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Ahead of FIBA World Cup, Kia Nurse recalls “hell on earth” WNBA season without Griner

The early-August day Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison, Kia Nurse and her Phoenix Mercury teammates watched the heart-wrenching court proceedings play out on their phones in their locker-room.

The Mercury hosted the Connecticut Sun later that day, and the two teams locked arms at centre court pre-game for a tearful 42 seconds of silence — a nod to Griner’s Phoenix jersey number.

“It was really hard to play that game. I don’t know how my teammates did it. It was really hard to play an entire season without her,” Nurse said.

The 26-year-old guard from Hamilton returns to Canada’s national team at the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Australia, her first official action since tearing her ACL in her right knee on Oct. 6.

Nurse fought back tears on Monday as she recalled the darkest days of “a hell on earth” season for the Mercury.

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