SportsPulse: Sports marketing expert Jarrod Moses breaks down the financial and economic impact of the 2020 Tokyo Games being postponed. USA TODAY


Amid all the fluidity surrounding the told ESPN she still plans to play in the Tokyo Olympics even if the IOC pushed them back a year because of concerns about COVID-19. Taurasi, who turns 38 in June, has not commented publicly yet on whether she still intends to play in the Tokyo Olympics.

Despite expressing disappointment about those developments, Fowles also considered it “a blessing in disguise” because this added time might allow Bird and Taurasi to recharge. Bird missed the 2019 WNBA season because of knee surgery, while Taurasi played in only six games because of various back and hamstring ailments.

“I think about older players who have nagging injuries like Sue or D. I guess it’s a give and take,” Fowles said. “You give them another year, how will they hold up? But at the same time, they are veterans and know what to do with their bodies. I think it’ll benefit them this way.”

The delay may also benefit Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne, who won a WNBA championship and league MVP last season despite nursing three herniated disks. After having off-season back surgery and dealing with initial nerve pain, Delle Donne said she's “been able to get a lot of my strength back.” Even before she became confined to rehabbing from 真人百家家乐官网网站home, Delle Donne had not been cleared for any on-court work.

“Anytime you get a surgery, especially a back surgery, there are always questions,” Delle Donne told USA TODAY Sports. “I have stayed super positive and told myself for the Olympics, ‘I’ll be back and I’ll be ready.’ But you really never know, especially as I progress more and more. Time for me is not a bad thing with just trying to heal this back.”

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