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FOX Sports Florida, the exclusive television home of the Orlando Magic, today announced Lisa Leslie has joined its roster of Magic on-air talent for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. In her new role, Leslie will serve as studio analyst on select Magic Live! pre- and postgame shows. Leslie, a three-time WNBA MVP, two-time WNBA Champion, and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner, comes to FOX Sports Florida after serving as a commentator for ESPN, FOX Sports Net, Turner and NBC. Leslie made her debut during last night’s Magic Live! pregame show and will return this evening at 7:30 p.m., alongside host Paul Kennedy, as the Magic get set to battle the Milwaukee Bucks.
This year’s honorees of the 12th Annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award feature a star-studded lineup of NBA and WNBA greats: Grant Hill, Steve Smith and the second-ever female honoree, Lisa Leslie. All will be honored during the MLK Jr. Celebration Day events, including the newly renamed Earl Lloyd Sports Legacy Symposium presented by the Hyde Family Foundations on Jan. 15, for their significant contributions to civil and human rights, and for laying the foundation for future leaders through their career in sports in the spirit of Dr. King.
Also enshrined Friday were former NBA stars Spencer Haywood, Jo Jo White and Dikembe Mutombo, women’s basketball great Lisa Leslie and referee Dick Bavetta. Tom Heinsohn was inducted as a coach after already being enshrined as a player, joined by former coaches George Raveling and Australia’s Lindsay Gaze, plus ABA star Louis Dampier and early African-American player John Isaacs.
The three-time WNBA MVP, 12-time All-WNBA Team, four-time gold medal winning, and brand new Hall of Famer — she is inducted this weekend — was a guest on Larry King Live (yes, that Larry King, he’s still around) and he asked her about coaching in the NBA. She tossed the ball into Doc Rivers’ court. “I could coach. I haven’t had the desire to coach because I have little kids but I would never say never that’s definitely something I’m totally capable of doing in the NBA…..
“I definitely think that I have some knowledge of the game that would definitely help their (Clippers) postgame, post players, footwork, and how to defend offensively and defensively. For sure, I could help that team immediately.”
When Barkley is told of Leslie’s ambition, and her friendly jab, he laughs. “We should hire her sooner. Any time TNT wants to fire Kenny, they’re welcome to do it,” he says, referring to friend and fellow analyst Kenny Smith, whose on-air jousts with Barkley have made the studio show such a success. Leslie thinks she would fit right in, even with Smith. “I want to cover men’s basketball on a national level,” Leslie says, “where people know and respect what I have to say about the game as much as they respected me playing it.”
Lisa Leslie is working on a new goal, one that has her trash-talking Charles Barkley. If she succeeds, “Charles won’t be eating no more doughnuts,” she says, smiling. After she watched the retirement of her No. 9 Sparks’ jersey at Staples Center on Tuesday night, the women’s basketball icon relished another moment in an award-filled career that spanned 13 seasons and ended in 2009. But her best moment, she hopes, will come as an NBA studio analyst for TNT, sitting alongside the inimitable Barkley.