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"The World Championship, now the World Cup, is always the hardest one to win," said Taurasi. "It's a grind, it's physically tough and mentally tough. When you talk about playing three games in three nights, you just don't do that anymore as a pro. This is the only tournament that challenges you in that way."

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"I think also that's the influence of a lot of Americans going over there," Diana Taurasi said. "That's the country that has taken the longest since they take such pride in how they teach basketball and how they learn it. You can see the mannerism, the way they are dribbling or reacting after making plays. Those are things you've never seen from a Chinese team. It's good that they show that emotion."

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