You had the chance to vote on a number of great plays and moments in the
WNBA Greatest Moments presented by AOL.com as the candidates were whittled down
to a select few. But we also asked some of the best players in the game to share
their favorites among the greatest moments in WNBA history since they embody the
history we celebrate.
Sue Bird, Seattle Storm
"There are so many. When you think of moments
you think of Theresa Weatherspoon's half court shot, you think of Lisa Leslie's
dunk, and all the teams that have won championships, particularly Houston who
won the first four. Cynthia Cooper raising the roof, all these different things.
Whether I was in high school watching the games or in the league, there are so
many moments that come to mind."
Deanna Nolan, Detroit Shock
of the greatest moments are of course the year the league started. Houston's four
championships in a row is going to be pretty tough to beat for any team this day
and age right now with the talent we have in this league."
Becky Hammon, New York Liberty
"Spoon's three-quarter court shot
in the Finals is the one for me. Right when she let it go I was like 'oh man,
that might go in.' But look at some of the other great memories we have as a league.Houston
and what they did winning all those championships. L.A. going back-to-back. Detroit
going from worst to first. So there have been lots of fairy tale stories that
had developed in the WNBA over time and there's been some spectacular games. Obviously
some Eastern Conference championship games stand out to me. The first All-Star
game in Madison Square Garden back in '99 was tremendous with Whitney Houston
singing the national anthem and stuff."
"Teresa Weatherspoon's shot was amazing. That's a
time stamp on the WNBA. Anyone who watched it could go back and say 'I was there.'"
Rebekkah Brunson, Sacramento Monarchs
"Personally I think some of the moments
that stand out for me are of course Lisa Leslie's dunk, it was great, I was younger
then watching that and had some hoop dreams. There have been a lot of things that
have been great. Houston's run, L.A.'s runs, but I always think the greatest moment
for me would be seeing Yo get a championship because I know she worked real hard
for it. She really wanted to retire but didn't, she stuck with the Monarchs and
it paid off for her."
Alana Beard, Washington Mystics
Teresa Weatherspoon shot, that's the one game that just stands out to me, that
entire series Houston and New York that's what it is. And if you don't remember
that moment, you're not a WNBA fan. I think that series really defined what the
league was becoming. Our future is so bright."
Wendy Palmer, Seattle Storm
"There have been some amazing games throughout
the league. You have the combination of the Houston Comets and then the reign
of the Sparks, and you have a team that was last in the league one year and then
go to first. One of the best finals was the Connecticut-Seattle finals which was
just amazing basketball. I was with Connecticut at the time, so I was on the losing
end. But just to see the domination of the Connecticut Sun in the East shows that
women's basketball is growing. There's a lot of memories. The first second that
ticked off the clock, after we made our CBA, there are so many things. I can't
pin point which one."
Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks
I dunked, that was pretty good. (laughs) Teresa Weatherspoon's half-court shot
was pretty good."
Ruthie Bolton, Sacramento Monarchs legend
was when Teresa Weatherspoon hit that shot. It was like man, that happens in the
NBA not the WNBA. Also when the Monarchs won the championship was huge. I wish
I could have been a part of it on the court, but I'm still part of the organization
and the fans really deserved it. And another great moment was when they retired
Kayte Christensen, Phoenix Mercury
are so many, I couldn't really even pick one. There's so many."
Yolanda Griffith, Sacramento Monarchs
"Kind of so much has happened; you can't
point one specific thing. But I think my first year in '99, the way the team was
and the way the league was, winning all the awards, I think also last year, from
'99 to 2005 winning the championship, winning it and it took so long to win it,
and we had so many great teams, and we had to bring in so many different players
to get the right team, the team that I had last year was the best team overall
in Sacramento, we had a bunch of young kids who were humble and just wanted to
play hard, I don't even remember if I got a chance to hold the trophy up, I just
remember all the confetti falling down, and my sister and my daughter embracing
each other and telling me it's finally happened, just that moment and winning
Ticha Penicheiro, Sacramento Monarchs
to me individually of course winning the title last year, but you look at Houston's
dynasty the first four years in the league, and I feel like the competitiveness
of it, you have rookies coming in and being All-Stars and leading the league in
scoring, so you just look back at the growth of this league, I know coming in,
in 1998 there were a lot of teams with bad records, and the basketball was not
as polished as it is today, so to me it's great to look back and see the progress
that we have made as basketball players and to the league as a whole."
Katie Smith, Detroit Shock
"Some of the moments I would say were the dunks,
just the competition, definitely the Comets and their run, T-Spoon's shot, there's
just a lot of individual moments that you can look back at."
Tangela Smith, Charlotte Sting
"I think one of them was when Lisa Leslie dunked,
that was big moment for the WNBA as she was the first woman to dunk and it was
really exciting. And just seeing the league grow and grow every year has been
exciting for me, it's my ninth year, and I just love that it's kept going."
Michelle Snow, Houston Comets
"I'm just glad this league is here, with the
tenth anniversary it stands out as one of the league's biggest moments, that we're
still here and we're getting younger, more athletic, faster, the game is becoming
a lot more fun, so I think the possibilities, the potential and all of that for
me is the biggest moment."
Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
play I really remember the most, was in the very first game, Lisa Leslie blocked
a shot and threw it into like the eighth row."
Tina Thompson, Houston
"I think there has been several, the league is in its tenth
year so that's definitely a big moment, it's a milestone and signifies longevity
for an extent, especially since there were so many questions in the beginning
about whether we were going to succeed, but for me I would probably say the four
championships were big, I would probably say our third because we dedicated that
to our late teammate Kim Perrot, and that was a struggle and things were really
tough, we were defending two titles and it wasn't easy and we were going through
a lot of highs and lows, so for me I think that was probably our greatest challenge
and greatest triumph."
Tamika Whitmore, Indiana Fever
the most profound moment, I actually had a chance to be a part of it was Teresa
Weatherspoon's three quarter shot that took us into the third game. Just when
she released it and watching it go through the air you just knew it was heading
in, and that's all you could say it was good it was good, and just to be a part
of that was a great feeling."
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