Lisa Leslie

Sports Analyst & Former WNBA Player

Lisa Leslie

Sports Analyst & Former WNBA Player
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Biography

Lisa Leslie was regarded throughout her career as the face of the Women’s Basketball Association (WNBA). The Los Angeles Sparks’ superstar was the first player to win the regular season MVP, the all-star MVP and the playoff MVP in the same season (2001), and the first to dunk in a WNBA game.  The 6’5” center led the Sparks to back-to-back WNBA titles in 2001 and 2002, and was an eight time All-Star selection, three-time WNBA MVP, and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008). A three-time All-American at USC and the 1994 National Player of the Year as a senior, Leslie signed a contract to play in the league in its inaugural season (1997) following her first Olympic gold medal run in 1996 in Atlanta. She averaged more than 17 points and 9 rebounds over her pro career before retiring in 2009. She was the 2001 recipient of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s prestigious Flo Hyman Memorial Award, and was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.  Since her retirement, Leslie has worked as a model and sports analyst. She and her husband Michael have two children.