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PostPosted: 08/01/11 2:47 pm    ::: Athlete father/WNBA player daughter combinations? Reply Reply with quote

From another WNBA board that I go to, someone wrote the following...

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Hakeem and Abi Olajuwon are, to my knowledge, one of only three father-daughter combinations to play in the NBA and WNBA. The other two are Harvey and Tamika Catchings and Karl Malone and Cheryl Ford.

In addition, Alan Wiggins, the father of Candace Wiggins, played in Major League Baseball (MLB) and Greg Phillips, the father of Erin Phillips, played in the Australian Football League.


That got me wondering about other fathers who played pro sports, but whose daughter played in the WNBA.

* Former Indiana Fever player Christina Wirth, whose father, Alan Wirth, was a pitcher for several MLB teams in the late-70's/early-80's.

* Jennifer Lacy is the daughter of former MLB outfielder Lee Lacy. Lee was an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 70's and was on the Pittsburgh Pirates' World Series Championship team in 1979.

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PostPosted: 08/01/11 2:57 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

William "Bubba" Paris, father of Courtney and Ashley, is a former NFL player (Super Bowl winner on the 49ers)


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PostPosted: 08/01/11 3:01 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Kraay's Dad played in the NFL, albeit briefly I think.

Other's have famous relatives ...such as Sandora Irvin.


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Anete Jekabsone-Zogota's father Andris Jekabsons was a pro basketball player in Europe.


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PostPosted: 08/01/11 3:05 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Catherine Kraayveld's dad Dave played defensive line for the Seahawks.



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Erin Phillips' father, Greg, was a professional Australian Rules Football star.


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PostPosted: 08/01/11 3:26 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Natalie Williams' father Nate played eight seasons in the NBA....



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PostPosted: 08/01/11 3:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Kara Braxton's father, Quentin Braxton, was drafted by the TrailBlazers in 1975 but never made an NBA roster.



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PostPosted: 08/01/11 3:43 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Lauren Jackson's father, Gary Jackson, played for the Australian national team (basketball) in the 1970's.



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PostPosted: 08/01/11 3:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Camille Little's father, Robert Little, played for the Harlem Globetrotters.



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PostPosted: 08/01/11 4:06 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Can't believe no one mentioned Candice Wiggins, whose father Alan played MLB.


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Mario Taurasi, father of Diana Taurasi, was a professional soccer goalie.



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PostPosted: 08/01/11 4:13 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Kristi Toliver's father, George Toliver, was an NBA referee



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PostPosted: 08/01/11 4:15 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

dtsnms wrote:
Can't believe no one mentioned Candice Wiggins, whose father Alan played MLB.


She was mentioned in the original post.



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PostPosted: 08/01/11 5:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Adia Barnes' father, Pete, played in the NFL.


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PostPosted: 08/01/11 5:52 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Nevermind, a name I missed in the original post.


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PostPosted: 08/01/11 6:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Tajama Abraham's father, Ralpha Abraham, was a professional basketball player, albeit not in the US.

Ryneldi Becenti's father, Raymond Becenti, played in traveling basketball tournaments hosted by various Indian Reservations.

Andrea Congreaves' father, Oscar Congreaves, was a track & field official and disqualified her twice in one track meet.

Tamecka Dixon's father, Boo Bowers, played professional basketball in Europe.

Mikiko Hagiwara's father, Yoshihiro, played professional baseball in Japan.

Eva Nemcova's father, Zdenek Nemec, competed in the 1960 Olympics in the discus.

Raegan Scott's father, Ray Scott, coached in the WBL after playing professionally in Europe.

Teresa Weatherspoon's father, Charles Weatherspoon Sr, played minor league baseball in the Twins organization.



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PostPosted: 08/01/11 7:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Well, not her father but certainly worth a mention:

"Laurens mother, who stands 6-2, played basketball for the Opals, Australias national womens team, beginning in 1974. She starred for Louisiana State University from 1976 to 1978, returning Down Under each year to join the Opals. Maree was so dominant a center during the late 1970s and early 80s that she was called the female Wilt Chamberlain."


http://www.jockbio.com/Bios/Jackson/Jackson_bio.html


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I don't think any one got Duke alum Iciss Tillis. Her dad James Tillis was a heavy weight pro boxer.



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PostPosted: 08/01/11 7:56 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

SeattleStormFan wrote:
Well, not her father but certainly worth a mention:

"Laurens mother, who stands 6-2, played basketball for the Opals, Australias national womens team, beginning in 1974. She starred for Louisiana State University from 1976 to 1978, returning Down Under each year to join the Opals. Maree was so dominant a center during the late 1970s and early 80s that she was called the female Wilt Chamberlain."


http://www.jockbio.com/Bios/Jackson/Jackson_bio.html

I think mothers should count too. This popped into my head when I saw the post about LJ's father (scanning to make sure it was included). Her mother should count as well. Wink



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PostPosted: 08/01/11 8:10 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Mothers should count as fathers?



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Rehema Stpehens' father, Dan Stephens, played minor league baseball in the Pirates organization.



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PostPosted: 08/01/11 8:46 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Kara Wolters' father, William, played professional basketball in Europe.



