At 6 feet, 5 inches, Lisa Leslie was once embarrassed by her height, but that was before she realized it would one day help make her a star.
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 a member the University of Southern California's women's basketball team and went on to play for the WNBA. She made its first slam-dunk, named the "greatest moment" in the league's first decade. 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 also was a leading member of Team USA's gold-medal-winning team in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.
The former Wilhelmina Agency model in 2001 won WNBA's first regular season MVP, All-Star MVP and WNBA Finals MVP titles and covers women's basketball for the sports channel ESPN.
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