Lisa Leslie was born in July 7, 1972 in Gardena, California. Lisa Leslie is a former basketball player and she became the WNBA MVP 3 times and won the Olympic Gold medal 4 times. After joining the WNBA in 1997, she signed with Los Angeles Sharks and won the WNBA Championship twice with them. She has also been voted as one of the top 15 players in the history of WNBA. Retired in 2009, she has also been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 4 times Olympic gold medalist also became the first player to dunk in a WNBA game.

Early Career

When she was at Morningside High School, she led her team to 2 state championships. She also became the National player of the year in 1994 when she was at the University of Southern California. She completed her graduation in 1994 from University of Southern California and then she went to University of Phoenix to complete her master’s in Business Administration.

She appeared in the Olympics in 1996 for the first time and helped United States win the gold medal. In 1997 she signed a contract with WNBA and joined Log Angeles Sharks, after that she had an incredible career.


After joining Los Angeles Sharks in 1997, she became the first WNBA player to win the standard season MVP in 2001. She also won the Playoff MVP and All-Star Game MVP. Leslie likewise drove the Los Angeles Sparks to two consecutive WNBA Championships in 2001 and 2002. In 2007, she couldn’t play the WNBA season because she was pregnant but she quickly made a return to the Sharks in 2008 and that is when she won her last gold medal in Beijing, China Olympics. Later on she announced her retirement in 2009 and the Sharks held a farewell ceremony in her last game to honor her.

Leslie also holds the record for scoring most points in a career. She scored more than 6,000 points in her whole career. Moreover Leslie also gave modeling a chance and her list of accomplishments also includes becoming an author. In 2009, she released a book which was an autobiography. The name of the book was “Don’t let the lipstick fool you”.

After retiring from WNBA in 2009, Leslie also appeared on several channels like Fox Sports and NBC as an analyst and sports commentator. Leslie started working with Los Angeles Sharks again in 2011 as an investor and became one of the team’s owners. In her 12 year career with WNBA, Lisa Leslie made many records and achieved a lot of things that is why she still has so many fans.

Personal life

Lisa Leslie got married in 2005 with Michael Lockwood and now she has two children named Michael Joseph Lockwood II and Lauren Jolie Lockwood. Their marriage is very sound, and both Leslie and her husband are living their life happily. Leslie’s annual salary is 91,000$ and her estimated net worth is said to be $5M.

Last Modified: Apr 5, 2020

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