Lisa Leslie - Still Shocked to Be a Superstar
SACRAMENTO, September 3 - Prior to Game 3 of the WNBA Finals at Arco Arena in Sacramento, the Los Angeles Sparks' Lisa Leslie received the WNBA Most Valuable Player Award, the third of her illustrious career. Afterwards, Lisa sat down with us and shared some thoughts regarding her truly outstanding WNBA career to this point.
Q.This past offseason you decided to play overseas for the first time. Why did you make that decision and what was that experience like?
Leslie: "Well, I did it because I was injured. I had a groin injury last year and didn't play so well. But I had time for it to rest and I decided to go play overseas and try to come back and be at my best in the tenth anniversary year of the league. It's very difficult going overseas. It takes a lot of energy and time. I love to work out and I don't really know how to play on cruise control, so I didn't really slow down over there. I enjoyed it though. It was quite an experience."
Leslie: "I think it means that in regards to me playing basketball, that I've been able to stay on top of my game and be the cream of the crop so to speak."
Q.What is the biggest challenge in trying to stay at the top of your game?
Leslie: "I think the biggest challenge is to stay in shape. There is no way to stay in basketball shape when you're not actually playing on the team running up and down the court."
Q.What was Coach Bryant able to bring to the team in his first full season as coach?
Leslie:"He's just really laid back. I thought he brought alot of fun to our team. The biggest thing would be the passing. But I think overall, he was real fun loving and we had a really good time."
Q.After 10 years in the league what, if anything, continues to surprise you the most?
Leslie: "Well, Jessica Moore's mom told me that she had a poster of me in her room when she was little. I don't know what little means since she is only about 22 or 23, but that was kind of cool since she is my teammate. Working out with her, she was so embarrassed that her mom told me that. I didn't really realize that the players that I'm playing with, they had posters and cards of me. They're that young. That is kind of weird. But I think that overall when it comes to kids, it is just amazing to me when you see some kids crying just to be near me. It's overwhelming because I'm just me. I just don't see myself as the kids do, but I think it's a great opportunity to touch some kids. Sometimes they start crying and I say, if you're gonna cry, I'm gonna cry. Just to be able to impact children's lives. That's an amazing thing."