On the Road With...
One of only a handful of players who has been in the league since its inception in 1997, Johnson, who just turned 35, has been one of the WNBA's most reliable players ever. After a legendary period at Louisiana Tech, Johnson spent nine seasons with the Liberty before signing with San Antonio prior to the 2006 season. In her stalwart 10-year WNBA career she has played in 316 games, starting 315, averaging 11.3 points and nearly four rebounds and three assists per game.
She spent this offseason in Hungary, playing for MiZo Pecs -- with San Antonio teammate Dalma Ivanyi -- and helping to lead the squad to the EuroLeague round of 16.
This veteran has seen a lot -- in fact, all -- of the WNBA, but where else does she want to go? What else would she like to see? Johnson spoke recently with WNBA.com about her travel history and her plans for the future.
Q. What are some of the most interesting places you've been able to travel to, either for basketball or on personal trips?
A. "It's funny because I've been to more places overseas than I have in
the United States. I played in Israel for four years and that was great. I played
in France the first two years out of college, I played in Italy for three years
and I played in Hungary the previous year. Being on those teams, I've traveled
to Germany, Turkey, Russia... everywhere you can imagine. (Though) I've never
been to a place like Australia or South Africa."
Q. What is one place you haven't been that you would like to see?
A. "I think Australia... I'd love to see that place. I have a couple of friends who have invited me, but it's tough because they play in the winter and I'm playing in the summer. But, hopefully, once I retire I will be able to have the opportunity to go."
Q. When you're on vacation, would you rather be on a beach, hiking and camping, or visiting a museum?
A. "I would love to go to the beach. I don't really swim, but I just like
to be out in the open. My (most important) thing is to just be around my family