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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Phoenix, AZ

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Phoenix, AZ offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Phoenix, AZ, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Phoenix, AZ

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Phoenix, AZ

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Phoenix, AZ

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Phoenix, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Phoenix, AZ

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Phoenix, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Phoenix, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

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NBA Trade Rumor: Phoenix Suns interested in Jazz’s Bojan Bogdanovic?

Accordin to Brian Windhorst, he would not be surprised if the Phoenix Suns make a bid for Bojan Bogdanovic. The Suns are in trade negotiations right now, mainly centered around Jae Crowder, per @WindhorstESPN. Bojan Bogdanovic is a potential target to monitor.Windhorst also relays Phoenix is wor...

Accordin to Brian Windhorst, he would not be surprised if the Phoenix Suns make a bid for Bojan Bogdanovic.

The Suns are in trade negotiations right now, mainly centered around Jae Crowder, per @WindhorstESPN. Bojan Bogdanovic is a potential target to monitor.Windhorst also relays Phoenix is working on a long-term contract extension for Cam Johnson. pic.twitter.com/g23IoiqfWw

— Evan Sidery (@esidery) September 19, 2022

Windhorst mentions the Suns are very active right in trade talks right now with Jae Crowder at the center of those talks. He goes on to say that there are multiple teams interested in Bogdanovic, which for the Jazz is good news. Having more teams interested gives the Jazz another bidding war for one of their core pieces from last season.

This makes it seem like Bogdanovic trade may be looming soon. We’ve heard multiple rumors that teams are interested in Bojan Bogdanovic, including the Lakers, and that might be what’s driving this segment as much as anything. Danny Ainge is still willing to trade these players and it’s just a matter waiting for a team out there willing to pay the price that Ainge has set. That price for Bogdanovic? A first-round pick. That seems easy enough for the Suns with a late first-round pick likely being somewhere in the late 20s. That means Ainge is working through the bids. If there’s one thing we’ve learned this summer it’s that Ainge will wait until he gets the best deal possible. But once he gets that? The deal will happen.

There’s another angle here that might be influencing this. Are the Jazz floating this out there to get the Lakers to move on a deal? The Jazz have shown this summer they’re going to do the best deal possible regardless of who the deal is with. If the Lakers are holding out on sending unprotected future picks to the Jazz for a possible Westbrook deal, they may find themselves empty-handed soon. Just ask the Knicks.

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Who's your pick for the Week 4 Friday Night Fever Game of the Week?

PHOENIX — Week 3 was an incredible week for the new Friday Night Fever Game of the Week poll!In just its 3rd week of existence there was a massive turnout of more than 129,000 votes, more than 77% of them were from the winning matchup: Florence at Coolidge!The FNF crew had a great time in Pinal County, but now it is on to another ...

PHOENIX — Week 3 was an incredible week for the new Friday Night Fever Game of the Week poll!

In just its 3rd week of existence there was a massive turnout of more than 129,000 votes, more than 77% of them were from the winning matchup: Florence at Coolidge!

The FNF crew had a great time in Pinal County, but now it is on to another week of exciting high school football action and to announce who will be battling it out to become the top game Week 4 of season 33 of Arizona's longest-running high school football show!

So, without further ado, let's get to the Week 4 nominees for Game of the Week.

First up is what may be the biggest game of the 2022 season so far. In a rematch of last year's Open Division state championship (which Saguaro won 20-15), Saguaro heads down Arizona Avenue to play Chandler. These two teams have played 11 times before in their history and the record is 6-4-1 in favor of the Sabercats. Saguaro and Chandler also met in the first-ever Open Division state title game back in 2019 and Chandler won that game 42-35. That was their first meeting since 1992. So far this year, head coach Rick Garretson's Wolves are 3-0 with wins over Cathedral Catholic (CA), Corona del Sol, and Notre Dame Prep. As for head coach Jason Mohns' Sabercats, Saguaro is 2-1 this year. They lost to Bergen Catholic (NJ) to open the season, but have gotten back-to-back wins over Queen Creek and Sandra Day O'Connor.

Out in the west Valley on Friday night, the Willow Canyon Wildcats will take on Sierra Linda Bulldogs. The Wildcats return several key starters from their 7-win team last year that came up just short of a playoff berth. They have started this year 2-0 with wins over Raymond S. Kellis and La Joya. Sierra Linda has a new head coach this year in Tyrone Preyer, who took over for Nate Gill after Gill took the Desert Vista job. It has been a great start to the season for Preyer and the Bulldogs. They are 3-0 with wins over Alhambra, ALA-Ironwood, and Empire.

