Lisa Leslie RumorsAll NBA Players
An offshoot of the longstanding voter registration organization Rock The Vote, Hoopers Vote took part in this week’s National Voter Registration Week by having ambassadors from the NBA and WNBA communities, including media that cover the league, publicly push people to make sure they’re registered to vote on multiple social media sites beginning on Thursday. A new website, hoopersvote.org, links to Rock The Vote and its various initiatives. Emmy Award-winning actress and producer Kerry Washington is taking part in the campaign. Current NBA players including Jackson, Duncan Robinson, Collin Sexton and Langston Galloway are taking part; WNBA stars Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart, Nneka Ogwumike, Elena Delle Donne and Renee Montgomery are on board, along with Hall of Famers Lisa Leslie and Rebecca Lobo. NBA Hall of Famers taking part include James Worthy and Alex English, along with media members such as Kenny Smith and Steve Smith of Turner Sports and Jalen Rose of ESPN. Warriors assistant coach Jarron Collins and his twin brother Jason, the former NBA big man, are also ambassadors.
Marc J. Spears: The members of the reigning @thebig3 champion Triplets will all return for the 2020 season, per source. The Triplets were led by 2019 Big3 MVP Joe Johnson and 2019 Coach of the Year Lisa Leslie. Al Jefferson, Alan Anderson, Jannero Pargo, Jamario Moon, Sergerio Gipson also back.
On Tuesday morning, the Twitter account for “CBS This Morning” tweeted out a clip from King’s sit-down interview with Leslie, a 3-time WNBA MVP and Basketball Hall of Famer. The specific clip they tweeted showed King pressing Leslie on whether Bryant’s sexual assault charge complicates the late basketball star’s legacy. Leslie was adamant that the charge does not diminish Bryant’s legacy and said the media should stop pushing the matter so soon after Bryant’s death.
HoopsHype caught up with Leslie to discuss her decision to coach in the Big3, the adjustment from five-on-five to three-on-three, being a trail blazer, the state of the WNBA (and basketball as a whole) and more. When did you decide to get involved with the Big3 and what attracted you to the league? Lisa Leslie: I actually watched the Big3 with my husband during the first season and I loved it. I used to play three-on-three at Venice Beach, so I really respect the game when it comes to three-on-three. What a lot of people don’t understand about three-on-three is how physical it is and how important it is to be a two-way player. You really have to play well on offense and defense or you’re going to get exposed out there. I really enjoyed watching the first season of the Big3 and I thought it was a huge success.
Do you think we’ll see a female head coach in the NBA soon? Becky Hammon is doing a great job as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs and her name has come up a bit during coaching searches. Do you think we’ll see that soon and how exciting would that be? Lisa Leslie: I think it will eventually happen. I don’t know if it it’s going to be soon because I think it’s important for a lot of the women to start out these other jobs, where they are the assistants and the guys are used to having them around and they’re gathering information and they’re understanding that the leagues are different and learning how it all works. Over time, as many of the women get closer and closer to those positions, then they’ll eventually get those jobs because you’ll see that they have what it takes.
Lisa Leslie: I think Becky obviously showed a great deal of knowledge and expertise when she coached the Spurs’ Summer League team to the championship. But, again, it’s not like you want a job just because you’re a woman – you want a job because you deserve it and you’re capable of doing it. I think that’s the difference. We don’t want it to be on the merit of, “Oh, you decided to let a female do it.” You want to be chosen because they recognize that you know how to inspire and motivate players, that you know the Xs and Os and that you have great leadership skills. You want to be hired because you have the pieces to put their team in a better position and help them win.