Brittney Griner is honored in Washington despite missing Mercury’s game with a hip injury

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, right, talks with Washington Mystics coach Eric Thibault, left, and general manager Mike Thibault before a WNBA basketball game Friday, June 16, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brittney Griner waved to fans who applauded her as she walked onto the court, embraced Elena Della Donne and signed an autograph before taking a seat on the bench. A video tribute and standing ovation followed at the first timeout.