“It is my absolute pleasure to pass the torch on to you,” Thompson said in a congratulatory video posted on Instagram. “We’ve shared so many amazing moments throughout our basketball careers, whether it was gold medals or championships, all-star games — too much to name. I just want you to know that I am so proud of you. You are most definitely one of the best players to ever play this game and definitely one of my favorites. If I had to build a franchise tomorrow, you would be my franchise player. I mean, you’ve done amazing things and I am just grateful that I have been able to share in that.”
Current and former WNBA stars, as well as NBA stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant, were among those who congratulated Taurasi on her record. Taurasi signed a multiyear contract extension in May that’s intended to keep her in Phoenix for the remainder of her WNBA career.