Tamika Catchings’ basketball résumé speaks for itself: 10-time All-Star, five-time Defensive Player of the Year, three Olympic gold medals, one MVP and one WNBA championship.
No one will argue that she is one of the best players of all-time, but talking to her peers about her legacy illustrates just how powerful an impact she made on the court as well as off it. Her competitive will was unparalleled and she set’s the gold standard for representing the WNBA over her 13 seasons.
Hear from current and past players as they reflect on Tamika’s legacy heading into her final season.
Ticha Penicheiro, 15-year WNBA veteran:
“We were able to witness her greatness for so long. … I just wish we could clone her because players like her are hard to find. It’s very hard to [have] your best player be your hardest worker and that’s what she is. She’s a great leader on and off the court.”
Chiney Ogwumike, Forward, Connecticut Sun:
“Tamika is the ultimate standard for professionalism and competitive mindset. … Her competitive will got her team to turn around halfway through last season and be in the Finals. She’s so special because of how hard she plays, and that’s not just on offense but on defense as well. She is exactly everything you want out of a current ambassador of the game — I think that is her legacy.”
Lindsay Whalen, Guard, Minnesota Lynx:
“She’s so competitive, it’s really fun to see. Every night you go against Indiana, you’ve known all these years that you’re getting their best shot because of how competitive [she is] and what she’s willing to do for her team.”
Sue Bird, Guard, Seattle Storm:
“She has really been a mainstay in this league and you don’t realize what someone has done or brought until they are about to go. To not see her around will be strange.”
Natalie Achonwa, Forward, Indiana Fever:
“To be able to play in the league with someone like that is really inspiring every day. … I could sing praises about her all day — she is really someone I look up to and someone who continues to push me on a daily basis as a person and an athlete.”