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Lisa Leslie Has More Respect for Other Parents

07/23/2008 at 03:00 PM ET

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WNBA star Lisa Leslie is heading back to the Olympics for the fourth time as part of the U.S. Basketball Team, but one thing is different this time — the 36-year-old is mom to daughter Lauren Jolie, 13 months.  The birth of Lauren did add some challenges for Lisa who admitted that "training’s been very hard, very different from any other time, obviously, since having the baby, but I feel really great."

Training isn’t the only thing that motherhood has changed about the Los Angeles Sparks’ center, who admits she has learned to be "more respectful of other parents" and says she now "sees the world so differently, even just going to public restrooms."

Wherever I see other moms with their babies I’m always like, "Do you need help? Do you need a hand?" You’re more mindful of other people who have babies.

Since Lauren is always "waving at other babies" Lisa shared that they often go "up to other babies now" to chat.  So much in fact, that Lisa now feels like she is in "that mom group or the soccer mom group, so to speak."

Lauren is the first child for Lisa and her husband, pilot Michael Lockwood.

Source: NBC Olympics; Photo by Flynet.

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