Houston's Cynthia Cooper
knows a thing or two about the WNBA Finals.
The four-time WNBA Finals MVP (1997-2000) helped the Comets to the league's first four championships. She has averaged 23.3 points, 4.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 19 career playoff games and has scored 20 or more points in 16 of her 19 career playoff games.
Cooper looks back on her favorite postseason moments.
On her favorite WNBA Finals memories:
Cynthia Cooper, 1997 Finals|
Cynthia Cooper, 2000 Finals|
"My first one is of my mom and I sitting on the little stage area that they prepared after we won the championship. My mom had this sign that said 'Super Cooper. MVP' and she was just sitting there because at the time she was undergoing chemotherapy, and she was real tired so she couldn't really jump around and stuff. And I just sat there with her and just hugged her and we just kind of took in the scene, and we just lived in the moment right then. So that was one of my favorite memories. That was the second championship.
"And my other one is the fourth year of the WNBA when we won our fourth championship in a row, and I jumped into the stands. I ran into the stands and I just circled around the entire arena, running in the middle of the fans and they were just bumping into me and I was slapping five and hugging everybody and I went around the entire arena, and that was an awesome moment for me."
On what it feels like to be a champion:
"There's nothing better. I mean, there is no better feeling than just… well, I say that, but it feels great to be a champion, but it feels even better to be a mom to be honest with you. So when I said that, the first thing I thought about were my twins and so I can't say it feels better to win a championship than it does to be a mother. But when you sacrifice so much and you get to that ultimate goal that you've been shooting for, that's an awesome feeling. It feels great. But right now, obviously my priorities have changed a little bit, so being a mom is probably number one."