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Phoenix Mercury Celebrate Pride Night with Colorful Kicks

The players definitely brought out some special shoes for a special game.

It was the Pride Night game for the Phoenix Mercury, when they took on the LA Sparks, on June 14th. The shoes showcased at this game were, of course, pride-themed and every single player brought some heat on their feet.

Diana Taurasi walked into the arena with the Air Max “95s” and cheered on her team from the bench with the LeBron 16 ‘Be True’ kicks. Diana has started practicing with the team, and hopefully will be on the court soon with some more killer shoes.

Brittany Griner had a huge game and made her 11th career regular season dunk in the 3rd quarter. Griner said it wasn’t her favorite dunk, but it sure was Sophie Cunningham’s favorite! Nike sent Griner the new Kyrie ‘Be True’ release, just for Pride Night. The shoe has a cool touch to them nodding to the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, by featuring the Pride flag. She said, “I like them. They are pretty dope. I really like how they got the flag on there too, especially with this year. It really pops on the white.” 

Griner was one of the faces Nike used for their ‘Be True’ release. I asked her what it meant to her to help Nike promote the release of their pride collection, and she said it was an honor. “I am very happy and lucky Nike supports us so much. They listen to us, what we want to do. Big shout out to Nike for that and everything that they are doing. All the reaching out, the campaign ‘Be True’. Big shout out to them. I am very happy.” Griner added. 

Some players really dug deep to bring out what were some really rad shoe choices. My shoe of the game belongs to Phoenix Mercury player #20, Camille Little. She wore the Air Flightposite ‘Topaz Mist’ kicks. The strips really popped from the court and just looked really, really cool. My runner up and close second were Nneka Ogwumike’s Adidas N3XT L3V3L ‘Pastel’ kicks. The colors and design of the shoe are a great combination.

The Mercury took a heartbreaking loss to the LA Sparks, with a final score of 68 – 85. Their next game will be on the road against Dallas. As for Pride Night, it was a great atmosphere and the fans were really immersed in it. Assistant Coach Penny Taylor told the crowd during her halftime interview, that Pride meant happiness to her, and boy was there a lot of happiness in the arena. The players definitely brought out some special shoes for a special game. 

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Graduated with a B.S. in Sport and Entertainment Management from the University of South Carolina in 2018. Excited for the opportunity to bring my two passions together while writing for #MadeForTheW, women's basketball and killer kicks.

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