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Brittney Griner admits she now ‘appreciates everything more’ after returning to the WNBA court, five months after being released from a Russian penal colony where she was placed for drug smuggling but was finally swapped for a terrorist.

“I was literally in a cage and could not stand the way I wanted to,” Griner said. “Just being able to hear my national anthem and see my flag, I definitely want to stand.

“I appreciate everything a little bit more, all of the small moments, like, ‘Oh, I’m so tired, I don’t want to go to practice today,’ that has changed, honestly,” she said.