Long-Term Thinking

WNBA players have their careers set for now. Most are able to pay the bills thanks to professional basketball, but what type of profession or field would they be interested in pursuing after their playing days are over? Some plan on staying around the game as coaches or broadcasters while others are already planning their future in another direction away from the game.

Sue Bird wants to stay involved in basketball after her playing days are over.
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Sue Bird, Seattle Storm: "Maybe coaching, broadcasting, definitely staying involved in basketball. It's something I obviously know about so I mind as well stick with it."

Alana Beard, Washington Mystics: "If it wasn't basketball associated, I'd be doing something that helps people. Whether its being a doctor, whether its being anything that could help people, but it'd be more towards the medical field because that interests me. In life after basketball I don't want to do anything. I'm putting myself in a position right now where I can have opportunities that will present themselves to me and I'll be able to choose."

Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Connecticut Sun: "If I wasn't this old, I'd go to the FBI, but since I am older I don't know. Marketing, acting, who knows? It's good when you can do a bunch of things really well. I love to speak, I love people and I'm also real creative. I'm a good actress I guess and I love analytical stuff. And I love to write."

Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks: "Commercial real estate and broadcasting."

Scholanda Dorrell, Sacramento Monarchs: "Interior design. That's a passion of mine."

Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx: "I'm probably going to start a foundation, but I haven't really starting laying the groundwork, hopefully in the next couple of months I'll have something."

Tamika Catchings would like to be a WNBA or NBA General Manager.
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Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever: "I have my own foundation, the Catch a Star foundation, and I'll definitely want to continue that. And then I'm probably going to try to be like a GM for a WNBA or NBA team, that's something I've been talking about since I've been in the league."

Kayte Christensen, Phoenix Mercury: "I have a wedding coordinating business right now in Phoenix, and I love to do it. And it's not just weddings it's events and parties, and I really want it to be my career after basketball."

Cheryl Ford, Detroit Shock: "For taller girls, I want to do clothing for taller girls and shoes. My dad and I have discussed it."

Candice Dupree, Chicago Sky: "I'm actually looking to get my masters in business one day. My undergrad was exercise science, so maybe look to own my own type of health facility, or something like that."

Ticha Penicheiro, Sacramento Monarchs: "I really feel like I want to do something that would keep me close to the game. I've been playing this game all of my life so it would be hard for me to just hang up my shoes and turn my back on the game. I have a lot of ideas, I really don't know what doors will open, but I really think like coaching or being an agent, maybe broadcasting, something like that."

Nykeshia Sales would like to persue an acting career after basketball.
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Nykesha Sales, Connecticut Sun: "I think acting. I like a lot of movies and I find myself trying to do a lot of the stuff that they do. The only thing is I can't whip up any fake tears yet. But I want to be hosting something or acting after my basketball career."

Michelle Snow, Houston Comets: "I'm not really waiting for my career to end. I've already started two companies and am working on starting a third. I don't want to wait. My thing is you don't wait until you have the opportunities, you do it now so you can set yourself up. I'm not one of those people who are going to wait around and then when I'm done try to figure out what I am going to do. I'm going to grab it by the horns and take this opportunity by the horns and ride it for everything that it's worth."

Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury: "I really want to be a coach. The impact coaches have had on me I think I want to have it on other kids. So I think I would say coach"

Tina Thompson, Houston Comets: "I actually want to go to law school. Before the WNBA I was planning to go. I've made a career at playing basketball, but that's always remained with me as one of my goals. The WNBA was an opportunity that you couldn't pass up. It was sort of unexpected and came out of nowhere, and it became a choice of what I wanted to do. The basketball was here and now and law school was something I could always do in the future.

Lindsay Whalen, Connecticut Sun: "Maybe some coaching, college coaching, or maybe something kind of away from basketball, maybe work with a team that's not in basketball, like work in marketing for the Twins or something like that."

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