WNBA All-Stars Practice – “It’s Like a Dream”

The WNBA All-Star game was held at the Mohegan Sun Arena this past Saturday and on Friday the stars came out to practice and the public was invited to join in the festivities.

They have been the “Three to See.” Center Brittney Griner, forward Elena Delle Donne and guard Skylar Diggins, but that turned into the “Three Who Will Watch.”

Diggins, playing for the struggling Tulsa Shock, was not chosen for the All-Star team in the Western Conference.

Delle Donne, the former Delaware All-American and top vote-getter for the game, suffered a concussion playing in Wednesday’s game in Washington and was formally ruled out of the game Friday. In fact, Delle Donne will not even attend the game because of her medical condition.

And Griner, the 6-8 tower of terror from Baylor, the league’s top draft pick by Phoenix, was pulled from the game — and the Western Conference’s starting lineup — on Thursday because of a lingering knee injury.

Of the three, Griner was the only one in attendance, and when Dani Krapf, 12, of Lisbon got the attention of her favorite player from across the court, well, Krapf said it best  “It’s like a dream”.

Dani Krapf was wearing the jersey of her favorite player when she attended the WNBA All-Star practice Friday afternoon and even though Brittney Griner wouldn't be playing in the game, due to a lingering knee injury, it didn't stop her from making this little girl have the experience of her life.

Dani Krapf was wearing the jersey of her favorite player when she attended the WNBA All-Star practice Friday afternoon and even though Brittney Griner wouldn’t be playing in the game it didn’t stop her from making this little girl have the experience of her life.

When Krapf came face to face with her idol she was overcome with emotion as Griner came over to greet the young fan.

When Krapf came face to face with her idol she was overcome with emotion as Griner came over to greet the young fan. Her dad and friend Hailey Bouchard, 12, get their camera/phones out to get some pictures of the two.

Griner happily posed for photos with Krapf as she tried to hold back her tears of joy.

Griner happily posed for photos with Krapf as she tried to hold back her tears of joy.

Griner spent a good five minutes with fans along the sidelines welcoming anyone that wished to have their photo taken with her. Not many of the All-Stars took the time to greet fans during the low key fan friendly practice but Griner was more than accommodating.

Griner spent a good five minutes with fans along the sidelines welcoming anyone that wished to have their photo taken with her. Not many of the All-Stars took the time to greet fans during the low key fan friendly practice but Griner was more than accommodating.

Diana Taurasi was also more than happy to sign jerseys, hats, and posters for many of the fans that attended the event.

Diana Taurasi was also more than happy to sign jerseys, hats, and posters for many of the fans that attended the event.

The expression on Krapf's face had turned from "Oh My God", Brittney Griner is coming over to see me to "It's Like a Dream" as she still couldn't believe her good fortune. It certainly made her day.

The expression on Krapf’s face had turned from “Oh My God”, Brittney Griner is coming over to see me to “It’s Like a Dream” as she still couldn’t believe her good fortune. It certainly made her day.

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to WNBA All-Stars Practice – “It’s Like a Dream”

  1. CUNNINGHAM says:

    what a team. congratulations ladies/