Lisa Leslie

Lisa Leslie

Lisa Leslie

In 2008, Lisa Leslie became only the second basketball player ever to win four Olympic gold medals. Playing for the LA Sparks her entire professional career, Leslie won the WNBA title in 2001 and 2002. She earned three MVP awards (2001, 2004 and 2006) and was selected into eight all-star teams. When she retired from the league in 2009, she was the all-time leader in points and rebounds.

Lisa Leslie was an All-Star basketball player, Olympic gold medalist and WNBA league MVP. Standing six feet tall in seventh grade, Leslie hated it when people would ask her if she played basketball. But after reluctantly picking up the sport in middle school, she was hooked. While at Morningside High School in Los Angeles, she led the team to two state championships. In college at the University of Southern California, she set several Pac-10 conference records for points and rebounds.

In her final year at University of Southern California, Leslie was named the 1994 National Player of the Year. She made her first trip to the Olympics in 1996 held in Atlanta, Georgia. There she helped the U.S. team take home the gold medal in women’s basketball. That same year, Leslie also launched a modeling career. In 2009, Leslie added becoming an author to her already long list of accomplishments. She released her autobiography, Don’t Let the Lipstick Fool You, before playing her final season with the Sparks. Since her retirement, Leslie has worked as a sports commentator and analyst for such channels as ABC, NBC and Fox Sports Net among others.

Leslie returned to her beloved Sparks team in 2011, but this time as an investor, not a player. She is now one of the team’s owners, and has also decided to share her knowledge and skills with others through the Lisa Leslie Basketball & Leadership Academy. Leslie is married to Michael Lockwood. The couple has two children, son Michael Joseph and daughter Lauren Jolie.

  Lisa Leslie Bio
NameLisa Leslie
Date of Birth7 July 1972
Place of BirthCompton, California
CountryUnited States
OccupationBasketBall Player
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg)
EducationUniversity of Southern California, Morningside High School
High schoolMorningside (Inglewood, California)
Playing career1997–2009
PositionCenter
Number9
Marital Status:married
Married Date:05 Nov 2005
HusbandMichael Lockwood
FatherWalter Leslie
MotherChristine
SiblingsDionne and Tiffany
KidsLauren Jolie Lockwood, Michael Joseph Lockwood II
Career highlights and awards
Four-time Olympic gold medalist
Two-time World champion
Two-time WNBA champion
Two-time WNBA Finals MVP
Nine-time WNBA All-Star
Three-time WNBA MVP
Two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year
First player in the WNBA to reach over 6,000 points mark
Member of the WNBA All-Decade Team
Three-time ESPY Award Winner for Best WNBA Player
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