Considered one of the most dynamic and popular female basketball players in the world, Lisa Leslie is a pioneer of the sport. She is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time WNBA MVP. Fans voted her slam-dunk, the first in WNBA history, as the “Greatest Moment” in the WNBA's first decade.
Standing six feet tall when she was in the sixth grade, Lisa Leslie picked up a basketball in middle school and has never looked back. While at Morningside High School in Inglewood, CA, she led the team to two state championships.
In college at the University of Southern California, she finished as the all time Pac-10 leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots. After college, she launched her modeling career, signing with the prestigious Wilhelmina Agency in 1996.
The former center for the Los Angeles Sparks, Lisa Leslie is the most decorated player in WNBA history. She has earned three WNBA MVP awards, two WNBA Finals MVP awards, two Defensive Player of the Year awards, eight 1st Team All-WNBA selections, three WNBA All-Star MVP awards, was named to the WNBA All-Decade Team and has been selected Player of the Week a league best 15 times.
In 2001, she led the Los Angeles Sparks to their first WNBA Championship. In 2002, after leading the Sparks to their second consecutive WNBA Championship, she was named MVP of both the WNBA Finals and WNBA All-Star Game. She garnered WNBA MVP award honors again in 2006.
In Olympic play, Leslie finished with a 32-0 record in Olympic competition and is the first female basketball player to win four consecutive gold medals, (1996, 2000, 2004 & 2008).
Among her many accolades, she was also honored in 2001 as the recipient of the prestigious Flo Hyman Memorial Award by the Women's Sports Foundation, the 2006 Sportswoman of the Year award by the Los Angeles Sports Council and became the first player in WNBA history to record 5,000 points in 2006.
In 2007, she sat out the WNBA season when she and her husband, Michael Lockwood, welcomed their first child. During this time, she wrote her memoir, Don’t Let the Lipstick Fool You: The Making of a Champion.
In September, 2009, after receiving 4 Olympic gold medals, two WNBA championships, three league MVPs and being named the league's all-time leading scorer (6,263 points) and rebounder (3,307), Lisa Leslie announced her official retirement from the WNBA, ending a stellar career.
Lisa is excited to embark on this next phase in her life, which will include more time with her husband and three young daughters. It will also include work for the Lisa Leslie Basketball & Leadership Academy, pursuing a broadcasting career and public speaking.
A true champion both on and off the court, Lisa Leslie is sure to continue to inspire audiences around the country as she shares her incredible story.