Wednesday, February 4, 2009
It was rumored, and now, it's official. The 2009 season will be the last season for Lisa Leslie. She will most likely retire as a 3-time WNBA MVP and the only WNBA player to score 6,000 points in a career.
Furthermore, she was one of the two players who tipped off the very first game played - on June 21, 1997. (Her tip-off opponent was Kym Hampton of the New York Liberty). She's been part of WNBA history since the league literally started.
Is this going to be a championship season for the Sparks? (Candace Parker is out with pregnancy, but Tina Thompson might be a new Sparks addition.) However the season turns out, I think it will all end in only one place for Leslie - the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee. What a long way from Morningside High School.
Update: Lisa Leslie's ESPN chat today.