On the Road With...
L.A.s Lisa Leslie

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. As an original WNBA player and a mainstay with USA Basketball throughout her career, Sparks center Lisa Leslie has gotten to travel all over the world. In addition, she has had the opportunity to take some dream vacations in places like Hawaii and Europe. See where else she'd like to go and what her favorite places to visit within the U.S. are.

Q. What are some countries you've gotten to travel to for basketball or personal reasons?
"I really enjoyed playing in Italy. It is probably one of my favorite countries because it has the best food. I enjoyed Brazil because the people are really nice, the beach in Rio is beautiful. Other places that stand out in my mind… Australia is really nice. I didn't like the food so much, but the country was really pretty."

When she isn't thinking about dunking on her opponents, Lisa Leslie is thinking about where to shoe shopping.
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Q. What is one place you haven't been that you would like to see?
"I have not been to the Islands, anywhere in the Caribbean, like St. Bart's, Jamaica."

Q. What is your favorite place to go on vacation?
"Right now, I'd have to say Hawaii because I go there the most. Normally we go there after we championships, so I'm looking forward to getting back there."

Q. Pick one... on a beach, hiking and camping out, or visiting a museum?
"Definitely the beach. I like the water, the warm sand, to play and snorkel."

Q. What are your favorite WNBA cities to visit?
"My favorite used to be Miami, though unfortunately we don't have that anymore. Now I would have to say New York, because that is where I get my shoes."

Q So if that is the best WNBA city to go out shopping, what are favorite stores?
"I like Benihana, P.F. Chang's, but all the cities have places like that, pretty much."

Q. What are the best places to shop in L.A. if people are coming to town to check out a Sparks game?
"For shopping, I like Melrose a lot. I like different and eclectic styles. I also like to go to Camarillo. They have a mall that has everything there, good name brands. It's like an hour away."



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