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June 12, 4:30 PM ET
Chat with Kara Lawson

Buzzmaster
  (4:29 PM)

Kara's here!

DID YOU GET THAT (USA)

Have any other former members of the Vols pledged to join you cause?

Kara Lawson
  (4:31 PM)

I don't think so, not that I know of. If they have, they haven't informed me. Right now, I think I'm the only player that's doing something who is currently playing in the WNBA. I know another former player, who is a coach, she's pledged $50 for every SEC win next year.

brian (ct)

U. Look in better shape this year ..did u have a different training routine in the off season?

Kara Lawson
  (4:32 PM)

I think it's just a combination of things for me. For one, any athlete will tell you, the most important thing is your health. If you're banged up or coming off injury, it's a challenge. For me, I've been coming off of injuries and rehabbing. When you're doing that, you're trying to get back to normal. When you're healthy, you're trying to get better than that. Just being healthy is probably the biggest reason. I trained hard this offseason. But being able to train hard was the most important thing.

Jen (Springfield, VA)

You and Pat Summitt are extremely close. How has her diagnosis and retirement affected you?

Kara Lawson
  (4:34 PM)

Even as I've left Tennesse, I've remained close to Coach Summitt and talk to her on a regular basis. Working with ESPN, I keep an eye on them. My husband and I try to get down there once a year. How her diagnosis has affected me, of course I feel bad. The way she works, she is always trying to help other people. Now we're trying to help her. The Connecticut Sun is matching me with every three I make this year, by donating $50. The Mohegan Tribe has matched that too, so it will be $150 total.

John (CT)

Who's the hardest person to guard in the wnba? Who is the most fun to watch?

Kara Lawson
  (4:35 PM)

I would probably say Tamika Catchings. Because of her activity. She never takes a play off. You have to account for her every second of every possession. She goes to the glass. She has versatility. She creates matchup problems.

kevin (macon ga)

You have been playing mostly at point guard this season. Are you more comfortable at the one or at the two?

Kara Lawson
  (4:36 PM)

I've always been most comfortable at the one. I've played the one my whole life until I got to the WNBA when I was forced to play a new position at the two. But I've always been most comfortable playing point guard.

A.C (Toronto)

How did the team improved from last year?

Kara Lawson
  (4:37 PM)

I think we've just had individuals that have come back better. That's the first step of becoming a better team. You try to refine your skills and get better. Players on our team have come back and there's a visible difference in their games. It's gotten us off to a good start. It's so early in the season still. We've had a pretty good amount of home games. I think the jury is still out on us in terms of how good are we. When you get challenged on the road and challenged with multiple games in a short period of time, that's when you find out how tough you are and if you have staying power in the league.

soul (sacramento)

How does it feel being a national champion with the monarchs, who will always exist in my heart, and coming to a point where you are hungry again to be a national champion with another team? Is the feeling mutual like with the monarchs or would it be different?

Kara Lawson
  (4:39 PM)

I love Sacramento! I miss Sacramento. It was a great place to be a professional athlete, specifically a basketball player. It's a town that has a great knowledge and support and love for the team and the game. When you're in that environment with fans who love the game, it's a special place. That's the only championship that city has. It was great to be a part of that special team in '05.

Melissa (Sacramento)

Hi Kara! Miss having a team, but am a huge fan of the league. I travel to see live games, heading out to PHX to watch Brunson on Friday. It seems like the players are getting better and more physical as each Season begins. Is that your on the court perspective and what do you suggest to gain more fans? Best Wishes! Melissa

Kara Lawson
  (4:40 PM)

More physical, I don't know. Physicality is sometimes more a stylistic thing. Certain teams tend to be more physical than others. I don't know if that's an evolution, I think that's a style you play. I will say the athleticism of the league has improved, at least in the decade that I've been here. The quality of athlete coming out of college now is different than when I was a rookie.

Idalia (Texas)

Hi. My question is what do you do in your spare time?

Kara Lawson
  (4:43 PM)

I don't know. I'll let you know when I have some. It's a burn it on both ends type of deal. When you play professional sports, it's not a seasonal occupation. It's not something you turn off in the winter and put it in a storage bin and open it in April. Even if I'm in the offseason for basketball, I still have to dedicte multiple hours a day for training. With my ESPN role, you still have to put time in, you're always watching basketball. You're watching the NBA playoffs, WNBA games, you're watching film. You're taking physical and mental notes to try and better your knowledge and bring a diverse perspective. If I do get some down time, the one thing I like to do is stay where I am. I travel so much for my jobs, the last thing I want to do is travel when I have some time off.

Ian (Ny)

What were your impressions of Brittney Griner when you played with her in the USA training camp last year?

Kara Lawson
  (4:44 PM)

She is as unique a player as I've shared a court with in my career. She has very good instincts. She creates a different set of problems. A dilemma for you, at least for me as a perimeter player. You're trying to get into the lane to create scoring opportunities but she limits the plays you can make the passes you can make, because of her athleticism and height. That's something that I have never played against before. She showed great improvement over the course of the camp.

Mel (CT)

what kind of team do you think the Sun will have this year?

Kara Lawson
  (4:46 PM)

We're hopeful that we're a playoff team. That's our first goal, qualify for the playoffs. We did that a year ago. Our next goal would be to win a series, we were knocked out in the first round last year. I've never been a "we're going to be a championship team this year" person. As a group you want to get better and you're putting it together at the right time. We want to peak at that time of year. Hopefully we're a team that is peaking and has a shot at a championship.

Kara Lawson
  (4:46 PM)

Thanks for all of the questions. I enjoyed it.