,”
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) June 18, 2017
Coming into their matchup against the Los Angeles Sparks, Taurasi had to score more than 13 points to surpass the record set by Tina Thompson, who had 7,488 points in her stellar career. She finished with 19 points on the night, on 7-of-16 shooting, in a blowout loss to the home team.
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Now at 35-years-old, Taurasi has won almost all awards the WNBA has to offer, including the MVP Award in 2009. There is no doubt she will go down as one of the best players who ever played in the league, and will continue to be widely respected by her peers and even players from the NBA.
James has always been vocal about supporting other athletes and saluting them for their accomplishments, for he has a deep understanding of what it takes to be great at something. The King definitely knows who the queen of the WNBA is, and as they say, greatness knows greatness.