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2015 WNBA All Star Legacy

Love this pic of Birdy & I. I'm so thankful for her in my life and that I can truly call her a friend. Have been through a lot over the years. A bond that was created by ball, but will go on for life. #Respect
Love this pic of Birdy & I. I'm so thankful for her in my life and that I can truly call her a friend. Have been through a lot over the years. A bond that was created by ball, but will go on for life. #Respect

Game’s over and I’m in the Sun locker room- the last one to leave. I take a deep breath in and slowly exhale as I look around. Less than an hour ago the locker room was full of my East teammates, the photographers, the media and WNBA staff- loud and full of energy. Now, the locker room is empty… calm… full of memories.

I’m thankful and blessed to have played in 10 All-Star games and words can’t express the way I felt when I walked out of that locker room. For the past 14 years the WNBA has been my life, and with it all of the perks that come in participating in All-Star Weekends (NBA & W), playing overseas, speaking appearances, fan engagement and really allowing my family and friends to be on this journey with me. What I realized is that this All-Star game marks the beginning of a lot of “lasts” in the next 2 seasons.

2015 WNBA All-Stars

I want to thank all of the fans that voted me in this year and in the previous years. Please know how much I appreciate and love each one of you. I know this is a sad moment for all of us, but let’s enjoy the rest of the journey I have to travel on this road. I know God has a plan for me after this, and I’m equally excited to see what it is. One thing I know is that He never fails me and what’s next will be PERFECT for me just as ball has been these past 14 years.

WNBA All Star Fit Clinic

This weekend was awesome as I truly sat back and thought… “We are handing over the torch.” I’m so excited for the younger players, and hope that they have been able to watch and observe from each one of the trailblazers before them to keep this league strong. I know the talent is there, but the only thing I worry about is never losing that appreciation for those who have built the game for you to be able to play. There were a lot of sacrifices made in the beginning, and while we have made progress, there is a LONG way to go. The torch that was passed from the Lynette Woodard, Cheryl Miller & Nancy Lieberman days to the Lisa Leslie, Dawn Staley & Sheryl Swoopes days to the Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Tina Thompson & Katie Smith days to the Swin Cash, Sue Bird & Diana Taurasi days to the Candace Parker, Lindsay Whalen & Seimone Augustus days to the Maya Moore, Brittney Griner, Skylar Diggins & Elena Della Donne days to the...

2015 WNBA ALL STARS

There’s so much work to be done in the year and a half that I have left to play, but I’m always up for a good challenge. And, especially knowing that if I have daughters that want to play in the WNBA, the success of each of you will allow my daughter the opportunity. Remember, “anything worth having, you have to fight for. Set the bar high and always look to achieve greatness!” Each one of you is great in my eyes!! Thank you for a great night and even moreso for a great weekend getting to see how equally great PEOPLE you are : )

Here’s to the 2015 WNBA All-Star Game… My last, but hopefully not the last of my legacy…

Best wishes and God Bless!

TC24

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