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PostPosted: 08/01/11 9:09 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Misty Bass father was Chubby Checker...... What? Don't you think the twist is a professional sport?


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PostPosted: 08/02/11 1:30 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
Mothers should count as fathers?

Funny. You're only literal when it suits you. Wink

I am interested in which mothers were athletically inclined as well. That's all.



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PostPosted: 08/02/11 5:12 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

norwester wrote:
Luuuc wrote:
Mothers should count as fathers?

Funny. You're only literal when it suits you. Wink

Correct. I will generally select whichever interpretation allows me to be a bigger pain in the butt.

norwester wrote:
I am interested in which mothers were athletically inclined as well. That's all.

Me too.

Actually this whole thread is just asking to be made into a big list that can be maintained as more players with notable parents join the league, because there are some pretty interesting connections here.



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PostPosted: 08/02/11 8:55 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Pam McGee and son JaVale.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2008/columns/story?page=080513-mcgee



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PostPosted: 08/02/11 9:10 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

If mothers count then Ticha Penicheiro and her illegimate child, Courtney Vandersloot both play in the WNBA now. Laughing



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Zuzi Klimesova's father, Vlastibor Klimes, played basketball for Czechoslovakia in the 1980 Olympics.



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PostPosted: 08/03/11 7:22 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

aryia11 wrote:
Misty Bass father was Chubby Checker...... What? Don't you think the twist is a professional sport?


Of course I do..... Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing



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Kaayla Chones father, Jim Chones, played 10 seasons in the NBA



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PostPosted: 08/03/11 7:45 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

JohnyK wrote:
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota's father Andris Jekabsons was a pro basketball player in Europe.


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Chandi Jones' father, David Jones, was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1974 but never made a roster.



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PostPosted: 08/05/11 5:53 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I don't think Natalie Williams is Nate Williams' daughter ... but I certainly could be wrong.



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PostPosted: 08/05/11 6:22 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ClayK wrote:
I don't think Natalie Williams is Nate Williams' daughter ... but I certainly could be wrong.


According to Natalie's WNBA bio profile, she is Nate's daughter.

http://www.wnba.com/playerfile/natalie_williams/bio.html

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* Father Nate Williams played in the NBA for eight seasons, with the Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City-Omaha Kings, New Orleans Jazz and the Golden State Warriors.


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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903639404576516691099307456.html

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This summer, the former Boston Celtics guard, who won the 1991 NBA slam dunk contest, came within a missed layup of losing to his eldest.

"I blew it," said Lexie Brown, one of the country's top girls high-school point guards. "I'll get him eventually."



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Brittany Chambers' father, Lance, played baseball in the Twins organization



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If and when Michigan State's Gary Harris makes the NBA, he'll be the first NBA player whose mother played in the WNBA - Joy Holmes Harris


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PostPosted: 05/06/13 10:20 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Capri wrote:
If and when Michigan State's Gary Harris makes the NBA, he'll be the first NBA player whose mother played in the WNBA - Joy Holmes Harris

Pam/JaVale McGee beat them to that one.



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Capri wrote:
If and when Michigan State's Gary Harris makes the NBA, he'll be the first NBA player whose mother played in the WNBA - Joy Holmes Harris


Nope. Pam McGee, formerly of LA & Sac, is the mother of JaVale McGee, current Nugget.

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If we're counting mothers, then Yolanda Griffith is the biological mother of Alicia DeVaughn.



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Maya Moore's father Mike Dabney was part of the Rutgers Final 4 men's team in the late 70s.


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If we're counting mothers, then Yolanda Griffith is the biological mother of Alicia DeVaughn.


Wouldn't they not count until Alicia plays in the WNBA, I haven't seen Maryland that much, not sure if she has what it takes.

But that would definitely cool, would they be the first biological mother/daughter to do that?



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GEF34 wrote:
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If we're counting mothers, then Yolanda Griffith is the biological mother of Alicia DeVaughn.


Wouldn't they not count until Alicia plays in the WNBA, I haven't seen Maryland that much, not sure if she has what it takes.

But that would definitely cool, would they be the first biological mother/daughter to do that?


I was just stretching the scope of this thread a little more. Wink

As far as DeVaughn goes, she's long, athletic, a good defender, and Maryland is a top program. My guess is that she'll be drafted. What round obviously depends on what DeVaughn does in her senior year. With Hawkins gone, she'll have an opportunity to make more of an impact.



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Isabelle Harrison's father, Dennis, played in the NFL.
Betnijah Laney's mother, Yolanda, was an All American at Cheyney under C Vivian Stringer
Amber Orrange's mother, Diana, competed at the 1996 Olympics in the Triple Jump



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Richyyy wrote:
Capri wrote:
If and when Michigan State's Gary Harris makes the NBA, he'll be the first NBA player whose mother played in the WNBA - Joy Holmes Harris

Pam/JaVale McGee beat them to that one.


Hoping for a Swoopes/Jackson combination to join the list in the future.


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Kiah Stokes father, Greg, played in the NBA for Philadelphia and Sacramento



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all these posts an no one mentioned Karl Malone and Cheryl Ford?



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