Brittney Griner celebrated her return to the US with a slam dunk.
After nearly 10 months in captivity in Russia, the WNBA star was back on the court Sunday after landing in her home state of Texas days earlier.
Griner, 32, donned a pair of Chuck Taylor sneakers, Phoenix Suns shorts and a T-shirt promoting Title IX – and delivered a dunk at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, ESPN reported.
The 6-foot-9 hoopster, freed in a prisoner swap with international arms dealer Viktor Bout, had light training at the facility, her agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, told the outlet.
But she added that Griner isn’t ready to say when or if she plans to return to her career at the Phoenix Mercury.
“If she wants to play, she has to share it. She’s got the holidays to rest and decide what’s next without pressure,” Colas told ESPN’s TJ Quinn.
“She’s doing really, really well. She seems to have taken it in a pretty incredible way,” Colas said, adding that Griner was due to issue a statement on her plans this week.
“At this time there is no timeline for her return. She’s reintegrating into a world that’s changed for her now,” said Colas.
“From a purely safety point of view, she will not be able to move around in the world like she used to. It’s not fate she asked for, but I think she’ll try to use her fame for good,” she added.
Meanwhile, Griner got new glasses to replace the ones that broke in Russia, according to ESPN.
Griner also got a haircut from the San Antonio Spurs barber, according to Colas, who said the Hoops star wanted to clean up the rough cut she got because her signature dreads froze after showering in the penal colony.
The Phoenix Mercury Center, which was busted with cannabis oil at a Moscow airport, was sent to a penal colony in Mordovia while the US negotiated their release in exchange for Bout.
She has not yet spoken publicly about her time in captivity or its resolution.
On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said further prisoner exchanges with the United States were possible.
The US has failed to secure the freedom of former US Marine Paul Whelan, who has been jailed in Russia since December 2018 on fabricated espionage charges.
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