WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT TAMIKA CATCHINGS AS THE WNBA’S MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Kelly Krauskopf, Indiana Fever chief operating officer and general manager

“I just got big tears in my eyes,” Krauskopf said about hearing of Catchings' award. “I was so happy and thrilled for Tamika.

“It's not just about scoring. It's the way she affects a game, how she affects the outcome and all the winning seasons we've had. … I never gave up hope that at some point the media and the folks who voted on this would see the effect she has.”

 

Pat Summitt, Hall of Famer and head women’s basketball coach, University of Tennessee

“I was thrilled to hear that Tamika had won the 2011 WNBA Most Valuable Player Award,” said Tennessee Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt. “She totally symbolizes every aspect of what a most valuable player should be through her leadership and everyday excellence on the court.  I am, and always have been, extremely proud of how Tamika goes about her business.  I have been fortunate to coach a lot of great players but there has always been a `specialness’ between Catch and I because she is so real.

“Congrats Tamika, your Lady Vol and Indiana Fever families are so proud of your WNBA career achievement!”  

 

Larry Bird, Hall of Fame player, 3-time NBA MVP and President of Pacers Basketball Operations

“Everyone here at Pacers Sports & Entertainment is not only happy to have an MVP, but also a quality person who is not only great on the court, but in the community as well. This is very deserving as Tamika fits the true description of an MVP. It’s another in a long list of accomplishments, all of which we’re extremely proud for her.”