Article: Miami’s Sylvia Fowles a global power with strong local ties

Great article on Big Syl…

* A R T I C L E * Miami’s Sylvia Fowles a global power with strong local ties

“Even though she pretty much knew she wanted to go to LSU, she made sure not to tell anyone or make any commitments because she wanted coaches to keep coming out to recruit her and to keep coming out to watch her teammates play. We had 32 girls in our program when she was here. All of them went to college.

That’s pretty cool. Much better than some athletes that enjoy stringing people along just for the fun/attention of it. Speaking of which…

LeBron James, who befriended Fowles at the Olympics, was supposedly posed a question two years ago. When asked by a fellow NBA player who he would pick to play alongside him in a five-on-five, he passed on Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant and the rest of the NBA.

“He said he’d pick me,” Fowles said. “I’m pretty sure we could hold our own.”

Never heard about this but it’s pretty cool that he said that.

Although she made between $800,000 to $900,000 last season, according to her agent, only a small percentage came from the WNBA. The contract she received when the Chicago Sky made her the second pick in the 2008 WNBA draft was only $44,000, not nearly enough to support a young woman and her family who struggled growing up in Little Haiti and the Victory Home Housing Projects.

“It [stinks] because I don’t get very much time off,” Fowles said. “I miss my family. I might get a week off during the holidays and a week off between seasons to go home, see my mom, see my nephews and brothers and sisters. But I talk to them everyday. I Skype, do what I have to. But I can’t complain. I’m doing what I love. I’m playing basketball.”

Hey, I’ll take the $44G’s!

Also on Fowles’ radar: Her old AAU team. The Suns folded when Fowles was a sophomore at LSU. But at the urging of Fowles, who footed the bill for shoes, uniforms and travel money, the Suns returned to action last AAU season.

Check out the facebook page for the Miami Suns. Very cool.

Two nephews, Morris, 10, and Jeremy, 1, are fighting epilepsy. Although she is able to help support them financially, she knows how much of a challenge it is for her mother and other family members to deal with it. That’s why she has become united with CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy) and is raising money for its cause.

Big Syl seems to be doing a lot for the cause. Also came across this blog which talks a little more about CURE and has a few nice pics.

~ Chicago Sky Hoops ~

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~ by audsquad on July 31, 2010.

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