59 Facts About Lisa Leslie


Lisa Deshaun Leslie was born on July 7,1972 and is an American former professional basketball player.


Lisa Leslie is currently the head coach for Triplets in the BIG3 professional basketball league, as well as a studio analyst for Orlando Magic broadcasts on Bally Sports Florida.


Lisa Leslie is a three-time WNBA MVP and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner.


All throughout her WNBA career, Lisa Leslie played for USA Basketball in international competition, winning four Olympic gold medals and two FIBA World Championships.


In 2015, Lisa Leslie was inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.


Lisa Leslie has two sisters: Dionne, who is five years older, and Tiffany, who is eight years younger.


Lisa Leslie was the only lefty in the group, so from then on, she decided to become right-hand dominant so she would not have to stand in a line by herself.


At the age of 14, before Lisa 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.


Lisa Leslie continued her education in 1986 by enrolling at Morningside High School in Inglewood, California.


Lisa Leslie made an immediate impact on the basketball program, starting every game for the girl's varsity team.


Lisa Leslie joined the volleyball team and competed in track and field.


Lisa Leslie ended up being a state qualifier in the 400-meter run and the high jump.


Lisa Leslie was her team's leading scorer and rebounder and led them to the 1989 California state championship.


Lisa Leslie was invited to participate in the USA's Junior World Championship team.


Lisa Leslie led her team to a state championship averaging 27 points and 15 rebounds per game.


Lisa Leslie tied the national record for points scored by a high school basketball player with Cheryl Miller in 1990 with 101 points scored, all in the first half.


Lisa Leslie had scored 105 points but four of the points were due to a technical foul charged on the opposing team for a delay of game after halftime, which were later voided as the game was deemed to end after the first half.


Lisa Leslie attended women's basketball powerhouse the University of Southern California from 1990 to 1994.


Lisa Leslie graduated from USC with a bachelor's degree in communications and later completed her master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.


Lisa Leslie set the Pac-10 Conference records for scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots accumulating 2,414 points, 1,214 rebounds, and 321 blocked shots.


Lisa Leslie holds the USC single season record for blocked shots.


Lisa 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.


Lisa Leslie was honored on the national platform by earning the national freshman of the year award in 1991.


Lisa Leslie helped the Sparks make the playoffs five consecutive times, but the team did not win a WNBA title until 2001.


That year, Lisa Leslie was named the 2001 Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation.


On July 30,2002, Lisa Leslie became the first woman to dunk the ball in a WNBA game.


Lisa Leslie is the 4th highest all-time rebound leader, after Rebekkah Brunson, Sylvia Fowles, and Tamika Catchings.


Lisa Leslie announced her retirement effective at the end of the 2009 season on February 4,2009.


Lisa Leslie finished holding the league records for points, rebounds and PRA.


Lisa Leslie was named to the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team.


Lisa Leslie was 17 at the time, the youngest player on the USA team.


Lisa Leslie led the team in scoring, rebounds, and blocks, averaging 13.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and recording 21 blocks over the course of the event.


Lisa Leslie was a member of the USA team competing at the 1991 World University Games held in Sheffield, England.


Lisa Leslie competed with USA Basketball as a member of the 1992 Jones Cup Team that won the Gold in Taipei for the first time since 1987.


Lisa Leslie has made four consecutive Olympic appearances, and has earned four gold medals.


Lisa Leslie was the second female basketball player ever to earn that many gold medals, after Teresa Edwards.


Lisa Leslie has made appearances with the United States national women's basketball team where she won gold medals in 1996 and 2000, and has earned a world championship.


Lisa Leslie scored 35 points against Japan in the semifinals of the 1996 Olympics to set an American Olympic women's scoring record.


Lisa Leslie is one of seven USA Basketball's three-time Olympians, and one of two players with four gold medals.


Lisa Leslie led the US team in scoring during the 2004 Olympic Games.


Lisa Leslie has had a rivalry with Lauren Jackson ever since the 2000 Olympics, when the Australian star ripped out Lisa Leslie's hair extensions during a game.


Apart from basketball, Lisa Leslie is a fashion model and an aspiring actress.


Lisa Leslie has been featured in Vogue and Newsweek, as well as many sports publications.


Lisa Leslie has been on ESPN numerous times and has been a guest star on several television shows such as Sister Sister, The Game, and One on One.


Lisa Leslie appeared on the show, Superstars, and she and her partner, David Charvet, took third place after David injured his wrist.


Lisa Leslie played herself in an episode of the TV-show The Jersey called "Nick's a Chick", where she switched bodies with a boy named Nick Lighter.


Lisa Leslie appeared in the movie Think Like A Man, and played as herself.


Lisa Leslie is a playable character in the original Backyard Basketball, alongside Kevin Garnett.


Lisa Leslie was only the fourth female professional athlete in the Backyard Sports series, after Brianna Scurry, Brandi Chastain, and Tiffeny Milbrett.


Lisa Leslie appeared in the 2nd episode of All in with Cam with host Cam Newton.


In 2013, Lisa Leslie switched places with Downtown Julie Brown on the show Celebrity Wife Swap.


Since her retirement from professional basketball, Lisa Leslie has worked as a sports commentator and analyst for several sports networks, such as NBC, ABC and Fox Sports Net.


Lisa Leslie had released an autobiography called Don't Let the Lipstick Fool You.


In 2018, Lisa Leslie joined Fox Sports Florida as a studio analyst on Orlando Magic broadcasts.


On November 5,2005, Lisa Leslie married Michael Lockwood, who played basketball for the United States Air Force Academy and is a pilot for UPS.


On February 4,2020, Lisa Leslie was interviewed by Gayle King to talk about her friendship with Kobe Bryant.


Lisa Leslie responded that those accusations did not align with the person she knew.


Lisa Leslie is a realtor and co-founder of a sports and entertainment real-estate firm named Aston Rose.


Lisa Leslie was initiated as an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority on July 15,2021.