Inside the minds of WNBA players

This is Our Game: Swin Cash

Detroit's Swin Cash
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Despite missing most of the early part of the season recovering from a knee injury, Detroit Shock forward Swin Cash was voted in as a starter in the 2005 WNBA All-Star Game and is finally healthy again. Cash admits that getting back to playing strength and rehabbing properly was the hardest thing she has ever had to do. But Ms. Cash has kept busy off the court as well, starting her own company and testing the modeling and broadcasting waters. Find out what drives the two-time All-Star and inspires her when she needs that extra motivation...

Q. What is your motivation when don't feel like working out, running that extra mile, or waking up early?
"The hunger inside. Playing basketball for me was a sense of survival. It was a way of having accomplishments and finding success. Every day that I wake up, I think about the struggles I have gone through to get here and the things I need to do to continue on."

Q. Was there a time in your life when you thought about giving up the game?
"I never thought about not playing, but as it gets tougher, you question whether or not you will be good enough to succeed at that level, but I always wanted to be the best, so that motivation kicks in and cancels the rest of that stuff out."

Q. What are some other goals you've set for yourselves off the court that you are interested in or pursuing?
"Acting and a career in entertainment is another one of my goals. I am also focusing on being an entrepreneur. I graduated from Connecticut and ready to get into business, starting my own brand and working with a creative team now and putting it all together. I want to be like Magic someday, who has his hand in lots of ventures. From a business standpoint, he is the man that I am trying to be like. He has given me some great advice and was the one who told me that I can get started now at 25 and don't have to wait."