Vice President Kamala Harris was among those celebrating the return of Brittney Griner to the WNBA on Friday. The Phoenix Mercury star had taken a leave of absence from the league for five months, and her return was highly anticipated by fans and players alike.

Griner is one of the league's brightest stars and is known for her dominant play on both ends of the court. She has been named to the All-Star team in all but two of her eight seasons in the league and was the WNBA's Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015.

Her return to the Phoenix Mercury is a welcome boost for the team, who are currently fourth in the Western Conference with a 7-7 record. With Griner back in the lineup, they will be looking to make a push for the playoffs and challenge the top teams in the league.

The WNBA has been making headlines in recent years for its social activism and the fight for equality and justice. Players like Griner have been at the forefront of this movement, using their platform to speak out on issues such as racial injustice and LGBTQ+ rights.

The league has also made strides in increasing its visibility and popularity. The 2021 season marks the league's