On the Road With...
Sparks Forward Chamique Holdsclaw

WNBA players spend a lot of time on the road, whether traveling in the United States for the WNBA season, playing overseas in the offseason, or, if they are lucky, representing their country in top international tournaments such as the Olympics. Sparks forward Chamique Holdsclaw has been at the pinnacle of women's basketball for about a decade and has ceratinly seen her share of new sites both at home and all over the world. Of course, she loves being back home in New York City, but she has found peace abroad as well. So just what are some of her favorite places to go and see?


Q. What are some countries you've gotten to travel to for basketball or personal reasons?
"Russia. Italy. Spain. Germany. Australia. China. Korea. Japan. The list goes on and on. Austria. Slovakia. I've been to a ton of places and basketball has been really great."

Chamique Holdsclaw has been able to acclimate herself to new cities and new situations over her hoops career.
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Q. Is there one place you'd like to see that you haven't gotten to yet?
"This offseason I want to go to Amsterdam. I haven't been there and one of my teammates now in L.A. is from the Netherlands and says I have to go. She says it's a good time and I'll have a lot of fun so I'll do that this offseason."

Q. Do you have a favorite place to vacation?
Spain. Before I ever played there. I just love it. The Canary Islands. It's easy to get around in Spain; the train system is pretty easy. You just hop on a train. I love Barcelona. I just like the Spanish culture, you have a good time, a siesta. It's just real laid back and chill.

Q. If you could choose, would you prefer to be on a beach, hiking and camping out, or visiting a museum?
"I would say, I'm like 50-50 on a beach and the museums. Sometimes I hate the sand, but I love the [El] Prado Museum in Spain. They have great architecture, so I love going to museums."

Q. What are your favorite WNBA cities to visit?
"The best? NYC! I'm a New York girl and I love going to New York. New York just has everything. People complain it's the hustle and bustle, but it's the city that never sleeps. You has everything that you want: the shopping, the fashion. You can get anything. It has style."

Q Would you say New York is the best city for shopping?
"That's it. New York, New York."

Q. Prior to last season, you did some "traveling" of sorts, going from the Eastern Conference to the West. Yet, you still had a great season and made the All-Star Team. What was that like?
"It feels great that I've left one coast and go to the other and play at an All-Star caliber. It's exciting. It was different for me, coming back this year with all the changes I've been in a different city with the adjustments. But to be back there on this side of things was kind of weird. I was kind of hanging out with a whole new crew because I had been used to being with the East players."

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