Lynx guard Helen Darling took time after practice on Tuesday to answer questions submitted by fans. Here's what she had to say.

July 13, 2004

I attended the season ticket holder practice last week, and I want you to know that I admire how hard you work to be on the team and earn a starting position! You are a fighter, and I'm proud you're on the Lynx! Is there an individal on the team that has especially made your transition easier? Also, off the court, who do you usually hang out with? Thanks Helen, and good luck! May God keep blessing you!
Annette (Minneapolis)

I think the team; there is no one individual that made the transition easier. I think the biggest help is just God and praying because it was a tough transition for the kids and everything. But the team is a great close-knit team and just being around them made the transition a whole lot easier.

I hang with the whole team, but I'm really close with Vanessa Hayden I call her my big baby. But I hang with Tamika, Tasha, Stacy, Lass, and T those are the people I hang with most, but the person I hang with the most of any is Vanessa.

I was just wondering if having Suzie McConnell there in Minnesota made it easier for you, since you both went to PSU and then played together in Cleveland?
Michelle (Mill Hall, PA)

Suzie is a coach, so it is hard for her to make the transition easier. There is an age difference between us. Just being familiar with her style and personality made it a lot easier, knowing she is a hard worker and a player's coach.

How was it playing against Diana Taurasi? Is she hard to guard? I went to the game on Friday the 9th of July and it was my first ever Lynx game. It was the GREATEST game! I'm really happy I could be there to share the comeback and WIN against the Mercury! Great job to you and the rest of the Lynx!
Angela (Mounds View)

Yes, she has a size advantage over me and she is a very finesse player. She does a great job of changing speeds, but it was fun and a learning experience. I'm a competitor, so I like that.

helen, you are an amazing athlete! how old were you when you started playing basketball?
maria (blaine)

I never know the age, but I was in the sixth grade.

Hello, Helen! I still have your autograph on my basketball I got from the Total You Tour in Chicago. How hard are your practices in the WNBA, and how often do you practice?
Antoinette (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Practice varies depending on the games like now, we had three games in four days, so we didn't practice but we watched film. It's up to you to come in to the gym if you need extra work or want to work on things. We're professionals, so it is our responsibility to stay in shape.

Helen, you are my basketball idol! Sometimes you practice against Teresa Edwards and I practice against my coach. I'm interested in a basketball career. You, Katie, Teresa, and Suzie McConnell Serio have encourged me to practice more and have a good sportsmanship. My question is, how do you manage to play ball and have triplets at home that you miss?
Chaslynne (new brighton)

The grace of God and great family support. My boyfriend, Orlando, does a great job of calling me from home and keeping me updated and talking to the children. It's hard I cry at times. But I think it's for the best. But hopefully if I'm here next year, I can bring the kids up.

Helen, I really enjoy watching you play the game. What are your plans after your basketball career is over? I wish you the best of luck this season. God Bless.
Karisa (Lancaster, CA)

I don't know yet. I have a degree in kinesology, which allows me to teach athletes and be a physical trainer. I don't know yet maybe I will coach, maybe I won't. But really I don't know yet; I'm 25 years old and still feel like I have another 10 years to play.

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