Phoenix Mercury

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Phoenix Mercury
Founded1997; 26 years ago (1997)
HistoryPhoenix Mercury
ArenaFootprint Center
LocationPhoenix, Arizona
Team colorsPurple, orange, light grey, black[1][2]
Main sponsorCasino Arizona
Talking Stick Resort
General managerJim Pitman
Head coachVanessa Nygaard
Assistant(s)Crystal Robinson
Nikki Blue
Cinnamon Lister
OwnershipMat Ishbia
Championships3 (2007, 2009, 2014)
Conference titles4 (1998, 2007, 2009, 2014)

The Phoenix Mercury are an American professional basketball team. They are based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Mercury play basketball in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). They are in the WNBA's Western Conference. When they play basketball in Phoenix, the Mercury play at the Footprint Center. The team won the 2007, 2009, and 2014 WNBA Championship.

The team was made in 1997. It is one of the eight original WNBA teams. As of 2023, the Mercury have been to the WNBA Playoffs fifteen times. In 1998, 2007, 2009, 2014, and 2021 the Mercury went to the WNBA Finals. They lost to the Houston Comets in 1998, and to the Chicago Sky in 2021. In 2007, they won against the Detroit Shock. In 2009, they won against the Indiana Fever. In 2014, they won against the Chicago Sky.

Many good basketball players have been on the Phoenix Mercury, such as Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi, and Candice Dupree. As of 2023, the team's coach is Vanessa Nygaard. Nygaard was a player for the New York Liberty from 1999 to 2003.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Team Directory" (PDF). 2020 Phoenix Mercury Media Guide. WNBA Enterprises, LLC. July 24, 2020. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  2. "Phoenix Mercury Reproduction Guideline Sheet". WNBA Enterprises, LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  3. "MERCURY NAMES VANESSA NYGAARD HEAD COACH". Phoenix Mercury. Retrieved 2022-01-24.