Penny Taylor: The Wife, The Mother, The Legend
Penny Taylor is not just the wife of WNBA superstar Diana Taurasi. She is also a former basketball player, a coach, and a mother of two. In this blog post, we will take a look at her amazing life and career, and how she balances her family and work.
From Australia to the World
Penny Taylor was born in Melbourne, Australia, on May 24, 1981. She started playing basketball at the age of 4, and soon showed her talent and passion for the game. She attended the Australian Institute of Sport, where she won the WNBL title in 1999. She then played for the Dandenong Rangers, where she became the WNBL MVP in 2001 and 2002.
Taylor was drafted by the Cleveland Rockers in the 2001 WNBA draft, and made her debut in the league at the age of 20. She played for the Rockers for three seasons, before joining the Phoenix Mercury in 2004. That was also the year she met her future wife, Diana Taurasi, who was a rookie on the same team.
A Star on and off the Court
Taylor and Taurasi became teammates and friends, and helped the Mercury win three WNBA championships in 2007, 2009, and 2014. Taylor was also a three-time WNBA All-Star, and made the All-WNBA First Team in 2007 and the All-WNBA Second Team in 2011. She was known for her versatility, leadership, and clutch performance.
Taylor also had a successful international career, playing in China, Italy, Turkey, and Russia. She represented Australia in four Olympic Games, winning two silver medals in 2004 and 2008, and one bronze medal in 2012. She also led the Australian Opals to a gold medal at the 2006 World Championship, where she was named the MVP of the tournament.
A Happy Family
Taylor and Taurasi got married in May 2017, after 13 years of friendship and romance. They welcomed their first child, a son named Leo, in March 2018. Their second child, a daughter named Isa, was born in October 2021, hours after Taurasi led the Mercury to a semifinal win over the Las Vegas Aces.
Taylor retired from playing in 2016, and became the assistant coach of the Mercury in 2019. She supports Taurasi in her career, and also takes care of their children. She says that being a mother is the best thing that ever happened to her, and that she loves her family more than anything.
A Role Model for Many
Taylor is not only a great basketball player, but also a great person. She is humble, kind, and generous. She is an advocate for women’s sports, LGBTQ+ rights, and social justice. She is an inspiration for many young girls and boys who dream of playing basketball, and for anyone who wants to live authentically and happily.
Taylor is more than just the wife of Diana Taurasi. She is a legend in her own right, and a wonderful human being. She deserves all the respect and admiration that she gets, and we are lucky to have her in our world.
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