Lisa Leslie biography

Nadine Caridi

Lisa Leslie is an All-Star American basketball player, Olympic gold medalist, WNBA league MVP, Author, Fashion Model, and an also an actress.


Multitalented and awesome personality Lisa Leslie net worth, career, personal life have always interested millions of her fans. Former American professional basketball player, Lisa Leslie is a three-time WNBA MVP and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner. She helped Los Angeles Sparks win the playoffs five consecutive time. In 2001, she was given the title of Sportswoman of the year by the Women’s Sports Foundation. She was also the first WNBA player to win the regular season MVP in 2001. In 2002, she became the first WNBA player as the leading scorer earning her yet another title of MVP. In addition, Leslie was also part of the U.S. Olympic teams and winner of four Olympic gold medals in four years which are 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008. Even after retiring in 2009, Lisa Leslie has remained as an iconic figure in WNBA till date.


Birth and Background

Born on July 7, 1972 in Gardena, California, Lisa Deshaun Leslie inherited basketball playing skills from her father Walter Leslie. Mother Christine Lauren Leslie and father Walter Leslie, who also happens to be a semi-professional basketball player supported Leslie right from childhood giving her career a right track. Leslie, who was already six feet tall in seventh grade, led many to believe that she loved basketball. The frequent comments about her height led Leslie to  choose basketball in middle school. Success and victory ensued as a result of her decision to play basketball. She heralded the team to two state championship while she was in Morningside High School in Los Angeles.


Education and College Career


Lisa Leslie graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications in 1994 and in 2009. She completed her master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. Truly, Leslie was a multitalented all-rounder athlete who was really worth her rising net worth.

While at the university of Southern California, she set several Pac-10 conference records for points and rebounds. In 1994, during her final year at the university, Leslie was awarded as the National Player of the Year. She further accomplished several awards and titles during her college career. In addition to being honored with All-Pac-10 recognition, she was also given multiple awards for being the best player. She received Naismith College Player of the Year award, the USBWA Women’s National Player of the Year award, the Honda Sports Award for basketball, and the WBCA Player of the Year award.


WNBA Career and Net worth


Lisa Leslie began her career as a professional basketball player after landing a contract with the WNBA in 1997. She joined the Los Angeles Sparks and helped the team win the playoffs five consecutive times equipping her with the title Sportswoman of the Year. In 2001, Leslie was acknowledged as the first WNBA player to win the regular season MVP, the All-Star Game MVP, and the playoff MVP in the same year. In 2002, Leslie was recognized as the first woman to dunk the ball in a WNBA game. She also became the leading scorer in the WNBA in that same year.


Furthermore, Leslie have made four successive appearances in Olympics and is also a four Olympic gold medalist consecutively. Leslie’s presence in the U.S team during the Olympics in 1996 strengthened and profited the team greatly. She helped the team secure the gold medal in women’s basketball. It was also her first time appearing at the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, in that same year, Leslie also began her modelling career.  Most of all, she was also one of the youngest player to participate at the USA Olympic trials in 2002. She was only 20. That definitely convinced everyone that she’s reaching great heights and of course benefit by huge net worth.


Leslie’s appearance in the Olympic competition has helped her team obtain exceptional spot in the Olympics. She helped the U.S team secure gold in 1996, 2000, and in 2004. In her third Olympic competition, she became the leading scorer, rebounder, and shot blocker. Leslie did not participate in the 2007 WNBA season as she was pregnant. However, she immediately returned in 2008. Nothing can stop her. She participated in the 2008 Summer Olympic in Beijing, China where she secured her fourth and the final gold medal. In 2009, Lisa Leslie announced her retirement from basketball. As a basketball player, Leslie had earned great name and net worth. Lisa Leslie net worth is estimated to be $5 million.


Life after Basketball

After her retirement also Leslie chose to work in her related field and worked as sports commentator and analyst in various sports networks such as NBC, ABC, and Fox Sports Net. In addition, Leslie launched her autobiography Don’t Let the Lipstick Fool You, adding another milestone to her long list of accomplishments. In 2011, Leslie became the investor and co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks. In addition to being an outstanding sports woman, Leslie is also a fashion model and an ambitious actress. What more can she do? And how much it would have added to her net worth? However latest data of her net worth is not achieved. Leslie’s modeling career have led her to get featured in Vogue and Newsweek, as well as in numerous sports publications. Furthermore, she has appeared and guest starred in several television shows and films. To name a few, she has appeared in shows like Superstar, The Jersey and in an episode of The Simpsons. She has also appeared in the film Think Like a Man, where she played as herself.


Personal Life

Lisa Leslie is married to Michael Lockwood. Lockwood is a commercial real estate developer and a pilot for UPS. The couple have a daughter named Lauren Jolie and son Michael Joseph.


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