1/22/20 LOS ANGELES, CA - One of the greatest defenders in WNBA history Alana Beard, was stepping down and retiring her sneakers after playing for the Los Angeles Sparks for eight years.
Beard helped the Sparks win their third WNBA Championship in 2016 against the Minnesota Lynx. She was is a four-time All-Star, back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018, and a five-time All-Defensive Team first team.
The Washington Mystics drafted Beard in 2004 in the second round and was the ACC Player of the Year three times. During her 14 seasons in the WNBA, she averaged 11.3 ppg, 3.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.7 steals.
In my fourteen-years covering the WNBA, I never saw a player in better shape and condition than Alana Beard. Her ability to out-think players on the court, and staying in front of players and taking offensive-charging from players, it's amazing she played for 14 seasons.
Her Jersey needs to be retired and hung up at the Staple Center with the rest of the geat Sparks players. At the bottom of this post is a very special photo gallery, "A Tribute to Alana Beard." All the photos are by photographers from T.G.Sportstv1 over the years of her career. We will miss you!! #WNBA,#ESPN, #LASparks, #AlanaBeard,#NBA,#Duke, #TGSportstv1,