Good news, Mercury fans! This year’s All-Star game is coming to you.
The Phoenix Mercury announced Wednesday that they will host the 2014 All-Star game on July 19.
It’s the latest victory for the franchise, which struggled early last season and eventually fired head coach Corey Gaines due to a disappointing record.
But, the team was able to bounce back and made quite an impressive run in the WNBA Playoffs thanks to 6-foot-8 rookie Brittney Griner, who made a memorable game-winning jumper over the outstretched hand of LA star Candace Parker to send the Mercury to the Western Conference Finals.
This was the end of the road for the Mercury, but it was an exciting moment for fans. And so is Wednesday’s announcement.
Griner was selected to play in the game as a rookie but sat out due to a sprained knee. Now she might get the opportunity to play in her first All-Star game on her home court.
The last time Phoenix hosted the All-Star game was in 2000. A lot has changed since then, especially the pace and physicality of the game. You definitely don’t want to miss it this summer.
Here’s a look back at highlights from last year’s All-Star game in Connecticut:
And here’s a look at the Pre-Game Dunk Fest: