On the Road With...
Houstonís Dawn Staley
WNBA players spend a lot of time on the road, whether traveling in the United
States for the WNBA season, playing overseas in the offseason, or, if they are
lucky, representing their country in top international tournaments such as the
Olympics. Perhaps no one has done more for her country representing the United
States than Comets guard Dawn Staley. But in addition to her USA Basketball committments,
Staley keeps busy as head coach of the Temple University women's basketball program
and, of course, her WNBA committments. Her travels brought her from Charlotte
to Houston this season and revived her hopes of winning a title before hitting
the road for good and calling it quits.
Q. As an experienced
international player with more than a decade of international service to the game
of basketball, what are some countries you've gotten to travel to that stand out
"Wow, I've been to a lot of countries. I'm a globetrotter. I've
been to Russia, Australia, EuropeÖ there are a lot. I really liked Australia.
I enjoyed Sydney, the Games. Maybe because they speak English, that's why I enjoyed
it so much. They are very Americanized."
Q. Is there one place you
haven't been to that you would like to see?
"I've always wanted to
go to Africa, but I hear that when you go there, you can't give blood for like
ten years. But I've always wanted to travel. South Africa might be a good place
No matter how busy Dawn Staley is or
where she is, she always makes time for her newschannels.
Q. You are so busy with the WNBA and
your job at Temple, so do you ever get to go on vacation?
actually went to Turks and Caicos this past April and I really enjoyed that. Last
year I went to a very secluded place, Anguilla. You have to take a ferry from
another island, but a few friends and I took a private speedboat out. I've also
been to the Cayman Islands."
Q. So if you could choose one type
of trip, would you prefer to be n a beach, hiking and camping out, or visiting
museums and seeing cultural sites?
"I like quiet. I don't like a lot
of people around. I like to rest, relax and read books. I also work out on vacations
to get myself ready for the WNBA season."
Q. What are your favorite
WNBA cities to visit?
"Even before (the trade), I liked Houston. They
have a nice mall, plus it's hot and I enjoy the heat."
Q. What is
the best city to go out in or visit?
"Well, Philadelphia treats me
right. They aren't a WNBA city yet, though."
When you are on the
road, what is the best WNBA city to dine out? Do you have any local favorites?
since I don't dine out, I'll tell you that the best room service is at the Mayflower
Hotel in Washington D.C. They have some great crabcakes. I have that the night
before the game and then again pre-game. I like to watch TV when I eat and channel
change. I like MSNBC and I'm a big newschannel viewer."