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Brittney Griner says she nearly retired from basketball after imprisonment in Russia

The Phoenix Mercury will open their WNBA season on Tuesday in Las Vegas against the defending champion Aces.

Phoenix is coming off a disappointing year, and center Brittney Griner admits she’s still dealing with the lasting effects of her 10-month imprisonment in Russia in 2022.

During the Mercury’s media day this week, the 33-year-old Griner admitted she nearly retired from basketball.

"Yeah, last year you know I definitely thought about giving it up, but I think that was just down in the trenches and just not feeling my best. But, yeah. Nah, you guys are stuck with me for a while now," said Griner.

Griner, who is expecting a first child with her wife, Cherelle, says she will only go overseas if chosen to play on the U.S. Olympic team this summer in Paris. She has been making the media rounds promoting a new book about her Russian ordeal called “Coming Home.”

Phil Latzman is an award-winning digital journalist and broadcast professional with over 25 years of experience covering news and sports on a multitude of platforms.