With all that it takes to succeed as an athlete, let alone a
professional athlete at the very top of your sport, it takes more than a little
inspiration. So where did some of today's best WNBA players find this motivational
force? Some needed to look no further than their bedroom walls growing up, because
more than a few hung up posters over their beds... athletes, musicians and even
heart throbs. For example, Jordan was a popular one, but not all worshipped the
Jordan you may be thinking of.
Bird Seattle Storm I had the Michael Jordan
spread out "Wings" poster. It was awesome over that whole wall.
Griffith Sacramento Monarchs "I had a lot
of basketball posters. Everyone had Michael Jordan, but my favorite player was
Scottie Pippen. He still is even though he's retired."
Taurasi Phoenix Mercury "I had Magic Johnson
shooting a hook shot, early Metallica from the Black Album era, Guns-n-Roses with
the four guys and then I had a Michael Jordan 'Victory' poster."
Ford Detroit Shock "No, I didn't really have
any posters growing up. But I'm stuck on Usher right now. I like his posters."
Cash Detroit Shock "Oh yeah, I had another
Bad Creation and the Boys, the black version of New Kids on the Block."
Ferdinand San Antonio Silver Stars "They were
all basketball-related. Michael Jordan. I was just so into him. He was so good.
You know how someone can be so good at something, that even if they don't look
like Brad Pitt, you can be drop-dead gorgeous. That was me with Jordan. Not to
say he's not a handsome guy, because he is, but more so now because of his talent."
Walker Sacramento Monarchs "I really wasn't
into sports outside of track, but I did have a poster of Jordan from New Kids
on the Block. He was my man."
McWilliams-Franklin Connecticut Sun "No, I
never had anything like that (laughs). No, no posters or anything like that."
Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks "No, we weren't
allowed to put posters on the wall because it might mess up the paint."
course, nowadays, kids may have posters of these WNBA stars over their bed.
Last week, Lauren Hill of Mount St. Joseph University courageously took the floor for her first college game, refusing to let an inoperable brain tumor keep her from achieving her dream – and WNBA stars Elena Delle Donne and Tamika Catchings were on hand to lend their support.