TIME OUT WITH...
TAJ McWILLIAMS-FRANKLIN
Connecticut Sun All-Star Taj McWilliams-Franklin considers herself a spoiled brat, but loves to write and overcame a difficult challenge to graduate college. Get to know Taj in the latest installment of "Time Out."
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  • Favorite movie?
    The Wiz
    Favorite actor/actress?
    Will Smith/Susan Sarandon
    Favorite book?
    The Color Purple
    Favorite type of music?
    Gospel/inspirational
    What is your favorite food?
    Italian
    Do you have any nicknames?
    TJ Biscuit - my father gave it to me when I was younger because I was fat like a biscuit.
    What is the most unusual job you ever had?
    Counselor for teenagers.
    If you could play one-on-one against any athlete in general, who would it be?
    Scottie Pippen - I really loved his moves.
    Who have been role models in basketball?
    Anne Donovan - She was the first woman that was tall and graceful. Off the court, she made me proud to be tall. On the court, she taught me to work on my game and accept criticism.
    What other sports do you play
    Softball, track.
    When did you first become interested in basketball?
    At the age of 15, a coach walked up to me and told me I could go to college for free.
    What NBA teams do you root for?
    I liked the old school 76er's - Moses Malone and Maurice Cheeks.
    Where was your favorite place to play overseas?
    Israel - It's the Holy Land.
    Do you have any superstitions or pre-game rituals?
    I am always the last one out for layups.
    What advice would you offer to young players?
    Look to a higher goal and be sure that it's something you you want, not for anyone else. Always be aware of negative influences and be sure to hold onto your positive image.
    What do you like to do in your spare time? Any hobbies
    Computers, reading, writing, hanging out with my daughter, sewing, cooking.
    What is the most unusual thing that has happened to you?
    I had a child at 17 and still finished college.
    What is one surprising fact about yourself?
    I am a spoiled brat. A military brat.
    What is a defining moment in your life?
    When I realized that I loved basketball as more than just a job, but as something that was in my heart.
    When your playing career is over, what might you pursue?
    Writing - I love to write. I would like to write in a foreign country, like Moracco. I would love to be in another country just to absorb the society.

    (Photos by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

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