TIME OUT WITH... Seimone Augustus
You may have seen Seimone Augustus playing basketball in Minnesota for the Lynx, the National Team in Australia, or for LSU in the Final Four, but she's also played in some slightly more unique locations as well. Find out where as well as some other fun facts about Seimone as she continues her quest for Rookie of the Year honors.
Hometown/Birthplace Baton Rouge, LA
Nickname? I don't have a lot of nicknames, just Mone.
If you have played overseas, where was your favortie place to play and why? Australia is really the only overseas experience I've had. I played there with USA Basketball.
If you could play one-on-one against any player or athlete, who would it be and why? Allen Iverson, because he's always been my favorite player growing up.
Who has been a role model for you in basketball? The entire USA Women's basketball team on the women's side and Dr. J and all those old school players like Larry Bird and Pistol Pete on the men's side.
When did you become interested in the game of basketball and decide you wanted to pursue it professionally? Probably after I met Tamika (Williams) at an AAU camp when I was ten or eleven. I realized that people are out there ranking people. I played against top teams in the country and I realized that I had an opportunity to play on a college level. And then once the WNBA came, I realized that I had an opportunity to play professionally, but I think it was at that camp that I realized that I had an opportunity.
Do you have a favorite on-court moment? Probably earlier this season when we came back from 17 points down to beat San Antonio.
Do you have any superstitions or rituals? I used to eat a Twix before every game and pray and meditate, but I haven't since I got to the WNBA.
Describe your daily workout routine: I normally life weights two to three times a week, and I try to get a little cardio in just to keep my heart rate up.
Name a coach who has inspired you and describe how he/she improved your game and/or helped you in development off the court. Not to knock on the coaches at LSU, but it's probably Jim Foster at Ohio State. He was the one that got me started with USA basketball. He actually picked me to play on the first team, and he was just really honest with everybody. I think that's what some players need and want for their basketball career from coaches. They're always telling you, "You're a great player,' but on the flip side, they never tell you what you need to know to develop your skills. It's better if they're really honest with you about what you need to do.
Which other sports do you play? I play golf, volleyball, soccer, and that's about it.
What other talents are you proud of? I can draw a little bit.
Who were the major non-basketball influences in your life and why? My family, they've supported me and helped me with tough decisions like picking a college.
How would others describe you? Laid back, quiet.
How would you describe yourself? Probably the same way.
What is one surprising fact about you that many people do not know? I once played a basketball game in a funeral home with my AAU team.
Of which achievement are you most proud? I'm proud of everything I've done, but I'm really proud of being named to the USA basketball team for this summer because I got cut once from the tryouts. I guess there's the outlook of yeah, my whole basketball career I never had to try out because I was always the first one picked for everything, but once you don't make it, you realize that you still have a lot of work to do in order to play on that team. So once I did get to play on that team, I won the MVP of that particular tournament. I won the USA Basketball Player of the Year. And on top of that our team got the gold medal.
What would you do with an Olympic medal if you won one? Yeah it's going to be displayed in a room with a glass-plated wall and you'll be able to see it.
If you were not a basketball player, what would you be? I would just want to be an entreprenuer and try to bring some fast food restaurants, maybe some soul food. I really like soul food. I'd like to have the biggest chain of soul food restaurants down south. And maybe drive-in movies, stuff like that, finding ways to make things happen down south.
What is your favorite food? Pasta.
What is your favorite color? Loud colors.
What is your favorite book? Coldest Winter Ever.
What is your favorite movie? Coming to America, Major Payne, and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.
What is your favorite television show? Overhaulin', Bernie Mac, Girlfriends.
Who is your favorite actress? Angela Bassett.
Who is your favorite actor? Denzel Washington.
Who is your favorite musician/artist? KEM.
Best song of all time? R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" or anything inspirational.
Favorite song to do a karaoke number to? I don't do karaoke.
Favorite place to visit/spend time? Down home in Lousiana.
What is your jersey number? Does that have special significance? 33. I like A.I. and I couldn't get three so I just doubled it up.
When your playing career is over, what might you pursue professionally and why? Like I said before, I want to be an entrepreneur and bring business to the South.