This Is Who I Am 2003


Ticha Penicheiro, Sue Bird, Sheryl Swoopes and Jennifer Azzi smile at the WNBA promo film shoot January 16, 2003 in Phoenix, Arizona.
(Jennifer Pottheiser/WNBAE/Getty Images)

Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
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THIS IS WHO I AM 2003
Be one of the first to watch the brand new WNBA promo spot. A different version made its debut during the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 9:
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"You have to be focused regardless of what time you start or how long you're going to be there. You've got to be focused on what you're doing and not let other things distract you. And that's the same way you have to prepare for a game."
-- Sheryl Swoopes, Houston Comets on how the promo shoot compared to preparation for a game

TAMIKA WILLIAMS
MINNESOTA LYNX
"Most people that see us, see us in uniforms or sweats or gym shoes or running shoes, and now they get to see us dressed up in what we look like every day."
LISA HARRISON
PHOENIX MERCURY
"Working with the girls, it was fun. They're really a good group of girls, really nice. And we're all basketball players -- we're not models, we're not actresses, so it was fun to have somebody there and ease the tension a little bit."
SWIN CASH
DETROIT SHOCK
"I think the hardest part is when they're asking you to go from sexy to sad to pouty. But it's just working your personality, and I think the camera lets your personality come out."
LISA LESLIE
LOS ANGELES SPARKS
"I've been in the first WNBA spot seven years ago now. I always enjoy it. I get a chance to meet some of the players. It was nice meeting Swin earlier today and Tamika. I got a chance to work with Lisa as well, and that was a lot of fun."
SUE BIRD
SEATTLE STORM
"I actually have a good time with it. It's a lot better, a lot easier when there are other players invovled. We can loosen up, get our personalities to come out."
JENNIFER AZZI
SAN ANTONIO SILVER STARS
"Game-type preparation is a lot easier [than this]. It's more difficult mentally, but all the make-up and the outfits -- I generally don't take this much time getting ready."
TICHA PENICHEIRO
SACRAMENTO MONARCHS
"People don't get to see us in our off-the-court outfits. They always see us sweating with a ponytail, they don't know how we look, and this is great promotion for the league and for myself and for the other athletes."
SHERYL SWOOPES
HOUSTON COMETS
"It takes a lot of focus and, believe it or not, a lot of hard work. But it's a lot of fun. I enjoy coming out and doing things like this because it gives people an opportunity to see a different side of you."
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