Diana Taurasi commits to Rio in 2016, drags Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings along
Diana Taurasi commits on national television to playing for Team USA in Rio in 2016, and Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings kind of go along with it.
Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings, and Sue Bird collected their third consecutive Olympic gold medals on Saturday with Team USA's 86-50 win over France. It was presumed this would be the end of that core that had kicked off the most dominant run in women's basketball history at the Olympics.
But in an interview on national television with Craig Sager for NBC, Taurasi was asked if she would be back.
"Hell yeah," the captain guard said, and turned to her cohorts. She extended her hand to Bird, who didn't seem to understand what she was saying, until Taurasi exclaimed "We're going to Rio!"
Then, hilariously, Bird shrugged like a friend being convinced to road trip to Vegas and said "We're going to Rio."
Taurasi will be 34, Catchings 37, Bird 35 in 2016 for Rio, but it's also likely they won't be asked to lead as much if they were to return. With Candace Parker (who lead the U.S. in their win over France), Brittney Griner likely to join the team, and Maya Moore along with Tina Charles entering their prime, Team USA is a near-lock to win in Rio anyway. But if the legends want to tag along for one more run, it'a lock they'll be welcome.
It's not a binding committment and they literally just finished wrapping up their third. There's every reason to think they'll reconsider and bail. But for right now, Taurasi and company don't seem willing to walk away from a shot at No.6 for Team USA.
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