Former pro basketball player Lisa Leslie became the first former WNBA player to invest in a team. Recently, the former LA Sparks legend joined  chairperson Paula Madison and investors Kathy Goodman and Carla Christofferson in the team’s ownership group.

Leslie, a University of Southern California grad, is used to being first. She was the first woman to dunk in a game,  the first to reach 6,000 career points, and now she is the first WNBA player to invest in a professional basketball team.

Leslie told reporters she’s excited and proud to be a member of the Sparks’ ownership group.

“After spending over a decade playing with the Sparks and then the last  two season as both a fan and team broadcaster, I couldn’t be happier to  rejoin the organization formally as a business partner and team ambassador,” Leslie told NBC4 news. “I  look forward to being as asset to the Sparks in the areas of marketing and  community outreach.”

Lisa Leslie played with the Sparks from 1997 to 2009. She led them to two championships and was named league MVP three times.

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  • Nikki

    LOL! That’s great and all, but The Sparks are worth about the same as a Rucker Park street-ball team, literally. No one goes to the games out here in L.A. because they’re boring, there is no entertainment value, and unless one absolutely loves basketball, one would be better off going to high school boys game.

    If you can deal w/ the boys inferior skills at least you will have some excitement in form of dunks and alley-ops.

    I think women’s basketball is made into a joke by people who won’t let women lower the basket to provide an equal counterpart to the men’s game. They use smaller basketballs than the men, why not let them dunk easier.

    Excuse my rant, I used to play ball in college, but congrats to Lisa either way, it’s still a strong statement of women’s empowerment.

  • sli

    Good for her! I can imagine that means a lot to her to take ownership of a team she played for for over 10 years.