Lisa Deshaun Leslie is an American former professional basketball player. She is the head coach for Triplets in the BIG3 professional basketball league, as well as a studio analyst for Orlando Magic broadcasts on Fox Sports Florida. Leslie played in the Women's National Basketball Association, she is a four-time Olympic gold medal winner. The number-seven pick in the 1997 inaugural WNBA draft, she followed her career at the University of Southern California with eight WNBA All-Star selections and two WNBA championships over the course of eleven seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks, before retiring in 2009. Leslie was the first player to dunk in a WNBA game. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history. In 2015, she was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Leslie was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. Leslie was born in Gardena, the daughter of Christine Lauren Leslie, who stood 6 feet 3 inches, Walter Leslie, a semi-professional basketball player.
Christine started her own truck driving business to support her three children. Walter left the family. Leslie has two sisters: Dionne, five years older, Tiffany, eight years younger, she has a brother, Elgin. She played on an all-girls team with the record 33–1. During the first few weeks of middle school, a classmate begged Leslie to help out the basketball team. On her first day of basketball tryouts, team members were told to split into two groups for layup drills: lefties and righties. Leslie was the only lefty in the group, so from on, she decided to become right-hand dominant so she would not have to stand in a line by herself; that decision worked to her advantage. In eighth grade, she transferred to a junior high school without a girls' basketball team, joined a boys' basketball team, her success there contributed to her confidence in her playing abilities. At the age of 14, before Leslie had started high school at Morningside, she received more than a hundred college recruiting letters, including some from top Division I programs at the University of Tennessee and Stanford University.
Leslie continued her education in 1986 by enrolling at Morningside High School in Inglewood, California. She made an immediate impact on the basketball program, starting every game for the girl's varsity team, she found time to join the volleyball team and compete in track and field. She ended up being a state qualifier in the high jump. By the time she was a sophomore in high school, she was able to dunk the ball in the open court though she was not able to palm the ball, she was her team's leading scorer and rebounder and led them to the 1989 California state championship. Leslie was so talented that she was invited to participate in the USA's Junior World Championship team. Entering her senior year, she developed into the top player in the country, she led her team to a state championship averaging 15 rebounds per game. Leslie decided to stay close to home and attend women's basketball powerhouse the University of Southern California from 1990–1994, she graduated from USC with a bachelor's degree in communications and completed her master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
Leslie played in a total of 120 college games, averaging 20.1 points, hitting 53.4% of her shots, knocking down 69.8% of her free throws. She set the Pac-10 Conference records for scoring and blocked shots accumulating 2,414 points, 1,214 rebounds, 321 blocked shots, she holds the USC single season record for blocked shots. During her college career, USC compiled an impressive 89–31 record, they earned four NCAA tournament appearances. Leslie was honored with All-Pac-10 recognition all four years, as well as becoming the first player in Pac-10 history to obtain first team all four years and earn the Pac-10 Rookie of the Year award in 1991. Leslie was honored on the national platform by earning the national freshman of the year award in 1991. In 1994, she won multiple national player of the year awards—the Naismith College Player of the Year award, the USBWA Women's National Player of the Year award, the Honda Sports Award for basketball, the WBCA Player of the Year award. In 1992, 1993, 1994, she earned All-American Honors as well.
Source The WNBA was incorporated in 1996 and began playing in 1997. Leslie was drafted on January 22 by the Los Angeles Sparks as part of the Initial Allocation phase of the draft, she helped the Sparks make the playoffs five consecutive times, but the team did not win a WNBA title until 2001. That year, Leslie was named the 2001 Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation. On July 30, 2002, Leslie became the first woman to dunk the ball in a WNBA game; that same year she became the first WNBA player to score over 3,000 total career points and contributed to the Sparks winning their second straight WNBA championship that season. Two seasons she became the first player to reach the 4,000-career point milestone. Leslie remains the Sparks' career rebounding leader, she is the 4th highest all-time rebound leader, after Rebekkah Brunson, Sylvia Fowles, Tamika Catchings. Within that same season, she became the third player in WNBA history to record a triple double, when she had 29 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks.
In the 2005 WNBA All-Star Game, Leslie had become the first WNBA player to dunk in an all-star game. On August 11, 2009, Leslie became the first player to score 6,000 points in a career
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