Diana Taurasi is considered the greatest basketball player in the history of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She is tall, skilled, talented, and beautiful. She is a professional basketball player wearing the number 3 jersey and currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury franchise. The nickname “White Mamba” was even given to her by the Black Mamba herself, Kobe Bryant because she was able to get her team out of difficult corners by scoring much-needed points at very important times. Here are the facts you need to know about her…
Who is Diana Taurasi? Bio
Diana Taurasi was born in Glendale, Los Angeles, as Diana Lorena Taurasi, but grew up and raised in Chino, California. Her date of birth is given as June 11, 1982, and she was born to Mario and Liliana Taurasi. It can be said that she inherited her sports gene from her father Mario, who was a professional footballer and played as a goalkeeper in Italy. Mario was born in Italy, but his family moved to South America when he was very young, so he grew up in Argentina. Diana’s mother, on the other hand, is of Argentinean descent, so Diana Taurasi is of mixed descent – Italian and Argentinean. However, she was born in the United States, as her parents moved to California before she was born, which indicates that her nationality is American.
Diana has a sibling, an older sister named Jessika Taurasi. She (Diana) attended Don Antonio Lugo High School where she revealed her outstanding talents in basketball. Her talent never went unnoticed when praise was poured on her. Diana was named “Woman Basketball State Player of the Year” in 1999 and 2000 in succession. She also received the Cheryl Miller Award for Best Southern California Player, presented by the Los Angeles Times in 2000. That same year, Diana was named National High School Player of the Year by Naismith and Parade Magazine. She finished fifth in the state rankings with a score of 2,156, which earned her the WBCA All-American title. This merely meant that she was selected for the WBCA High School All-America Game 2000, where she showed an impressive performance that earned her the MVP honors.
After a spectacular and eye-catching performance in high school basketball, Diana was accepted to study at the University of Connecticut (UConn) and also continued her majestic basketball career with the school’s women’s basketball team. As a shooting and point guard player, her average per game in her college career was 15.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, and here too her efforts did not go unnoticed. It was enough to lead the team to three consecutive NCAA championship titles and even earned her national recognition. She was nominated by none other than Senator Thomas Gaffey as a state hero for Prudence Crandall. She won the 2003 Wade Trophy and the Associated Press Player of the Year award and also won the consecutive Naismith College Player of the Year awards in 2003 and 2004.
Basketball Career – WNBA
Dianna Taurasi began her professional basketball career in 2004 after she was selected in the WNBA Draft 2004 by Phoenix Mercury in the first overall selection. With her size, she initially played in the forward position. Of course, her good form in college continued as expected, and in her debut season, she scored 121 three-pointers and won the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award. In 2oo7 she won her first title when she defeated defending champion Detroit Shock and won the WNBA final. In her international career, she played in Russia and Turkey for Dynamo Moscow, Spartak Moscow, Fenerbahce Istanbul, Galatasaray Medical Park, and UMMC Ekaterinburg.
To date, Diana has won three WNBA Championship titles – 2007, 2009, and 2014 – and on two of these occasions – 2009 and 2014 – won MVP awards in the final. She has also been selected for seven WNBA All-Star teams and nine All-WNBA teams. In 2009, she was named the most valuable player in the WNBA. She is currently the top WNBA scorer of all time, with a total of 8,000 points (June 5, 2018 – a figure she is likely to increase in the coming seasons). All of these accomplishments have earned her a place among the top 15 WNBA players of all time (as voted for by WNBA fans in 2011).
At the international level, Diana Taurasi has won the Olympic gold medal four times – in 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 – with the United States women’s basketball team, making her just one of nine women to win an NCAA championship title, an Olympic gold medal, and a WNBA championship title. She earns $49,000 annually and her net worth is estimated at $1.5 million.
Is She Gay Or Lesbian?
Diana Taurasi has always focused on her professional life while keeping her private life very private and so far away from the prying eyes of the press. She was never suspected to be gay or lesbian, in fact, her sexuality was never in focus. It was assumed that she was only focusing on her work and career when she once stated that she never had a boyfriend. At the time, no one read between the lines to realize that by “she had no boyfriend” she meant she was not interested in men sexually. When we look back now, of course, we see the evidence that she was always gay/lesbian, but at that time nobody suspected it.
But her marriage to her professional basketball player and ex-teammate Penny Taylor revealed her sexual orientation as gay or lesbian, as she could no longer hide it. Even when they met, it was kept secret because she said they never wanted it to become a subject for discussion and consultation in the media.
Married to Penny Taylor – Wife
Penny Taylor, whose maiden name is given as Penelope Jane Taylor, was born on 24 May 1981. She is an Australian-born ex-basketball player who retired after the 2016 WNBA season. Her last club was the Phoenix Mercury, a member of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), where she won three championships – 2007, 2009, and 2014. Penny Taylor was born in Melbourne, Australia, as the daughter of Michael Taylor and Denna Noble, along with two other siblings – Heather Taylor, an older sister, and Phillip Taylor, her younger brother. She studied at Upwey High School in Upwey, Victoria, before going on a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) became her first club in the 1997/98 season, with which she won her first title – that of Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) – in 1999. During her career she has traveled to Italy, China, Russia, and Turkey to play. For her country, Australia, Taylor won one gold and two bronze medals and two Olympic silver medals with the women’s (basketball) national team at the FIBA World Championships. After retiring from active basketball in 2016, she was appointed by her Phoenix Mercury as Director of Player Development and Performance, a position she currently holds.
Penny Taylor is lesbian and married to her lesbian partner and former (Phoenix Mercury) teammate Diana Taurasi. They were married on 13 May 2017, just 24 hours before the start of the new season. The couple welcomed their first child on March 1, 2018, and the boy was named Leo Michael Taurasi-Taylor. Unlike Diana, who has no “official” previous relationships, Taylor has been married before – to a man. She married Rodrigo Rodriguez Gil, a Brazilian beach volleyball player, in 2005, but the marriage ended in divorce only three years later.
Height and Quick Facts About Diana Taurasi
Name: Diana Lorena Taurasi
Known as: Diana Taurasi
Nickname: White Mamba
Profession: A basketball player
Birth Date: June 11, 1982
Birth Place: Glendale, Los Angeles
Spouse: Penny Taylor
Children: 1 (Leo Michael Taurasi-Taylor)
Height: 6 ft (1.83 m)
Weight: 74 kg (163 lbs)
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Net Worth: $1.5 million