Quotes >> Renee Brown, Anne Donovan, Lisa Leslie and Candace Parker
May 31, 2008 ï¿½ Washington, D.C.
'When I think about today, it is definitely a day of celebration.'
'Since 1996 the USA team has won the last three Olympic gold medals, and then won two world championship gold medals. In 2006 we won the bronze medal, so we have some business to take care of in the 2008 Olympic Games.'
'What we are most proud of is that throughout the history of USA basketball, we always been able to get our top players involved with playing USA basketball. It is one thing that we take and are very proud of because these players, our tops players, really want to represent this country and represent this country at the highest level.'
'I am honored to be here representing the selection committee on the nine players they have selected. It was nine players that they have given a lot of thought to and it was a difficult decision to come up with that nine, but once you hear who the nine are, you will be very proud of the nine that will be representing our country.'
'It is a mix of veteran players and some of our young players, but to me nine of the most talented players not just in this country but in the world. I would like to start off with our four time Olympian, Lisa Leslie. She brings a lot of experience to the game. She is one of the best players to ever play the game, and not only is she is a great player, she's a great person and a great leader.'
'Candace Parker, is one of our younger players that will be representing the team. We have a three time Olympian in Katie Smith. We have a two time Olympian in Sue Bird, Diana Taurusi, and Tina Thompson. And to round up the list we will have Sylvia Fowles, Simone Augustus, and Cappie Pondexter.'
Anne Donovan - 2008 U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team Head Coach
'It has been an interesting two years, this last process that we have gone through to come up with these great players.'
'The nine players to me are no brainers, we have some of the best talent in the world within these nine players. And so it's really exciting to me, getting this close to Beijing, to announce these first nine and follow up with three more further into the summer.'
'Although we haven't had a cohesive group, or these nine ever together at the same time when we get together July 28th it's going to be a pretty formidable group. Highlighted always by our experienced player, Lisa. We missed Lisa tremendously at the World Championships where we came away with the bronze medal.'
Lisa Leslie - 2008 U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team Member
'For me I feel a little emotional. I feel so blessed to be young enough to play in another Olympics yet old enough to now be the leader and the veteran of so many great players.'
'For me, I'm always about team. We put on that red, white, and blue and it's about gold and we don't settle for anything less and it's a crash course for me being around Candace and us building our chemistry and then having the opportunity to play with Slyvia in China in March.'
'My part is to lead whether it's on the floor or off the floor. Making sure out team is together but I know what it takes for us to win gold, that's what our country does and that's what we will do. So, I am proud and thankful to be young enough to be able to play in another Olympics in any capacity and as a leader I won't let you down.'
Candace Parker - 2008 U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team Member
'I can remember sitting on my couch watching the 96' Olympics, with tears in my eyes watching them get their medals, and telling my mom and my dad I was going to be there one day.'
'It's really an amazing feeling. I have had the opportunity over the past couple months to play with the greatest player in Women's basketball and to learn from her and I think that I have an advantage because she's my teammate away from the USA Olympics.'
'It's a great feeling and a great opportunity to represent your country.'