Sparks prepare for life after Leslie

Updated: May 11, 2010, 7:00 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- It's sinking in slowly even though it was planned and rehearsed a thousand times. Lisa Leslie announced her retirement from the WNBA before last season, giving everyone time to say goodbye before she finally hung up her high-tops and left the franchise she had been the face of since it was born.

There is no shock in her absence this season, but there is sentiment. Of the kind of player she was, of what she meant to the WNBA and the Sparks, of the kind of leader ...

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