Brittney Griner Makes Strong Statement After WNBA Announcement

Fresh off returning from injury, Brittney Griner quickly made her impact felt on the Phoenix Mercury. Now, she gave everyone a preview of her mindset that fueled her spectacular play on the court.

Griner made her season debut for the Mercury on June 7 against the Minnesota Lynx after recovering from a fractured toe; and she immediately became a game-changer for the franchise. In fact, in the two games she played from June 10 to 16, she averaged 26.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 blocks. As a result, she was named the Player of the Week for the West, along with Aliyah Boston for the East.

On Tuesday after learning of the recognition, Griner reflected on her incredible week with a photo dump on Instagram. On one of the photos, she shared a quote that highlighted her mentality as she made her return to the court.

"Believe in yourself. Have a bulletproof mind. Don't seek validation. There's nothing to prove to others. Know yourself. People will always have an opinion. Laugh it off, pay it no mind, certainly don't get provoked. Stand by what you believe in. Don't fold," Griner noted.

It certainly hasn't been an easy return for Brittney Griner. Aside from her health, she also has to consistently deal with criticisms. In fact, the scrutiny on her only intensified when she was named to the Team USA Olympic squad despite coming off an injury.

brittney griner makes strong statement after wnba announcement

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (42) celebrates after a three point basket against the Seattle Storm during the first quarter at Footprint Center in Phoenix on Sunday, June 16, 2024. © Michael Chow/The Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK

Despite that, though, Griner was never bothered and didn't let the hate get into her. Now, we know why. The 33-year-old center's mental toughness is on another level, and it has certainly helped her shut out the noise.

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