Three Time WNBA MVP, Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and Hall of Famer
Lisa Leslie is one of the most-recognized and dominant players in the history of the WNBA.
While at Morningside High School in Inglewood, Calif., Leslie led her team to two state championships and scored a record setting 101 points in one game. In college at the University of Southern California, she was the all-time Pac-10 leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots. After college, Leslie launched her modeling career, signing with the prestigious Wilhelmina Agency in 1996.
She was a member of the gold medal winning U.S. Olympic teams in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. She is the first team sport athlete to win four consecutive Olympic Gold Medals.
In 2001, Leslie was the first WNBA player to win the regular season MVP, the All-Star Game MVP and the playoff MVP in the same season. That year, she also led the Los Angeles Sparks to their first WNBA Championship. In 2002, she became the WNBA all-time leading scorer and was named MVP of the regular season for the second year in a row. She led the Los Angeles Sparks to back-to-back championships.
In Leslie’s off-season she became an author and released her first book, “Don’t Let the Lipstick Fool You.” In her own words, she points the spotlight onto her remarkable life off the court, where being a confident champion was not always simple.
She became a commentator for ESPN in 2004, covering the NCAA Women’s Tournament. Leslie retired from the WNBA in 2009 and is now an in-studio sports analyst for ABC, Turner, and CBS Sports Network. In 2012 she covered the Summer Olympics for NBC.
In August 2011, Leslie became co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks. She then transition to become Co-Host of the award winning CBS Sports Network show called, “We Need To Talk”, Ambassador for The Players Tribune and spokes persons for American Federation for Children an effort she holds close to her heart!
Look for her on this upcoming season of the Celebrity Apprentice and check out her upcoming book called “From The Court to the Boardroom” set to hit the stands in 2017.
As you can see, Lisa Leslie does it all but her proudest accomplishment is being married to her husband Michael for 11 years and proud parents to two stepdaughters Gabrielle, Mikaela, and mommy to her little ones Lauren and MJ.