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Gallery: Tina Thompson's Career

Feb. 27, 2012

New Storm forward Tina Thompson has enjoyed one of the most decorated careers of any player in women's basketball history. takes a look back, starting when Thompson emerged as a star at USC through her championship runs with the Houston Comets, a return home with the Los Angeles Sparks and continuing now with the Storm.

Taken No. 1 overall by the Houston Comets in the first WNBA Draft, Thompson teamed with the late Kim Perrot and other stars to lead the Comets to the league's inaugural championship.
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With 13 points and 11 rebounds, Thompson was named MVP of the 2000 All-Star Game, played in Phoenix.
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In 1999, Thompson and fellow stars Cynthia Cooper and Tina Thompson celebrated their third consecutive title.
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Thompson is introduced at the 2002 All-Star Game.
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During the gold-medal game of the 2004 Olympics, Thompson shoots over Lauren Jackson.
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Thompson chats with new teammate Katie Smith, then with the Detroit Shock, before a game. Smith and Thompson are the two all-time leading scorers in women's professional basketball history.
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In 2005, after giving birth to son Dyllan, Thompson came back to lead the Comets to a playoff series win over the Storm.
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In May 2006, Thompson was announced at KeyArena as part of the U.S. National Team for the FIBA World Championships, joining Swoopes, Sue Bird and Head Coach Anne Donovan.
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Thompson joined her Houston teammates (from left) Dawn Staley, Cooper and Swoopes on the WNBA's All-Decade team in 2006.
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New teammate Lauren Jackson shares a hug with Thompson before a 2008 game.
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Thompson celebrates receiving her second gold medal in 2008 in Beijing.
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In 2009, Thompson returned to her native L.A., signing with the Sparks as a free agent.
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Thompson's son has become a fixture at WNBA events. Here, Jackson holds him in the locker room before the 2009 All-Star Game.
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Along with Bird and Jackson, Thompson participates in the captain's meeting before the Storm and Sparks played the WNBA's second outdoor game in 2010.
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After passing former Sparks teammate Lisa Leslie to become the WNBA's all-time leading scorer, Thompson was honored as the Western Conference Player of the Month for August 2010.
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Thompson was recognized last summer as one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All-Time.
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