Betty Lennox and the Seattle Storm face the Los Angeles Sparks
in the First Round of the WNBA Playoffs. Before she and the Storm took on the
Sparks, Betty answered some of your questions.
I think you are an awesome
player and your skills can't be questioned! You haven't exactly had the easiest
career and i was wondering what is your motivation in continuing with playing
when it just seemed too much? Also when you are under scrutiny from the media
and have external pressures how do u focus and play the infamous betty ball? Thanks
Betty i hope you go all the way because you deserve it! - EJAM, Sydney, Australia
Betty Lennox: I like my career not being easy, because any time something is easy,
it's not good for you. That's just me. There's nothing easy in life for Betty
Lennox. The media is going to write what it wants to write; people are entitled
to their opinion. I just kind of roll with the punches. They say what they say
about me, and whether it's true or false they say it. It's kind of this old saying
- it's not what they say about you, it's what you answer to. I don't really answer
to any of that, whether it's good or bad.
Betty Lennox was the Finals M.V.P. when the Storm
won it all in 2004. Mitchell Layton/NBAE/Getty Images
What has the team done this season to help you absorb
all the adverse events (ie injuries, sale of the team, long road trips) you have
had to deal with? And how do you think that helps or hinders your playoff chances.
Looking forward to another magical Storm run through the playoffs like 2004. -
Sheila Lee, Maple Valley, WA
Betty Lennox: I think that this year
definitely is our year for the injuries to come along. This is our way of dealing
with adversity, with the injuries coming along, because from day one we've had
injuries and they kept on happening throughout the season. I think it shows our
character how we've overcome those injuries and how we continue to play through
those injuries. We're mentally tough and mentally focused when we go out on the
floor. How is this going to help us in the playoffs? I just think right now we've
had these injuries early in the season so we dealt with them back then and we
know how to deal with them right now. I think us being mentally tough, which is
what I think we are at this moment, it's going to really help us throughout the
playoffs, because if you're mentally weak, you're going to really focus on your
Hi Betty, you are awesome!! do you ever go to NBA games during
your offseason? good luck in the playoffs. - TJ, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Lennox: I've been to a few. It's pretty good. I've had the luxury of being
able to sit courtside, so it's a different view from that angle.
you are a great basketball player and i am so proud of your great success. My
question to you is, what do you think the Storm have to do to bring another championship
to Seattle? Thanks and hope you get Finals MVP again. - DTfan4life, Ashland,
Betty Lennox: We just have to believe in ourselves and believe
that defense is going to win games and just have that confidence in ourselves.
It's about belief and confidence and knowing that defense wins games.
when you first came to Minnesota I had the privilege of meeting you and last summer
I took a picture with you when your team played the Lynx. I just want to say personally
you never find too many people that stay humble and grounded when they become
successful, how do you do it with all the success that you have achieved as a
professional athlete? - Gashia, Minneapolis, MN
Lennox: I'm just an ordinary person. I don't take my
success as far as the highs and lows of my life. I feel like I'm just like an
ordinary person that's walking the street. I don't think just because I'm in the
spotlight at times doesn't make me any better than that person that's walking
the street. I'm humble because I was raised to be humble and I just think being
humble defines me and who I am.
Hey Betty! First
of all I would like to say how amazing you are on and off the court. My question
for you is how often did you practice when you were younger? Thanks so much! GO
STORM! - Megan, NH
When I was younger, I pretty much played every day. I wouldn't necessarily call
it practice. When I was younger I just played every day. As I got older I kind
of practiced pretty much every day, but it's just because I love the sport. It's
not like I had anything designed or anyone teaching me individually. It's not
like I had to go and be taught one-on-one lessons by anybody, but I just kind
of did it on an everyday basis.
My daughter and
I just wanted to know what your plans are after the playoffs and where or if you
are playing overseas this year? THANKS - Camille, Renton, WA
Lennox: I'm going to go overseas and play. I don't know
the destination at this point in time. I plan on playing, hopefully, for three
to four months.