Inside the minds of WNBA players

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Charlotte’s Helen Darling

Sting guard Helen Darling has quite the busy life. From running the point for the Charlotte Sting to being a mother of three-year old triplets to running her own business(es), the 27-year old has little time to rest or even ponder her remarkable life too much. Despite spending much ofthe 2005 season playing behind legend Dawn Staley after starting for most of her career, Darling spent the offseason in Charlotte working with Coach Muggsy Bogues, who knows a thing or two about the point guard position. Under his tutelage, Darling could be primed for her best season.

Q. What is your motivation when don't feel like working out, running that extra mile, or waking up early?
"You know, it's not always easy but I don't have that many days where my motivation is an issue. That's probably because I love what I do. We don't run miles anymore, either. No, I'm joking. But last year, for example, was tough for me and the team. So I would try and think about what I could do each day to make myself better, I set goals for myself everyday and stayed positive. You have to be when you are losing like that."

Helen Darling: baller, mother, entrepreneur.
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Q. Was last season the first time you ever encountered an extended period of losing?
"Yes, and it wore me out because I was not playing that much. It's hard when you don't play and lose, but I was still supportive of my teammates. I am a great teammate. I don't complain. At least not in public. I might call my family up crying behind closed doors, but you'll never see that."

Q. Was there a time in your career of playing basketball when you thought about giving up the game?
"I never thought that the game of basketball might not be what I want to do with my life. I never thought of giving up, but I have thought that maybe I was done. When I got pregnant and found out I was having triplets, I thought that my career might be over. It was just a thought, but then I realized that I'm too young and this is what I love to do. I'm not going to give up."

Q. What else drives you? Do you have other goals that keep you busy?
"Off the court, I am a busy, busy woman. I am in the process of writing a book. It is a novel. I am also creating a magazine. It is a woman's hair care magazine. And I am also creating a hair care product line for active women. People know me for the hair. People see Helen Darling and think about the ponytail. That is my trademark, so I've always been a guinea pig for new hair care products and know what works and does not work. So after spending all this money on other people's products, I might as well create my own the way I want it. So that is what I'm doing."

Q. How great a challenge is it for you to wear multiple hats as a mother of triplets?
"I am always busy, sure, but it is exciting. I have the kids with me and I have to go to practice or come back from a game tired and wouldn't want to deal with anyone… but the kids often bring me more joy than basketball. That was definitely the case last season. Coming home from practice or a tough loss, they don't understand that. They still need me."

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