As a huge fan of UConn basketball, I was used to seeing a partially clad Taurasi traipsing around, but there's a big difference between the shirt-and-shorts version and this.
Seeing entertainers and sports figures (is there any difference these days?) pose naked is not shocking in itself. It has been happening for years, and has extended well beyond Playboy. Remember the pregnant Demi Moore on Vanity Fair in 1991?
Maybe Taurasi thinks it will help people consider her as more than a jock? I'd rather see her accomplish that being signing on as spokeswoman for a worthy cause. Or by using her WNBA salary and five-figure speaking fees to continue the good works of her foundation. She says, "Doing the shoot was something new and I had fun with it. For me, doing this was about facing the challenge and celebrating everything all of our bodies have been through and done."