Chamique Holdsclaw's good jeans
In the Pro's Questionnaire, our favorite sports figures take an abridged version of the most famous personality test, the Proust Questionnaire. Six-time WNBA All-Star and forward for the San Antonio Silver Stars Chamique Holdsclaw is next. She's talking about her giant closet, orange soda habit and admiration for the Williams sisters.
Your idea of happiness:
CH: Living life. Having peace of mind and knowing that my family is OK. Also doing what I want to do.
Your idea of misery:
CH: Waking up every day and hating your job or not being able to do what you love. Being around people who don't allow you to grow.
If not yourself, who would you want to be?
CH: Oprah. She has built an empire, helped so many people and transformed lives. She has so much success and keeps on giving.
Your favorite food/drink:
CH: Curried chicken. I don't drink a lot of soda but, when I do, I like orange soda.
Knicks or Nets in 2012?
CH: I roll with the Knicks. Since I can remember basketball, I've been a Knicks fan. The Nets in Brooklyn will take a while to grow on people in New York.
What you hate most:
CH: Gossip. We all hear it. When people come and tell me stuff about someone, I don't want to hear it. I don't want to hear it until it comes out of that person's mouth.
The natural talent you'd like to be gifted with:
CH: I'd like to be able to sing and dance, maybe like Janet Jackson. I like Usher, too. I'm really into music, and I love to follow their music.
Your greatest fear:
CH: Losing my parents. When that day comes, that's a big fear. I fear death in general.
Your greatest extravagance:
CH: Jeans. I probably have 75 to 80 pairs of jeans. I'm not buying them as much anymore, but I'm always the one saying, "I don't have anything to wear." I like raw denim jeans and True Religion.
Most treasured possession:
CH: Picture of my grandmother who passed away. She raised me. The picture goes everywhere with me. When I go overseas to play, the picture sits by my bed.
Are you in the wrong sport?
CH: I used to play tennis growing up, and now I look at Venus and Serena Williams and what they are doing and I think I should have stuck with tennis. I really enjoyed it, I know I would have been pretty good if I took it as seriously as basketball. But in the inner city you are kind of pushed toward basketball.
How do you handle adversity?
CH: In college Coach [Pat] Summit used to tell us, tough times don't last but tough people do. When times are hard and you prevail it helps your character. I always think of my coach when I go through tough times.