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Phoenix Mercury

The WNBA's Phoenix Mercury are a basketball team in Phoenix, Arizona that began in 1997 as one of the league's original eight teams. In their six years of playing, they have had mixed success.

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Uniform Their uniform is white, yellow and orange at home with a logo of the planet Mercury in reddish orange, and the word Mercury in yellow; it is orange and yellow on the road.

World Championships

History With a cast that included hall-of-famer Nancy Lieberman[?], possible future hall-of-famers Michele Timms of Australia, and Jennifer Gillom[?], plus the energetic and hyper-active star Bridget Pettis[?], the Mercury reached the playoffs at various times during the late 1990s, including a trip to the WNBA Finals[?] in 1998, where they lost to the Houston Comets as the league's Eastern Conference[?] champions. (Strange as it might seem, Phoenix was an Eastern Conference team back then.)

After league expansion, the team was relocated to the Western Conference; all of the above-mentioned players (except for Gillom) left, because of retirement or trades, and the Mercury stopped being a playoff contender. In addition, player Lisa Harrison[?] has become a sex symbol, and Playboy Magazine offered her money to pose in their magazine. The Mercury had hoped to get a chance to draft college star Tameeka Catchings[?], who is one of the best basketball players in the country, but Catchings went to the Indiana Fever instead.

Retired Numbers

  • 7 Michele Timms

Hall of Famers

  • Nancy Lieberman
  • Cheryl Miller (coach)

Not to be Forgotten

  • Marlies Askamp
  • Bridget Pettis

Current Stars

  • Lisa Harrison

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