Newly signed Reshanda Gray bringing physicality to Phoenix Mercury

June 29, 2022; Phoenix, Ariz., U.S.; Indiana Fever guard Tiffany Mitchell (25) and forward NaLyssa Smith (1) guard Phoenix Mercury forward Reshanda Gray (12) as she shoots the ball during the first half at Footprint Center.

Reshanda Gray, the Phoenix Mercury’s newest forward, is all for team spirit. Except right now, her spirit is for the wrong team. 

Gray and guard Jennie Simms were signed by the Mercury on Monday afternoon, hours before their first game in Phoenix. 

As Gray walked down the Footprint Center hallways for the first time as part of the Mercury on Monday, the end of her hair was tinted green — reminiscent of the Seattle Storm, the team that waived her on June 24. Ahead of Mercury’s 99-78 victory over the Fever on Wednesday, she paired her hair with a green outfit. 

“She’s still got that green hair, came in with a green outfit today,” Mercury head coach Vanessa Nygaard said. “Can those designers out there, can you send something new in purple and orange please?” 

June 29, 2022; Phoenix, Ariz., U.S.; Phoenix Mercury forward Reshanda Gray (12) guards Indiana Fever forward NaLyssa Smith (1) during the second half at Footprint Center.

But Gray is someone who plans out her pregame outfits, no matter the team, she said. And purple hair is on the horizon for the new Mercury guard. 

“I know I had a lot of heat for my outfit today, but I was telling them it was premade outfits,” Gray said Wednesday. “… I think it’s so funny because this was the first year that I was like, ‘Ooh, I’m actually getting in the team spirit and dyeing my hair green.’ But any other year I’m always purple.”

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