Finally, out in the southeast Valley, the ALA-Queen Creek Patriots will battle their crosstown rival, the Queen Creek Bulldogs. Last season, both of these schools advanced to the Open Division playoffs (Queen Creek out of 6A and ALA-Queen Creek out of 4A) but lost in the first round. Queen Creek was the #7 seed and lost to Chandler, while ALA-Queen Creek was the #8 seed and lost to Hamilton. ALA-Queen Creek moved up to 5A this year and head coach Ty Detmer's squad is 3-0 to start the year. The Patriots have beaten Verrado, Cactus, and South Mountain. It's been a more challenging start to the season for Queen Creek because head coach Travis Schureman's Bulldogs have played a tough opening schedule. Queen Creek is 1-2 with a season-opening win over San Joaquin Memorial (CA), but has back-to-back losses to Saguaro and Pinnacle.

Now that you have all of the information, it's time to vote, so head to the poll below and vote as many times as you want for your school and/or favorite game.

We also need your help deciding the Friday Night Fever Hot Shots play of the week from last week and you can vote in that poll by clicking here.

We'll reveal who won the Game of the Week on Thursday after the poll closes at 10 a.m.

Be sure to be a believer and watch the winning game on Friday Night Fever at 11:35 p.m. The FNF crew will also be live before the game on 12 News at 5 and 6 at the winning matchup.

Warriors’ Draymond Green reacts to NBA’s one-year suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver: ‘That’s bull----'

Golden State Warriors star forward Draymond Green is not pleased with the NBA’s punishment of Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver.Sarver was ...

Golden State Warriors star forward Draymond Green is not pleased with the NBA’s punishment of Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver.

Sarver was suspended last week for one season and fined $10 million following the league’s investigation into claims he ran a toxic workplace environment.

The NBA found that Sarver "repeated the N-word when recounting the statements of others" at least five times, and "engaged in instances of inequitable conduct toward female employees, made many sex-related comments in the workplace, made inappropriate comments about the physical appearance of female employees and other women, and on several occasions engaged in inappropriate physical conduct toward male employees."

Sarver will be allowed to return to the team as owner after his one-year suspension, though there has been significant pushback to that idea in recent days.

On Thursday, Suns minority owner Jahm Najafi called on Sarver to resign from his position, and PayPal said it will not renew its sponsorship with the Suns if Sarver is involved with the organization after the conclusion of his one-year suspension.

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Green called on the league to vote on whether Sarver should be forced to sell the team.

"For everything that the NBA stands against and stands for, this report that came out last week is the total opposite of everything that the NBA stands for," Green said Tuesday.

"So, to think that someone like Robert Sarver that’s acting in that manner can continue to represent us, that’s bul----. You can't continue to represent way more people than yourself with those views. With speaking to people the way he did. With treating African Americans and women the way he has. That's not OK."

NBPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CALLS FOR LIFETIME BAN ON SUNS OWNER ROBERT SARVER

Green also ripped the notion that Sarver’s use of the N-word when "recounting the statements of others" was potentially less egregious.

"Stop it. That’s ridiculous," Green said on "The Draymond Green Show" on Tuesday.

"Because the level of comfort that you have to have to even use the word again does not validate or make it OK for Robert Sarver to use the N-word."

Green is not the first player to criticize the league’s punishment of Sarver, with the Lakers’ LeBron James and Suns point guard Chris Paul both saying the punishment was too light.

Ahead of FIBA World Cup, Kia Nurse recalls "hell on earth" WNBA season without Griner

The early-August day Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison, Kia Nurse and her Phoenix Mercury teammates watched the heart-wrenching court proceedings play out on their phones in their locker-room.The Mercury hosted the Connecticut Sun later that day, and the two teams locked arms at centre court pre-game for a tearful 42 seconds of silence — a nod to Griner's Phoenix jersey number."It was really hard to play that game. I don't know how my teammates did it. It was really hard to play an entir...

The early-August day Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison, Kia Nurse and her Phoenix Mercury teammates watched the heart-wrenching court proceedings play out on their phones in their locker-room.

The Mercury hosted the Connecticut Sun later that day, and the two teams locked arms at centre court pre-game for a tearful 42 seconds of silence — a nod to Griner's Phoenix jersey number.

"It was really hard to play that game. I don't know how my teammates did it. It was really hard to play an entire season without her," Nurse said.

The 26-year-old guard from Hamilton returns to Canada's national team at the FIBA Women's World Cup in Australia, her first official action since tearing her ACL in her right knee on Oct. 6.

Nurse fought back tears on Monday as she recalled the darkest days of "a hell on earth" season for the Mercury.

"BG is the best of the best when it comes to human beings," she said of Griner, an eight-time WNBA all-star, who was convicted of drug possession and smuggling after less than a gram of cannabis oil was found in her luggage.

"It was a lot this season to not have her on the court, to not have her spirit, her energy around and the fact that she's not home yet is disheartening. We did our best as a team to make sure that her story was told, to make sure that her name was upfront as much as possible but you go to practice and you wonder what she's doing."

The Mercury continued Griner's BG Heart and Sole Shoe Drive in her absence, visiting all 12 WNBA markets.

'Help bring her home'

"We're continuing to keep her in our prayers, to keep her family in our prayers, continuing to make sure she knows that she's loved, and she's not forgotten and putting as much emphasis as we can on those who have the power to make decisions to help bring her home — because she is wrongfully detained there by all accounts," Nurse said.

