PhoenixMercury.com catches up with three-time All-Star forward Candice Dupree where she is currently playing for Spartak Moscow in Russia.

By Ben York, PhoenixMercury.com
Posted: March 5, 2013

PhoenixMercury.com  HereÂs an obvious first question: How are you doing?

Candice Dupree  I\'m doing well. I just got back from a nice five day vacation in Dubai. A little sunshine did the body good!

PhoenixMercury.com  WhatÂs the best and worst part of living in the freezing cold of Russia for half the year?

Candice Dupree  The best part of being in Russia is the chance to experience a different culture and attempting to learn the language. The worst part, and most obvious, is the weather. I like the snow but not this much of it. The traffic here is also pretty bad, too. A drive that should take 40 minutes can take up to five hours sometimes.

PhoenixMercury.com  If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be?

Candice Dupree  I wouldn\'t eliminate anything from my daily schedule. My life is pretty darn simple right now. Wake up and practice for about an hour and 45 minutes, get a lift in, and then chill for the rest of the day.

PhoenixMercury.com  What is the weirdest thing you have eaten in Russia?

Candice Dupree  The weirdest thing I\'ve eaten over here was some kind of soup that was made with the intestines of a cow or pig. No one was really sure. And I can\'t even honestly say that I ate it; I took a picture of it.

PhoenixMercury.com  What\'s the one thing you can\'t live without while overseas?

Candice Dupree  The one thing I can\'t live without while overseas would have to be the internet or some form of Wi-Fi. It\'s my gateway to the world. Without it, I wouldn\'t be able to see my family on Skype or see what\'s going on in the world.

PhoenixMercury.com  Which is worse: Failing or never trying?

Candice Dupree  I\'d say that never trying is definitely worse than failing. By not trying, you miss out on so many different experiences. You have to try new things to figure out what you are and aren\'t good at. For instance, my recent failure with wake boarding! I\'ll stick to basketball.

PhoenixMercury.com  What is the one thing youÂd most like to change about the world?

Candice Dupree  [laughs] I feel like I\'m in the running for Miss America with some of these questions. The things IÂd most like to change in the world would have to be no lying, no cheating and no stealing. I think thatÂs pretty self-explanatory.

PhoenixMercury.com  If happiness was currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

Candice Dupree  [laughs] We\'ve moved onto a Miss Universe question! I don\'t really consider this work but it would have to be spending more time at home with my family. It\'s probably the one thing that makes me the most happy in life.

PhoenixMercury.com  WhatÂs something you know you do differently than most people?

Candice Dupree  I don\'t know about others, but I think I probably clean my body a little differently than most people. We\'re talking three, sometimes four showers a day depending upon whether or not I\'m in the scorching sun in Arizona. And showering for me is a pretty lengthy process. I won\'t go into detail...I\'ll just leave you all wondering!

PhoenixMercury.com  At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

Candice Dupree  Not too long ago, I went to Dubai and I must say that it was, by far, the best vacation I\'ve ever been on. After being in the cold, dirty, polluted country of Russia, Dubai was a welcoming experience. There\'s nothing like a little sunshine to rejuvenate the soul.

PhoenixMercury.com  Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?

Candice Dupree  I\'d rather have more work that I enjoy doing. I\'m the type of person that always has to be doing something. And when it\'s work that I really enjoy, I have no problem spending a lot of my time on it.

PhoenixMercury.com  What\'s the worst thing you did as a kid?

Candice Dupree  The worst thing I did as a kid was killing my parakeet by letting it out of its cage and feeding it potato chips. That was a pretty traumatizing experience for me...along with the bird.

PhoenixMercury.com  If you were to name one piece of clothing that describes you, what would it be and why?

Candice Dupree  I think the one piece of clothing that describes me is pretty obvious. It would have to be basketball shorts. That\'s just about the only thing I wear on a daily basis.

PhoenixMercury.com  Which letter of the alphabet describes you best?

Candice Dupree  The letter that best describes me is ÂS for smart***. I\'m sure those that really know me would have to agree.

PhoenixMercury.com  If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

Candice Dupree  If I were to write a book about myself, I\'d name it Candice Dupree. Pretty simple and keeps me from losing brain cells while trying to come up with a better name.

PhoenixMercury.com  Name one thing that drives you crazy.

Candice Dupree  Mess and dirtiness. According to some, I\'m a bit OCD. So, you can only imagine how bothered I am by people that can\'t clean up after themselves.

PhoenixMercury.com  Do you have a favorite quote?

Candice Dupree  I do have a favorite quote. It\'s by Gandhi and reads, ÂStrength does not come from a physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. I think it\'s a good quote to live your life by. Not to mention I have it tattooed on my side.

PhoenixMercury.com  If you could have an unlimited amount of one thing, what would it be?

Candice Dupree  Youth. With the career field that I\'m in, I think that would be pretty useful.

PhoenixMercury.com  What\'s the funniest prank that someone has played on you?

Candice Dupree  I can honestly say that no one has ever played a prank on me...that I can recall. And if I can\'t remember it, it must not have been a very good prank.

PhoenixMercury.com  What\'s the silliest thing you have heard people say about you?

Candice Dupree  Silliest thing I\'ve heard someone say about me...hmmm. Ask some of these WNBA players; I\'m sure they\'d have a lot to say.