One of the big questions to be answered this weekend at USA Basketball camp is whether Diana Taurasi will be healthy enough not only to make a solid contribution, but even to play in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Apparently she is on the road to recovery.
Taurasi told the Arizona Republic that she is feeling better. We haven’t heard much from her; she has not been doing interviews while rehabbing her injured left hip flexor, which has limited her to 36 minutes this season with the Phoenix Mercury.
“This is probably the best I’ve felt in a long time,” she told The Republic Thursday. “It’s taken a while to get here. I didn’t expect it to take this long. But I kind of taken an advantage of the opportunity to get 100 percent (healthy). I haven’t been that way in a long time.
“It’s hard to watch your team because you want to help. But sometimes you have to do something that’s in your best interests.”
The rehab began with three weeks of physical therapy, working on her ankles and hip flexor, before moving to strength and conditioning. Taurasi said she will attend USA’s pre-Olympic camp on Saturday.
“I don’t remember the last time I had that much time off where I didn’t play,” she said. “Maybe that’s (good), since i”m getting older now. I’ve been talking to some older players, to Grant (Hill), Steve (Nash) before he left; a lot of people who played for a long time. They said sometimes, a day off is more beneficial than actually going on the court. There are just some little things that I have to learn as I’m playing a little bit more.”
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