Get to Know Ana Dabovic

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Do you have a role model, someone who inspired you to pursue your basketball career? If so, who is it and how did they inspire you?

I come from a basketball family. My father is a coach in Serbia and my oldest sister, was a great player, my other sister, Milica, plays in France on the National Team with me and my brother also plays in Serbia. There was never really a question of what I wanted to do with my life! My family members have always been great role models; giving me the right advice and being people I could watch and learn from.

How old were you when you first started playing basketball?

I was so young I cant event remember when it all began. My family often says that I learned to dribble before I learned to walk!

You’re new to the WNBA – what are you most looking forward to this season?

The WNBA will be a new experience, and I am very excited for the challenge. I will try to approach this season like I approach all of my seasons. First, I want to be the best I can; next I always want to learn and continue to get better and finally I want to help the team reach our goals. Overall, I really want to enjoy every moment.

Do you have a WNBA player you’re excited to play against?

I am more excited about players that I will play with! I respect the talent of every player and team in the WNBA and I am sure that every game will be a great experience for me.

What do you know about LA, or what are you looking forward to exploring in LA?

I have heard really great things about LA. I am from a town on the Adriatic Sea, so I am looking forward to the weather and spending some time at the beach. I also want to explore the city and experience a new place.

What are you most excited about this season?

Playing with and against the best players in the world.

What do you feel you will bring to the Sparks organization?

I plan to bring a positive, fun outlook to the team and to use my talent to help the team however I can.

Tell us one thing that you’ve done in the past year or so that surprised you?

Everyone who knows me knows how much I love sweets! But, this past summer I ate an entirely raw vegan diet as part of my off-season training.

What are you most proud of?

I am very proud of the family, friends and the people I have around me. I am also proud of my positive outlook and ability to accept every experience, even hard ones, as an opportunity to learn.

What would Sparks fans be surprised to know about you?

Even my best friend is still surprised that I can eat an entire cake by myself! More seriously, people that know me well are always surprised that I always try to see the positive in every situation.

If you could hold a dinner party for any three people in the world – past or present – whom would you invite?

Roger Federer, Robin Sharma and my sister, Jelica.

What advice would you give your younger self that you would like to pass on to young athletes?

I think that loving what you do and doing what you love is the most important thing in life. And, of course, enjoy doing it.

Until now, what has been the highlight of your basketball career?

I am very proud of the achievements of my national team. We started off in qualifications, finished 4th in the European Championships and qualified and competed in the World Championship. I think there is no greater honor than playing for my country. I am also proud of winning the 2013 – 2014 EuroCup!

What does the WNBA mean to you?

Playing in the WNBA means a lot to me. It is the best league in the world and it is an honor to be a part of it. I think I have put a lot of work, commitment and love into basketball and as a result, I have an opportunity to play in the WNBA.