Griner’s WNBA return not a fairytale, but there were still plenty of joyful moments

PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner’s return to the WNBA after nearly 10 months in a Russian prison hasn’t always been the smoothest ride. There have been injuries. There was a break for mental health. The Phoenix Mercury haven’t been very good, and the coach was fired less than halfway through the season. But there have also been many moments of joy. She was welcomed by adoring crowds at nearly every WNBA arena. Individually, she played well, and was selected to play in another All-Star game. It’s all added up to a unique journey for the 6-foot-9 Griner, who played her final home game of the season on Friday night.