First it was Elena Delle Donne. Then it was Thursday night’s fireworks show at the Mohegan Sun. And now, the WNBA’s All-Star Weekend will be without Brittney Griner.
The league has just announced that Seattle Storm forward Tina Thompson – the WNBA’s all-time career scoring leader, a four-time WNBA champion and the only player to have participated in every WNBA season – has been named as a replacement player for injured Phoenix Mercury rookie center Brittney Griner on the Western Conference roster.
Griner, the No. 1 pick in the league draft, was voted to the game as a starter by fans. She has missed Phoenix’s last five games due to a knee injury. Griner will attend the All-Star festivities.
For Thompson, 38, this marks her record ninth All-Star appearance, placing her ahead of Lisa Leslie and Tamika Catchings.