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Considered one of the most dynamic, popular female basketball players in the world, Lisa Leslie is a pioneer of the sport. She is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time WNBA MVP. Fans voted her slam-dunk, the first in WNBA history, as the “Greatest Moment” in the WNBA's first decade.

Standing six feet tall when she was in the sixth grade, Leslie picked up a basketball in middle school and has never looked back. While at Morningside High School in Inglewood, CA, she led the team to two state championships.

In college at the University of Southern California, she finished as the all time Pac-10 leader in points, rebounds, and blocked shots. After college, Leslie launched her modeling career, signing with the prestigious Wilhelmina Agency in 1996.

In 2001, Leslie was the first WNBA player to win the regular season MVP, the All-Star Game MVP and the WNBA Finals MVP in the same season. That year, she also led the Los Angeles Sparks to their first WNBA Championship. In 2002, after leading the Sparks to their second consecutive WNBA Championship, she was named MVP of both the WNBA Finals and WNBA All-Star Game. She garnered WNBA MVP award honors again in 2006.

Not only has she dominated the WNBA for the past 12 seasons, she has led Team USA as a member of the gold-winning U.S. Olympic teams in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. She is the first team sport athlete to win four consecutive Olympic Gold Medals and is the all-time leader in points and rebounds for the Women’s Olympic team.

Recently, Lisa Leslie sat out the 2007 WNBA season as she and her husband, Michael Lockwood welcomed their first child in June. During this time, Leslie wrote her memoir, Don’t Let the Lipstick Fool You: The Making of a Champion, which illustrates her journey on how she became a notable woman athlete and, ultimately, a champion.

In addition to her international exposure as a four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, WNBA superstar and Author, Lisa is also an ESPN broadcaster of women’s college basketball, wife of former U.S. Air Force Captain and recent author, Michael Lockwood, mother to three precocious young daughters, as well as a philanthropist and community activist.

Quick Facts:
  • Three-time WNBA MVP – 2001, 2004, 2006
  • Two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year – 2004, 2008
  • Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist – 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • Member of the WNBA All-Decade Team
  • First player to dunk in WNBA history vs. Miami, 6/30/02
  • First WNBA player to tally 5,000 career points

Season-By-Season Highlights

2008
  • Named Defensive Player of the Year
  • First team All-WNBA
  • Led the league in blocks per game (2.9) and total blocks (97)
  • Second in rebounds per game (8.9) and total rebounds (293)
2007
  • Missed the 2007 season after giving birth to first child.
2006
  • Named WNBA MVP for third time in her career
  • First WNBA player to tally 5,000 career points
  • Named to All-Decade and All-Defensive teams
  • First team All-WNBA
  • Led the league in double-doubles (17) and total defensive rebounds (240)
  • Second in total rebounds (323), defensive rebounds per game (7.1), and total blocks (57)
  • Third in points per game (20), total points (680), field goals made (257), free throws (158) and rebounds per game (9.5)
2005
  • Second team All-WNBA
  • Led the league in total blocks (71)
  • Second in total steals (67)
  • Third in steals per game (2), blocks per game (2.1) and double doubles (9)
  • Fourth in rebounds per game (7.3), total rebounds (248), and field goals made (204)
  • Fifth in defensive rebounds (178)
2004
  • Earned her second WNBA MVP Award
  • Named Defensive Player of the Year
  • First team All-WNBA
  • Led the league in rebounds per game (9.9), blocks per game (2.88), total rebounds (336) and total blocks (98)
  • Second in total points (598) and third in points per game (17.6)
  • Scored her 4,000th career point (7/29/04) vs. Sac.
  • Obtained her first triple-double (third ever in the WNBA) vs. Det., on 9/10/04 (29 points, 15 rebounds, 10 blocks)
2003
  • First team All-WNBA
  • Played only 20 games in her 2003 season
  • Ranked second in blocks per game (2.74)
  • Third in total blocks (63), rebounds per game (10)
  • Fourth in points per game (18.4)
2002
  • First team All-WNBA
  • First WNBA player to reach 3,000 points vs. Orlando on 7/22/02
  • Threw down the first dunk in WNBA history vs. Miami, 6/30/02
  • Led the league in total rebounds (322)
  • Second in rebounds per game (10.4), blocks per game (2.9) and total blocks (90)
  • Fifth in points per game (16.9) and total points (523)
2001
  • Named the MVP of the WNBA, the WNBA Playoffs and the WNBA All-Star Game to become the first player ever to win all three awards in the same season
  • First team All-WNBA
  • Ranked second in points per game (19.5), total points (606), blocks per game (2.29) and total blocks (71)
  • Third in rebounds per game (9.6) and total rebounds (298)
2000
  • First team All-WNBA
  • Ranked second in blocks per game (2.31) and total blocks (74)
  • Third in rebounds per game (9.6) and total rebounds (306)
  • Fourth in total points (570) and fifth in points per game (17.8)
1999
  • Second team All-WNBA
  • Ranked third in total rebounds (248) and fourth in rebounds per game (7.8)
  • Fourth in blocks per game (1.53) and total blocks (49)
  • Seventh in total points (500) and eighth in points per game (15.6)
1998
  • Second team All-WNBA
  • Ranked first in rebounds per game (10.2)
  • Second in blocks per game (2.14), total blocks (60) and total rebounds (285)
1997
  • First team All-WNBA
  • Ranked first in rebounds per game (9.5) and total rebounds (266)
  • Second in blocks per game (2.11) and total blocks (59)
  • Third in points per game (15.9) and total points (445)

Personal

  • Played overseas in Russia during the 2005-2006 off-season
  • Returned to school in the 2002 off-season to work on a Master’s Degree in Business Administration
  • Signed a modeling contract with Wilhemina Models, Inc. in June 1996
  • One of five Olympic athletes featured in a Herb Ritts photo spread for Vogue magazine and has modeled designs by Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Gigi Hunter and Anne Klein
  • Has earned three gold medals: 2004 Olympics Games in Athens, Greece, 2000 Olympic Games in Sidney, Australia, 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Earned 1994 World Championship bronze medal
  • The woman she most admires is her mom, Christine Leslie-Espinoza
  • Lisa has two sisters and four half brothers
  • Has appeared in the TV shows Hangtime, Moesha, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and the Weakest Link
  • Has done color commentary for several USC basketball games and has also been a guest correspondent on NBA Inside Stuff
  • Intends to continue broadcasting when basketball career is over
  • Her favorite meal is pork chops, rice and corn
  • Leslie lives in Los Angeles with her husband Michael Lockwood.

Career Transactions

Selected by the WNBA and assigned to the Los Angeles Sparks on January 22, 1997.

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