lobo_big.jpgThe Basics
Age and occupation. How long have you lived here, where did you come from, and where do you live now?
Unlike most New Yorkers, I don't lie about my age. I'm 30 years old. After retiring from the WNBA in September, I focused on my career as a TV commentator and "Special Advisor" to the WNBA. (I asked them for the title "Basketball Guru" but that was already taken.) I grew up in Massachusetts, went to school in Connecticut and live in CT now. My husband and I have an apartment in NYC. I've lived in the city off and on since 1997.

Three-Pointer
1. Women's basketball has come a long way but I think the game is still missing its Shaquille O'Neil or Michael Jordan. What's it going to take to propel the WNBA to the next level?
Without mothering a bunch of children in different cities, the women can get closer to the excitement of the NBA when Diana Taurasi takes the court this season. She's a great player with a flamboyant personality who will bring the league the attention it needs.

2. You're married to a well-known writer for Sports Illustrated (whose name escapes me now) so what's life at home like?
Since he makes me call him "King Wordsmith" when we're home, his name occasionally escapes me too. When watching TV, Steve (Rushin) will comment on the jackasses playing sports and I'll talk about the jackasses in the media asking the dumb questions. It's a marriage made in heaven.

3. Do women ballers talk trash on the court like the guys do? Please provide examples.
The women don't really talk trash. In my experience, the dumber the athlete -- the more they talk. However, Lauren Jackson did get a lot of attention when she ripped out Lisa Leslie's hair extension in the 2000 Olympics.

Proust-Krucoff Questionnaire
9pm, Wednesday - what are you doing?
I'm probably at a movie somewhere on the Upper West Side. I'm holding a diet Pepsi, fighting with my husband for a sliver of armrest and trying to get some kernels of popcorn while Steve attacks it -- piranha like. Inevitably, there's a large large man sitting in the seat in front of me who likes to recline violently into my knees while passing gas with impunity. Then, as the lights go down, a baby cries. Gotta love movies in the City.

What's your New York motto?
Do you deliver?

Best celebrity sighting in New York, or personal experience with one if you're that type.
Bill Clinton was at a Liberty game with his wife when the TV folks asked him why he was there. He said, "I'm here to see my good friend Rebecca Lobo." I was interested to hear that I had a good friend in high places. (I had run with President Clinton a few years earlier and rode on Air Force One as well.) Of course, I've also met Tek from the Real World (Hawaii) but I thought this would be more impressive.

Describe that low, low moment when you thought you just might have to leave NYC for good.
The day the New York Liberty TOLD me to leave NYC for good by trading me to Houston. My feelings were assuaged by Regis Philbin in a restaurant that afternoon when he told me, "We're going to miss you Lobo."

Just after midnight on a Saturday - what are you doing?
I'm sitting in a booth at the Emerald Inn on Columbus (at 69th) and sipping my Miller Lite while listening to my husband and his SI buddies tell the same four stories over and over and....

Finish one of the four following sentences:
4) "It was 11:25, I just got off the L and there's a naked Crispin Glover lookalike in the cop booth..."
I walked over to my husband and told him to get dressed, it was time to go home.

Where do you summer?
I don't summer but I do know Summer Sanders and I played with Summer Erb.

Who do you consider to be the greatest New Yorker of all-time?
George Plimpton was the greatest New Yorker. I met him at a dinner a few months before he died and he made fun of the pompous speeches and the pompous people. He was a charming man. Now, my goal is to throw "Plimptonian" parties where all our friends gather to drink and talk high-brow while swirling brandy in our snifters. Or sniff brandy in our swirlers.

What was your best dining experience in NYC?
When I first moved to the city in 1997, I'd never eaten sushi. A few friends took me to NoBu for my indoctrination. Now I can't imagine a diet without spicy tuna or California rolls. NoBu remains the best sushi I've had.

Just how much do you really love New York?
I love it enough to never wear a t-shirt that says, "I heart NY".

What happened the last time you went to L.A.?
What didn't happen my last time in LA? I was there for NBA All-Star and was shut out of the players party, approached by a PETA protester who said she moonlighted as a "porn star", and brought back to reality when meeting Rob Burnett. I also sipped a beverage at the Sky Bar while Derek Jeter and Christina Aguilera were stopped at the door (by the fire marshalls).

Medication: What and how much do you take?
I take a multi-vitamin once a day. I guess that proves I'm not a full-time New Yorker.

Of all the movies made about (or highly associated with) New York, what role would you have liked to be cast in?
I'd be Meg Ryan's character in "You've Got Mail" just so I could smack myself in the face and then turn to Tom Hanks and make him apologize to moviegoers for the worst line in movie history... "Don't cry Shopgirl. Don't cry."

If you could change one thing about New York, what would it be?
I wouldn't allow any cars in the city. The streets would be for pedestrians only. No car horns, no rude taxi-drivers, no lazy folks riding in a cab for a couple blocks. Aah, it'd be heaven.

The End of The World is finally happening. Be it the Rapture, War of Armageddon, reversal of the Sun's magnetic field, or the Red Sox win the World Series. What are you going to do with your last 24 hours in NYC?
I'm from Massachusetts. I'd celebrate the Red Sox winning the World Series while watching Steinbrenner race to the closest place of worship hoping to save his soul.


Rebecca has a blog-style feature on NBA.com called, The World According To Me.