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Old 02-17-2009, 05:04 PM   #1
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Default Lisa Leslie to retire at end of 2009 season

Lisa Leslie to retire from Sparks at seasonís end -- The AP reports: Three-time WNBA MVP and four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie will call it quits after her upcoming 12th season with the Los Angeles Sparks. The 36-year-old center announced her decision Wednesday, accompanied by her 19-month-old daughter and husband. Leslie, a cornerstone of the league since its start in 1997, guided the Sparks to WNBA championships in 2001 and 2002. ďIím not going to pull a (Michael) Jordan and come back in a year or two,Ē she said. ďFor me, I feel good about where I am. Ö I just know this is a good time. I can still help (the team). I donít want to be out there when I canít do it.Ē
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