Lisa Leslie was born on July 7th 1972 in Gardena California to her mother Lauren Leslie a semi-professional basketball player. With two sisters Dionne who is five years older than Lisa and Tiffany who is eight years younger than Lisa. And one brother who is the basketball coach at Carondelet High School. During Lisa’s middle school years she transferred schools to a school that didn’t have a girls basketball team so Lisa played on an all boys team which increased her confidence in her playing abilities. On the first day of tryouts the team members were told to split into two groups lefties and righties for the layup drills, Lisa was the only one in the leftie group so she became right hand dominant making her ambidextrous (able to use left and right hand for many tasks). She became right hand dominant so she wouldn’t be the only one in the lefty group.
When she was 14 not even in high school yet, Lisa received over one hundred college recruitment letters including University of Tennessee and The University of Stanford. In 1986 Lisa enrolled at the Morningside High School in Inglewood, California and joined the girls basketball team and started every game for the varsity team. “She also found time to join the volleyball team and compete in track and field while basketball”. By her sophomore year Lisa was able to dunk on open-court even though she couldn’t palm the ball. In 1989 Lisa lead her team to the California state championship.
According to Wikipedia Lisa was so talented she was invited to join the USA’s Junior World championship team. Beginning her senior year Lisa was awarded the top player in the country. During her high school career Lisa averaged about 27 points and 15 rebounds per game. After Lisa’s high school years Lisa decided to stay close to home for her college career and attended The Women’s basketball powerhouse at The University of Southern California from 1990-1994. During her college career Lisa played in one hundred twenty college games. In 1992, 1993,1994 Lisa received All-American Honors awards. Lisa graduated USC with a Bachelor’s degree in communications and then later went on to earn her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. Lisa’s college team won one Pac-10 conference championship and earned four NCAA tournament appearances. “Lisa was honored with All-Pac-10 recognition for all four years, as well as becoming the first player in Pac-10 history to obtain four years and earn the Pac-10 Rookie of the Year award 1991”. After Lisa’s college career she was drafted into the Los Angeles Sparks women’s basketball team on January 22nd 1997. In 2001 Lisa was named sportswoman of the year.
On July 30th 2002 Lisa became the first woman in the WNBA to dunk the ball. Lisa finished her career holding the league records for points (6,263), rebounds (3,307) and PRA (10,444). At the end of her career Lisa had reached 10,000 career PRA (points+rebound+assist). Unfortunately, Lisa announced her retirement effective at the end of the season in 2009.
On February 4th, 2009 Lisa Leslie’s retirement was in effect and she was done playing basketball. But even though lisa ended her career in 2011 lisa was voted one of the Top 15 players in the fifteen-year history of the WNBA. During Lisa’s career she married Michael Lockwood on November 5th, 2005. And in 2007 Lisa took a years leave from basketball for her pregnancy of her first child, daughter Lauren Jolie Lockwood, and her son Michael Joseph Lockwood II. Lisa had a very interesting personal life. Lisa was also a fashion model and an aspiring actress. She guest-starred on the shows Sister, Sister, The Game, and One on One. Also played a guest-star role in Superstars, The Jersey, The Simpsons, also in the movie think Like A Man. After Lisa’s basketball career ended she worked as a commentator and analyst for many sports networks. She also released an autobiography titled “Don’t Let The Lipstick Fool You”. And in 2011 Lisa became a co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks. Lisa is Christian and is 45 years old today.