' I'm trying to embrace it."Brondello believes Griner has made tremendous strides since her first season in the league and sees waves of potential."I really think she's matured over the last few years," Brondello said.
"Her progression from her first year in the league to now, it just keeps getting better and better. She realizes she can be potentially one of the greatest players to ever play the game. She has a real high will to win and realizes her importance to this team. In 3-4 years, I think you're going to see a dominant player."The Mercury are 6-3 since Griner's return and 9-7 heading into All-Star weekend.
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Griner also asserted, when asked about her image shadowed by an off-court domestic violence label and on-court aggressive style of play highlighted by a thrown punch while at Baylor, "I don't have anger issues.
That's not who I am.""All I'll say about that topic is everyone who knows me, they know the truth and who I am and they see a difference in me," Griner said."There's always going to be negative headlines. This whole process has been a big awakening for me."On the court, Griner's taken on a new leadership role since returning after her suspension.
In a motion filed on July 13 to amend the annulment petition, Griner revealed that Johnson was texting an ex-boyfriend while the two were engaged.
The 6-8 center was suspended by the WNBA for the first seven games of the season following an arrest that stemmed from a fight with partner Glory Johnson at their Arizona home on April 22.We try not to put too much pressure on her, but we need her to be successful to win."Look, she's nowhere near where she could be. During her suspension, Griner worked on her game with the team's practice squad, mainly against 6-foot-10 former Division II player Adam Grimes, who offered a taller and stronger presence than what Griner's used to in the WNBA.Griner also credits the polishing of her game to Brondello's husband, Olaf Lange, who's been a longtime coach in the WNBA and overseas and works intensely with Griner.Johnson, who announced she was pregnant just a day before Griner filed, was also suspended seven games by the WNBA for the couple’s April altercation.She is sitting out the 2015 season for the pregnancy and announced on Instagram June 29 that she was having twins.
The couple were arrested Wednesday, April 22, 2015, on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct following a fight at their home in a Phoenix suburb.