WNBA icon Lisa Leslie was born on July 7, 1972. The California native began playing basketball in sixth grade and led Morningside High School to two state championships. Leslie was also a member of the University of Southern California’s women’s basketball team.
At 6’5″, according to the WNBA, the former Los Angeles Sparks center is considered to be “one of the most dynamic, popular female basketball players in the world.” She was also a leading member of Team USA’s gold-medal-winning Olympic team in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.
In 2001, the former Wilhelmina Agency model won WNBA’s first regular season MVP, All-Star MVP and WNBA Finals MVP titles. She currently covers women’s basketball for the sports channel ESPN.