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Thursday, August 18, 2005
Katie Smith Chat Transcript

Katie Smith was acquired by the Detroit Shock in a July 31 trade. Smith played with the Minnesota Lynx for 7 seasons before coming to Detroit.

Smith is the all-time leading scorer in U.S. women's professional basketball history and ranks third on the WNBA's all-time scoring charts. Smith recently surpassed the 5,000 point mark in her career. She is averaging 12.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists this season and 10.4 points, 1.6 rebound and 2.2 assists since the trade.

Detroit's newest point guard chatted online with Shock fans Thursday, August 18.

Benjamin (Detriot, MI): What made you decide to start playing basketball and how old were you?

Katie Smith: I was in the 5th grade when I started playing basketball .I have two brother and they were always outside playing sports, so it was just a good fit. I played a lot of other sports at that age, everything from softball to soccer.

Alicia (DETROIT): Why do you wear number 30?

Katie Smith: I used to wear 33 for no particular reason in high school. When I was a freshman in college, 33 wasn't available so I took 30 and ended up having a really good season. I've stuck with it ever since.

Brittany (Grand Rapids): What do you think it's gonna take for you guys to make the playoffs and make a championship run?

Katie Smith: To make the playoffs, obviously we need to win these next 5 games. It's going to be tough if we lose a few, then we're going to have to count on other teams losing. As far as winning the championship, if we want it badly enough, it can happen.

Logan, Ohio: Keep up the good work ethic!! You do us proud.

Katie Smith: Thank you! I'll be home soon.

Kristen(Marlborough): What is your favorite part about playing in Detroit?

Katie Smith: I like my teammates and I like the coaches. I haven't really had a chance to know Detroit yet, but I like it so far. I like that my family and friends are closer. I've been able to see people I haven't had the change to see all summer.

Andy Iovan, Michigan: How well do you know Flip Saunders? He seems to find time to come to the Shock home games. Who on the Shock is the most fun to hang out with?

Katie Smith: Flip was in Minnesota the whole time I was there. He was obviously a supporter there and I expect he would do the same here.

I played on the Olympic Team with Ruth Riley and Swin Cash, so I had relationships with them before I got here. But relationships with my other teammates will obviously develop the longer I am here.

Kat (Chesterfield MI): Hey Katie, How are you? How is it different being on the Shock then being on the Lynx? And do you think you guys will make the playoffs? Good luck!

Katie Smith: It's new. The way the organization is run, from your teammates to the arena and fans, everything is different. But just because it's different doesn't mean it's bad. I think I will thrive here. But I will always remember and miss many people including my teammates from Minnesota.

Lorena (St. Paul): Hi Katie! Who's your favorite NBA players?

Katie Smith: Kevin Garnett. Not only because we played in Minnesota together, but he's a really good guy. I like the way he plays, he's got a complete game. He gives you everything he has every night.

Sam (Connecticut): Would you like to play in the 2008 Olympics, seeing as you were injured in 2004?

Katie Smith: Yeah, I would. If everything goes well, I would like to play in 2008. I'm just going to take care of everything, take care of my body to get myself there.

Meghan Colorado Springs: You are a great player, what do you do in the off season to stay in shape?

Katie Smith: I do a lot of cardio. A variety of different things. With my bad knees and as old as I am, I try to stay away from the pounding. I do a lot of elliptical, bikes and swimming along with strength training three days a week. On top of that, I do some individual work, basketball work or play in pick up games.

Delaware, OH: Katie, is it more comfortable being back in the Eastern time zone?

Katie Smith: Yeah, I mean that what I base everything off of. Even when I'm out west, that's still where my mind is at. One good thing is that I don't have to call my parents as late at night!

Burton: Welcome to Detroit! Which player gives you the most challenge?

Katie Smith: I would say Diana Taurasi. She can shoot the ball, she can post up, she's strong and she's moves the ball really well. She's very versitile and someone you have to pay attention to at all times.

Columbus: Who are some of your favorite players to watch and play against?

Katie Smith: I like playing with Deanna Nolan, and sometimes I even find myself standing around and watching her! I like Yolanda Griffith because she works so hard and Sue Bird, I like watching her play.

brittany: katie i am glad to have you on our team. i was a big fan of yours before you came here anyway. was it hard for you last thursday not to pass the ball to your old team mates and remember you aren't on the lynx any more?

Katie Smith: Nah, it wasn't that hard. The game was easier because it was in Detroit. If it had been in Minnesota, there would have been a lot of emotion. That's just a part of what we do, teams change all the time. But it was just a lot of fun to see my old teammates again.

columbus: Go katie, I am writing from the buckeye state and I have watched you for along time and you rock!! I have two questions do you think that your play will improve being so close to home since your family in logan and your bro can come and watch you play? Also, when do you think the league, players and fans will give the respect that you deserve. Your numbers are great and you are always a front runner for the mvp each year!!

Katie Smith: I don't know if it will improve my play, but my support staff will be that much bigger. It will be nice to have that outlet from basketball though, that might not have been available in other places.

Katie Smith: Thanks for all your support this year everybody. I've got a lot of people that have been positive with me coming back from a knee injury.

I hope with my move to the Shock everyone just keeps supporting me the Shock and the WNBA this season.