Lisa Leslie Chat Transcript
Lisa Leslie's accomplishments are almost too numerous to list: Six time All-NBA selection, two-time WNBA Most Valuable Player, All-Star Game MVP three times and Finals MVP twice. On July 30, 2002, Leslie was the first ever WNBA player to dunk in a game and just this past September, she led the U.S. to the Gold Medal at the World Championships in China. Of course, she was voted MVP of the tournament.
And this Friday, Lisa Leslie adds a new title to her resume: head coach of one of the celebrity teams as the National Basketball Association and Sears teams up to host the Sears WNBA Breast Health Awareness Celebrity Game to help raise awareness and funds for the cause. The game takes place Friday, Oct. 11, at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, Calif., at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Leslie is the Sears WNBA Breast Health Awareness spokesperson. Last year's participants included actors David Arquette ("Scream" trilogy), Frankie Muniz ("Malcolm in the Middle"), Ashton Kutcher ("That 70's Show"), Orlando Jones ("Evolution"), Jason Biggs ("American Pie") and Grammy-winning rap artist Coolio.
Lisa Leslie took some time before preparing for Friday's game to chat live on WNBA.com on Oct. 11. Lisa talked about her experiences in China, her plans after the WNBA and, of course, Breast Health Awareness month.
Candice , New York: Hi Lisa, I'am a huge fan of yours and the L.A. Sparks. I wanted to know what are your plans for the rest of the off season? Congratulations on your 2nd straight championship!
Lisa Leslie: I'm actually in business school. I've decided to go back to school and get my Master's.
Alyssa (Tampa): hey Lisa I was just wondering how it felt when you and Mwadi went and played with Magic Johnson in the men's league?
Lisa Leslie: It was great because the level of competetion is so much higher. It was very challenging and we learned a lot from Magic and the rest of the guys.
Brittany (ND): Hi! Great season last year! What is your advice to young girls who want to be in the WNBA when they are old enough? Good luck next season! Bye!
Lisa Leslie: Thanks. My advice is to spend five hours five days a week playing and practicing basketball. Find a team and join up. That's about two hours. And shoot 500 shots from everywhere on the basketball court, including free throws.
Tiffany, Newark NJ: Do you think that coaching celebs is worse or better than coaching athletes?
Lisa Leslie: I think it's a lot of fun, coaching in general. The hardest part is making substitutions.
Ja'Nay(Depew,NY): Hi Lisa!! How was it playing with such geat players over in China? Did you learn anything from the super rookies?
Lisa Leslie: Playing in China was a great trip for me, personally. I had fun. I had some clothes made. The thing that stands out most in my mind, actually, was playing cards with Sue Bird.
Omar: Hi Lisa. Who are ur favourite players in the NBA.
Lisa Leslie: My favorites are Shaq, Kobe. All the Lakers. Vince Carter and Tim Duncan.
Alyssa (Indianapolis): How does it feel to be the first woman ever to dunk?
Lisa Leslie: It was a great feeling to actually dunk in a game. Especially when it was instinctive. The reaction of the crowd was unbelievable. It was amazing.
Melbourne: i live in australia and follow the LA Sparks and i was wondering if the Sparks would ever come and do a tour here?
Lisa Leslie: I don't think the Sparks will, but I just came back from Australia and there are quite a few women in the WNBA from there. We have three on our team.
Erica Bassett (Virginia): What has been your biggest obstacle while playing for the WNBA?
Lisa Leslie: I'd have to say just the travel. There are times that we have back-to-back games. Like Houston to Detroit on a back-to-back on commercial flights.
Los Angeles: Lisa you have acheived many records which one is closest to your heart??
Lisa Leslie: The Championships. It's just a great feeling to win at almost every level. The Championship and the Gold Medal. Those I hold very dear to me.
Brit (Chicago): What do you think your best talent is other than basketball?
Lisa Leslie: I kind of consider myself to be a jack of all trades, but I would have to say card games or volleyball. I'm pretty good at those.
Brittney: Who do you think are two of the most exciting basketball players right now in the wnba?
Lisa Leslie: I'd have to say Mwadi Mabika and Cheryl Swoopes. Tamicka Dixon is pretty hard to leave off that list. Nikki Teasley is pretty exciting. Ticha Pinachero. There's a lot. It's hard to just name two.
Michelle : do you think you could go all the way next year too?
Lisa Leslie: Yes, of course. I always think we can win it. Or I wouldn't be out there playing. We know what it takes to win a Championship and we have what it takes to do it again.
Latasha Milton: What are you strategies for the celebrity game??
Lisa Leslie: To try to figure out which celebs have the most talent. Then get a lead. At that point I'll start substituting sparingly. (Laughs.) I want to have fun. But I want to win.
Los Angeles: How many more years will you play pro ball and what are your career goals after basketball?
Lisa Leslie: I'll continue to play as long as it's fun for me. I'm in business school now, so I'd like to have my own company. Maybe a spa. I'd like to stay in commentating. Sports or fashion. I don't know yet.
Lisa Leslie: Thank you for you support and don't forget that this is Breath Health Awareness month. To see your doctor every six to twelve months or do a self-exam. And if you're over 40, to see your doctor regularly. Thanks everyone. Take care.