With her monumental WNBA career coming to a close, Tamika Catchings is looking forward to her next big role — motherhood. The basketball superstar tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that retirement won’t be boring, because she and her husband will be busy running after little ones!
This is a big year for Tamika Catchings, 36. Not only is she adjusting to life as a newlywed, but she just released her first book, “Catch A Star”, and it’s a must-read. HollywoodLife.com caught up with the Indiana Fever star who revealed what’s her next big endeavor after she retires from the WNBA at the end of the season.
With her long career as a professional basketball player winding down, we just had to ask, what’s next for Tamika? “Honestly, I don’t know what’s next,” Tamika tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “I just got married, I want have a family, kids… Looking at this year, and what we’re focusing on, is my foundation — the Catch the Stars foundation.”
“That is definitely something AFTER the season. I’ve been instructed by my fans that I can not, or will not, get pregnant during the season. We are trying to figure out when we will have kids. I want to have my own and I also want to adopt too.”
Do you want your future kids to play ball?
“I’d definitely push them into playing sport. Specifically basketball, not so much. The great thing about my parents was they didn’t push us to play basketball, they pushed us to play sports in general. Basketball was just the one for me personally that I ended up loving the most.”
Did you miss out on anything in your childhood being so focused on sport?
“No I don’t think I missed out on anything. I think nowadays it’s different. I think in the area I grew up in, with social media that has taken over, it’s affecting our youth in a huge way. Because we didn’t have social media or so many gaming machines, we were always outside playing sports. Everyone on the block would play. We’d rush home, do our homework and then get out and play till the street lights came on.”
Advice for young girls who want to play professionally?
“Be committed. I would say you set a goal, you have a dream, but then you have to work for it. I think with a lot of young people there’s almost an expectation. The big thing growing up was you have to work hard. There’s only 12 teams, if every kid wants to play in the WNBA there’s not enough spots to play. So you have to work very hard. What sets you apart from the next person? How hard are you willing to work? How many sacrifices are you willing to sacrifice? How committed to the game are you?”
Broadcasting after basketball?
“I think I will still do something within the WNBA family. I did an internship at the offices, so I kinda let everyone know that I’m really interested in player development. Not just on the court, but off the court. What it takes to be a professional? I hope that I’ve been respected enough in the game for people to be able to respect any advice I’d be able to give.”
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