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May 23, 2008 at 10:16 AM

A tale for the Aussies

Storm C Yolanda Griffith was funny after her team’s third consecutive comeback win on Thursday. Reporters were asking Sue Bird about some missed three-pointers (eight to be exact) and a rare critical missed free throw late in the fourth quarter when Griffith, whose locker was next to Bird’s, butted in — “Quit talking about free throws!”
Griffith would be sensitive after the air balls she flung in true grandma fashion with 8:12 remaining in the game. Griffith missed both, badly, moving F Lauren Jackson to crack a smile and walk over to Griffith whispering, “Bend your knees! Bend your knees!”
“It’s a commercial in Australia,” Jackson said. “It plays over and over and over again, which makes it funny. But no one here has seen it. If Penny Taylor was here, she would know and would have laughed. I had a bit of a chuckle.”
Taylor and fellow Mercury teammate Belinda Snell remained with their Australian national team to train for the upcoming Beijing Games. Jackson is the biggest name to return to the WNBA while Indiana guard Tully Bevilaqua is also playing in the league, hoping again for a spot on the Aussie Olympic squad.
“One of my main reasons in coming back this year is that I think the best preparation for the Olympics is to be playing against these players,” said Jackson of her decision. “I have a lot more chance to be my best if I’m playing in this league. I’m definitely going to go balls-out and do what I can [to help the Storm win.]”

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