Getting to Know Elena Delle Donne

Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be and why?

A: That’s a tough one. No negativity.

Q: What made an impact on you in your youth?

A: I would just have to say my parents, by far, made the biggest impact on me.

Q: As a player in the WNBA, how would you like to impact the future of women’s basketball and where do you see it going?

A: Definitely want to make the game grow so the younger girls won’t have to go overseas and we can just have our league here.

Q: Who inspires you?

A: My sister.

Q: If you could have dinner with one person who would it be and why?

A: Ellen DeGeneres. I just think she’s hilarious and a really good person.

Q: What do you want to be remembered for?

A: Just giving back and being a really good person.

Q: Who inspires you in women’s basketball?

A: I would have to say it was Sheryl Swoopes. 

Q: What is your favorite book or author?

A: Angel Unaware is my favorite book.

Q: If you weren’t a basketball player what would you be?

A: Special Education teacher.

Q: What is your favorite holiday?

A: Christmas.

Q: What other sport would you play besides basketball?

A: Volleyball or rowing. I’ve found a new passion for rowing in the off-season.

Q: Why did you start playing basketball?

A: I wanted to be like my brother and then I loved it.

Q: If you were to start your own team, who would your starting five be and who would your head coach be? Men, women, past current: anybody.

A: Michael Jordan, I’ll play on it too. Pippen, Magic Johnson, and LeBron James should be on it. No, no: Kobe. Phil Jackson would be the coach.

Q: What does the Sky mean to you?

A: I mean the Sky is my family. It’s my second family.

Q: If you were a Disney princess who would you be?

A: Mulan. Definitely. I want to say Elsa though because she’s my favorite.

Q: What was your main emphasis for improvement over the offseason? How do you feel you improved the most?

A: Well my biggest thing was trying to get healthy. I was sick offseason and my back was hurt so I had to fix both of those and I think the biggest improvement was strength training and getting my core stronger.

Q: What were some of the things that you did that helped you do that?
A: I had a really good trainer, strength coach. We did circuit training. Just really up-tempo lifts and a lot more things with body control and then on-court stuff that I’ve always done with my basketball trainer.

Q: That adversity last season with getting sick and your back, how do you think that shaped you as a player?

A: Just showed me that there is always going to be ups and downs in sports but if you get through the down moments you can really do some incredible things and find out a lot about yourself.

Q: What would you say your biggest goal for this season is?
A: Win a WNBA championship.

Q: What are you looking forward to the most?

A: Just competing and getting the games started and I’m really excited about this young team. We also have Cappie here now and she’s a veteran and it’s so nice to have that presence here. It’s just fun to compete alongside your teammates.

Q: What do you think your biggest challenge this year is going to be?

A: It’s always hard to predict that right now. Last season I never could have predicted what was going to happen. I’m sure were going to face a lot of adversity. Maybe our youth we might struggle a little bit but I think we have a good enough leadership to bring our youth a long way.