Lisa Leslie's Firsts

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The WNBA's Inaugural Draft

After ousting competition in their 1996 Olympic appearance, the U.S. Women’s Basketball team had proven the sport’s viability in America. In 1996, the Women’s National Basketball Association was incorporated. Leslie was the number seven pick in the inaugural draft, becoming one of the league’s founding players. She began playing with the Los Angeles Sparks in January 1997.         

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