Nurse's knee injury had already made this past year the toughest of her career.

"There was a lot of great days, a lot of bad days, a lot of tears, a lot of anger, but a lot of little wins along the way as well," Nurse said in a Zoom media availability from Sydney, Australia. "I had physically the smoothest process possible, my knee, she's a great girl, I love her for that. But just, mentally, it's been hard. It's been up and down and a roller-coaster."

She spent several months of her rehab at home in Ontario, leaning on her boyfriend John Robinson IV and her family for support.

WATCH | Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian prison:

American basketball star Brittney Griner has been sentenced to nine years in prison after being found guilty of drug possession and smuggling in Russian court.

"John, the poor guy, took all of my good days, and he took the heat on all of my bad days," Nurse laughed.

She sought recovery advice from her brother Darnell, a defenceman with the Edmonton Oilers, and her uncle Donovan McNabb, a 13-year NFL veteran who also tore his ACL.

"We went through hell on earth this year as a team," Nurse said. "And not being able to be out there with them was one of the hardest things and that's where my patience got very testy. Not as patient as I would have liked, but it's a process and even to this point, you can't skip anything in this process.

"As much as I would love to skip a minute restriction in this tournament, I'm not allowed."

The Canadian women open the FIBA World Cup versus Serbia on Thursday (11 p.m. ET on Wednesday), and then play France, Japan, Australia and Mali in the group phase. Nurse, who last played for the national team at the Tokyo Olympics where Canada didn't advance out of the preliminary round, hopes to see her playing time increase with each game.

Team veteran Natalie Achonwa, who tore her ACL in her senior season at Notre Dame, reassured Nurse that "there's no weight on her shoulders."

"She looks great," Achonwa said. "I tell Kia every day that she just needs to be her. Especially going through a process like tearing an ACL and coming back from that, I've been there, done that and I realize the mental and the emotional strain that it takes.

"She's tackled this every day and it's like we say, celebrate the little wins … but Kia has been dominating in practice and in our two exhibition games (vs. China and Puerto Rico). I've just been so happy to see her and share the court with her again."

Physically, the six-foot Nurse said, since she was relegated to the weight room for so much of her rehab, she's the strongest she's ever been. She said she hasn't forgotten how to pass, dribble or shoot, it's just a matter now of being able to do it all again at high speed.

Mentally, she said she's learned that she's "really resilient."

"I've always been told I'm a tough player, and I think a lot of that comes from just being able to throw my body around the floor, take a hit and get back up," she said. "This the first time that I've had to deal with an injury of this extent, and of this length.

"I learned how to be an even better trainer, and even better professional athlete in terms of taking care of my body it's helped me figure out what's best for me as a person. And hey, I'm a hell of a fighter. That's what I've learned."

The Harlem Globetrotters are returning to TV for the first time in more than 40 years

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 03: Bounce Moody scores a slam-dunk during the Harlem Globetrotters Spread Game Tour at Qudos Bank Arena on July 03, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Nathan Hopkins/Getty Images)

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The Harlem Globetrotters are returning to network TV for the first time in more than 40 years.

The world-famous exhibition basketball team known for its spectacular ball handling and humorous antics will appear in a weekly show called “Harlem Globetrotters: Play it Forward” on NBC.

The show, which debuts Oct. 1, will be hosted by Craig Robinson of “The Office.” It will showcase the players’ talents and their connections to local communities, including volunteer initiatives and fundraising. The Globetrotters also previously participated in efforts such as anti-bullying campaign T.E.A.M. Up and Hoops for the Troops.

“Many of us grew up watching and admiring the Globetrotters,” said Frank Biancuzzo, president of Hearst Media Production Group, which is partnering with the team to produce the show. “They are magicians on the basketball court and true role models in the community. We’ll bring that compassion, energy and excitement to the new weekly series.”

Each episode will focus on team members’ inspirations and interests, including space exploration with NASA, financial responsibility and literacy, urban farming, and female empowerment.

The move back to television is a way for the Harlem Globetrotters to expand their reach with a new generation of fans, said Keith Dawkins, president of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Craig Robinson will host “Harlem Globetrotters: Play it Forward” a new 30-minute weekly show airing on NBC.

Hearst Media Production Group

Previously, the Harlem Globetrotters appeared in a Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera and CBS, which featured animated versions of players from the basketball team. The show aired from 1970 to 1971 and followed a weekly formula where the team would travel to try and help settle local issues over a basketball game.

Typically, the opposing team would do something to rig the contest, but the Globetrotters would find a away to even the odds and win the game. The formula was repeated for “The Super Globetrotters,” a 1979 animated series from Hanna-Barbera that aired on NBC.

The team also appeared in a live-action Saturday morning variety show in the 1970s called “The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine,” which showcased the characters’ skills through comedy skits and educational segments.

The new 30-minute show will be live-action and air on Saturdays at 11 a.m. ET during NBC’s “The More You Know” programming block.

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