Fresh off coaching the Triplets of the Big 3 League to a championship, WNBA Legend Lisa Leslie has received more great news that will allow her to make history and be among a list of greats.
The Staples Center in Los Angeles is home to the Star PLaza which houses statues of great athletes to include Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson, Oscar De La Hoya, Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, and Elgin Baylor to name a few. There are a total of 10 statues in the plaza currently and now it is about to get a little more diverse. The Los Angeles Sparks and the Anschutz Entertainment Group came to an agreement that it was due time to honor Lisa Leslie, the Hall of Fame WNBA player with her own statue outside of the venue in which she played 12 seasons.
The selection for her to receive a statue is very well earned. Over the span of her WNBA career, Lisa Leslie was a three-time WNBA MVP, a two-time WNBA champion and Finals MVP, an eight-time All-Star and three-time All-Star game MVP—and a four-time Olympic gold medalist. Leslie was also the first player ever to dunk in a WNBA game. While it was not done as a professional player, Lisa Leslie also scored 101 points by halftime in a high school contest.
In an interview with the LA Times, Lee Ziedman, President of the Staples Center, Microsoft Theatre, and LA Live said, “We look forward to sitting down with Sparks ownership to negotiate a new lease for the 2020 WNBA season and beyond. In addition, we plan to discuss the timing and placement of a permanent statue at Staples Center honoring one of the great all-time WNBA players, Lisa Leslie.”
Being celebrated with a statue is a true blessing and honor for a woman that was truly dedicated to her craft and breaking barriers in the sport for women. Congrats Lisa, you deserve.