Were you to ask an average NBA fan who is the White Mamba, they would probably answer Biran Scalabrine. Most recognizable as a Celtic, Scalabrine was given the nickname by the Bulls fans while playing for the Chicago team. On this topic, the average NBA fan would be wrong.
While we respect the Bulls fans, we all know who gets to baptize anyone the White Mamba and on June 17, 2017 Kobe Bryant has spoken. Diana Taurasi is the White Mamba. That day she broke the WNBA scoring record and added another feat to her spectacular career.
She is a 3 time WNBA champion, 2 time WNBA Finals MVP, 2009 WNBA regular season MVP, 8 time WNBA All-Star, 9 time first team WNBA, 2004 WNBA rookie of the year and 5 times WNBA scoring champion just to name a few.
You may wonder why all the WNBAs. When we talk about the men we just say ''3 time champion, 2 time MVP'' and so on.
This is where female basketball players become even more impresive. The salary cap in the NBA for teams in 2017/2018 was set at 99 million $. The salary cap in the WNBA for the 2017 season was set at 852.000 $. One more comparison: the minimum salary in the NBA is 1.312.611 $ - the maximum salary in the WNBA is 101.000 $. In order to make more money, WNBA players go abroad in the off season. Through her entire WNBA career Taurasi played abroad, in Russia and Turkey.
So along her WNBA accolades, she is also a 6 time Euroleague champion, 7 time Russian National League champion, 3 time Russian cup winner, 3 time Russian League Player of the Year (MVP), 1 time Turkish National League champion and 1 Turkish cup winner. She also has 4 Olyimpic gold medals, 2 World championship gold medals and was voted one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history.
While we may explain the pay gap by the fact female sports in general are less popular hence bring in less money, it would be very hard to find a male player that has achieved this much in his category of competition. She was named in the Top 15 for a reason, but she is not the clear cut no1. There are other spectacular players on that list you should definatley check out.
In the meantime, check out Taurasi's top 10 plays of her career......shooting, penetrating, under the basket, no look assists, blocks, rebounds. We may found the most complete player of the game and the player is a she.