|Murdering the game, at all times, is Maya.|
Despite my limited women’s basketball knowledge, I am well aware of who Maya Moore is.
As I walked into a Manhattan hotel to interview Moore, I was admittedly feeling a little anxious. It’s not everyday that you get to meet one of the greatest basketball players in the world, as well as someone who would undoubtedly leave my ego shattered after a game of one-on-one. As we sat down for breakfast, I was immediately impressed by her laid back demeanor, infectious personality and approachability…I mean, this is arguably the best women’s player on the face of the earth, so she would have every right to be a little big headed and dismissive of a lowly writer such as myself. But that wasn’t the case.
Maya’s humility and self awareness were evident. She even cleaned up after herself when she was done with her meal instead of waiting for our server. In the short time I spent with her, it was obvious that she was grounded and knew that she wouldn’t be in the position she is in today without the help, guidance and support of other players, coaches and her inner circle.
Over the past four years, Maya has become someone many young people look up to, but this is nothing new to her. This has been a role she has embraced before she ever reached superstardom, when strong values resonated during her childhood: “I’ve always considered myself a role model. Part of that is from how I grew up. I was an only child, but I grew up with a lot of extended family and young cousins around me so I was always like the big sister.
Even when something wasn’t my fault, it was my fault: ‘You should know better.’ You have to set the example for the younger kids, so it’s something that I’ve had naturally from growing up. I knew that I needed something to look up to and I had the WNBA, I had college, I had access to a lot of older players I looked up to. I love being someone for both young girls and boys to look up to.”
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