This past Saturday Lisa Leslie played her final game in basketball. She a pioneer in women’s basketball becoming professional. In 1997, when the WNBA was formed she was drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks and played there her whole career. Her rise to fame didn’t start there. She scored 101 points in high school one time in which the other team eventually forfeited. She then went to USC where things only got better for her. She accomplished a lot in her time in the WNBA including:
Eight time WNBA All-Star (1999–2003, 2005, 2006, 2009)
Three time WNBA MVP (2001, 2004, 2006)
First player to dunk in a WNBA game
First WNBA player to reach the 6,000 point plateau
First player ever to garner regular season, WNBA Finals and All-Star Game MVP awards in the same season.
Four time Olympic gold medalist (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
This lady has done it all and now she has pass the torch to all future women who want to play basketball. She has also passed the torch to teammate Candace Parker who will probably break all the records Lisa has. Lisa Leslie did a lot for women’s basketball and she was definitely to poster child for the sport. There is no doubt in my mind she will be in the basketball hall of fame someday. What a career and what a legacy that Lisa Leslie left on the game of women’s basketball. Her contributions will never be forgotten.