Mercury Head Coach Sandy Brondello and Guard DeWanna Bonner talk about the team’s goals
May 31, 2018
Currently tied at third in their western division, Phoenix Mercury Head Coach Sandy Brondello and Guard DeWanna Bonner talk about the road to a championship and how the WNBA continues to develop.
Bonner comes back to the season after taking the last year off as she welcomed twins to the world. Her coach says the guard has shown amazing versatility and agility especially after just giving birth. Bonner joins team veterans Dianna Taurasi and Brittney Griner in the 2018 season.
“We like our team but we know this is a very difficult league to win,” Brondello says. “We have to focus on each and every moment and not look too far ahead. The ultimate goal is to win a championship, but to do that we have to put in a lot of hard work. Are we capable? Yes. But we have to play with a lot of persistence and consistency.”
People who have worked alongside Brondello says she takes planning very seriously. The coach says it’s true because it’s her job to prepare to the best of her ability. After games, especially ones in which the Mercury lose, Brondello goes back to watch it again and takes notes on areas the team can get better. Best of all, she enjoys what she does.
The WNBA has created a family friendly environment for both fans and players. The Mercury have recently introduced a family room where there’s someone there to look after the player’s and support staff’s children like Brondello’s 11- and 8-year-olds.
“They love being around the team,” Brondello says about her kids. “I want them to be around the team. I love going to work every day. I’m blessed to have a career and be a mother as well because it’s important to me… It [the new family room] allows the people taking care of our children to enjoy the game as well.”
The league seems to be adding more skill to the game with every season. Brondello says part of it may have to do with sport science getting better so the players can prepare more effectively. Another important factor is the increase in athleticism and the mindset of “you get out what you put into it.”
“Every team is pretty much super athletic and super fast,” Bonner says. “Every game you have to bring it. A couple years ago maybe the league was a little lopsided. You had a team you don’t have to play as hard against, but now every night you have to bring it.”
The league is changing off the court as much as it is on. Young girls are reaching out to players and asking them questions about the game, Bonner says. Brondello says it helps that the WNBA have become more nationally recognized and games are broadcast on TV because it encourages young girls everywhere.
The Mercury’s next game is Friday night at 5 p.m. against the Lynx in Minnesota. Their next home game is June 8 at 7 p.m. against the Chicago Sky. For more information on the Mercury visit mercury.wnba.com.