Isihlabani se-WNBA uBrittney Griner usezobuyela ePhoenix Mercury ngenkontileka yonyaka owodwa: umbiko

U-Brittney Griner ugcwalisa isithembiso sakhe sokuqhubeka nokudlala i-WNBA ngokusayina kabusha nethimba elimbhalele inombolo 1 jikelele kuhlaka luka-2013.

Lesi sihlabani samahhala sesivumelene nemibandela yenkontileka yonyaka nePhoenix Mercury, ngokusho kombiko weHer Hoop Stats. Ngesikhathi sokugcina uGriner esenkundleni yeMercury, iqembu ladlulela kuma-WNBA Finals ka-2021.

UGriner manje usezobuyela kwisizini yakhe ye-10 ngemuva kokuvalelwa Izinyanga ezingu-10 ejele laseRussia.

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U-Brittney Griner #42 we-Phoenix Mercury phakathi nengxenye yokuqala ku-Game Four of the 2021 WNBA semifinals e-Footprint Center ngo-Okthoba 06, 2021 e-Phoenix, e-Arizona.

U-Brittney Griner #42 we-Phoenix Mercury phakathi nengxenye yokuqala ku-Game Four of the 2021 WNBA semifinals e-Footprint Center ngo-Okthoba 06, 2021 e-Phoenix, e-Arizona. (Isithombe nguChristian Petersen/Getty Images)

UGriner ulethe omunye wemidlalo yakhe engcono kakhulu ngo-2021. Uqede isizini ene-career-high 9.5 rebounds ngomdlalo ngamunye futhi wenza isilinganiso samaphuzu angu-20.5 nabasizi abangu-2.7 emqhudelwaneni ngamunye.

Uphinde wathola isilinganiso sama-rebounds ahlaselayo angu-2.4 ngonyaka.

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Lo mdlali oneminyaka engu-32 ubudala akazange adlale neMercury ngesizini ka-2022 ngenxa yokuboshwa kwakhe.

UGriner waya eRussia ngesikhathi se-WNBA offseason ukuyodlala i-basketball ekhokhelwayo. Waboshwa esikhumulweni sezindiza i-Sheremetyevo eMoscow ngoFebhuwari odlule ngemuva kokuba iziphathimandla zaseRussia zithole ukuthi wayephethe ama-vape canister anamafutha ensangu emthwalweni wakhe.

Ngemuva kokuboshwa, u- UMnyango Wezwe LaseMelika umemezele uGriner ngokuthi “uboshwe ngokungeyikho.”

Isihlabani se-WNBA kanye nendondo yegolide yama-Olympic amahlandla amabili u-Brittney Griner uphelezelwa esuka egumbini lenkantolo ngemva kokuqulwa kwamacala, e-Khimki ngaphandle nje kwase-Moscow, e-Russia, Agasti 4, 2022.

Isihlabani se-WNBA kanye nendondo yegolide yama-Olympic amahlandla amabili u-Brittney Griner uphelezelwa esuka egumbini lenkantolo ngemva kokuqulwa kwamacala, e-Khimki ngaphandle nje kwase-Moscow, e-Russia, Agasti 4, 2022. (Isithombe se-AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Ifayela)

Ngemva kwezinyanga zezingxoxo ezinzima, uGriner wakhululwa ekoloni lokujezisa laseRussia ekuqaleni kukaDisemba ekushintshaneni kweziboshwa kumthengisi wezikhali waseRussia olahlwe yicala uViktor Bout.

UMongameli Biden ubhale kuTwitter ngokukhululwa kukaGriner, ebhala, “Emizuzwini edlule ngikhulume noBrittney Griner. Uphephile. Usendizeni. Usendleleni eya ekhaya.”

Isikhungo sasePhoenix Mercury u-Brittney Griner ume kancane enkantolo phakathi nengxenye yesibili yomdlalo we-basketball we-WNBA ngokumelene ne-Seattle Storm, Septhemba 3, 2019, e-Phoenix.

Isikhungo sasePhoenix Mercury u-Brittney Griner ume kancane enkantolo phakathi nengxenye yesibili yomdlalo we-basketball we-WNBA ngokumelene ne-Seattle Storm, Septhemba 3, 2019, e-Phoenix. (Isithombe se-AP/Ross D. Franklin, Ifayela)

Ngemva nje kwesonto ekhululiwe, uGriner wathatha ku-Instagram ukuze amemezele inhloso yakhe yokudlala iMercury ngesizini ezayo.

“Ngifuna futhi ukucacisa into eyodwa: Ngihlose ukudlala i-basketball ye-WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury kule sizini, futhi ngokwenza kanjalo, ngibheke ngabomvu ukukwazi ukuthi ‘ngiyabonga’ kulabo kini abakhulume, wabhala, futhi wangithumelela mina mathupha maduzane,” washo amazwibela okuthunyelwe kwangomhla zili-16 kuZibandlela.

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I-Mercury ihlelelwe ukudlala i-Sparks ekuqaleni kwesizini ngoMeyi 19. UGriner uwine i-WNBA All-Star izikhathi eziyisikhombisa kanye nendondo yegolide yama-Olympic izikhathi ezimbili.