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Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie
NYP99071403 - 15 JULY 1999, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie, hoist her trophy after being named MVP, July 14, at the Innaugaural AllStar game of the WNBA, held at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. UPI/hrc Hayden Roger Celestin
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Two-Time WNBA Champion (2001, 2002) Three-time WNBA MVP (2001, 2004, 2006) Eight-time WNBA All-Star (1999–2003, 2005, 2006, 2009) First player to dunk in a WNBA game First WNBA player to reach the 6,000 point plateau First player ever to garner regular season, WNBA Finals and All-Star Game MVP awards in the same season. Led the WNBA in rebounds in 1997 (9.5 rpg) and 1998 (10.2 rpg)

Lisa Deshaun Leslie-Lockwood (born July 7, 1972, in Gardena, California) is a former American professional women's basketball player in the WNBA. She is a three-time WNBA MVP and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner. The number seven pick in the 1997 inaugural WNBA draft, she followed a superb career at the University of Southern California with seven WNBA All-Star appearances and two WNBA championships over the course of eleven seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks, before retiring in 2009. Leslie, a 6'5" center, is the first player to dunk in a WNBA game. She was considered a pioneer and cornerstone of the league during her WNBA career.

Leslie is the daughter of Christine Lauren Leslie, who started her own truck driving business to support her three children, and Walter Leslie, a semiprofessional basketball player. Walter left the family when her mother was four months pregnant with her. Lisa's mother stood 6 ft 3 in. Leslie has two sisters: Dionne, who is five years older, and Tiffany, who is eight years younger.

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