Tamika Catchings - Indianapolis Monthly
Tamika Catchings was recently featured in Indianapolis Monthly magazine (Aug. 7, 2007), showing off the behind-the-scenes stories of some of the hardware in her personal trophy case. Special thanks to the magazine for allowing this feature, produced by Tony Rehagen and photographer E. Anthony Valainis, to be redistributed on FeverBasketball.com.
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1. When Catchings won this 2001 ESPY for Female College Player of the Year as a junior at Tennessee, she couldn't walk to the stage to accept - she was on crutches from a torn right ACL. The TV producers cut to commercial, let her limp up onstage, and returned to the air with Catchings already at the podium.
2. Oops! This award from Indiana Black Expo for outstanding achievement in sports congratulates Tamika Catchings of the "Indian Fever."
3. An Olympic gold medal - the prize of her collection. But more precious than the medal itself, she says, was the chance to stand on the podium and hear the national anthem.
4. Ball and locker tag from her first WNBA All-Star Game in Washington, D.C., a game her team lost, signed by assorted All-Star teammates.
5. "Just a bronze, not that special," says Catchings of her medal from the 2006 Women's World Championships in Brazil.
6. An award honoring her performance with the Women's Korea Basketball League: "I think it's for points or rebounds or something," she says. But, as it's written in Korean, "your guess is as good as mine."
7. Not her favorite bobble-head: "I always wear corn-rows and braids," she says. "This just makes me look fat."
8. A fan made Catchings a specialized fire helmet and exchanged it for a signed Fever jersey at a game in 2005.
9. Catchings has always worn number 24 - her dad wore 42 in the NBA, so she flipped the numbers. University of Tennessee retired the number when Catchings left.