Apr 18, 2022;  Phoenix, AZ, US;  Phoenix Mercury center Tina Charles talks with head coach Vanessa Nygaard during the second day of training camp at Verizon 5G Performance Center.

Mercury begins training camp for 2022 season without Brittney Griner

Apr 18, 2022;  Phoenix, AZ, US;  Phoenix Mercury center Tina Charles talks with head coach Vanessa Nygaard during the second day of training camp at Verizon 5G Performance Center.

Even with the excitement of a new season and an opportunity to put last year’s title loss behind, a notable absence lingers at training camp for the Phoenix Mercury.

Often known for creating a lively atmosphere at practice, the Mercury are without center Brittney Griner as she remains detained in Russia. Griner is awaiting trial next month on charges that could bring up to 10 years in prison.

“There’s no one like her in the whole world. I definitely miss her. It’s not even about basketball anymore, we just want her to be well as a human being. She has a big stage and a lot of people know her, and so yeah, we want her to play on the court. Everyone who knows her loves her and wants her to be safe, so we got to keep praying for her,” guard Sophie Cunningham said.

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