I Follow: Rebecca Lobo

ESPN's WNBA analyst Rebecca Lobo

Editor’s note: I Follow is all about ESPN employees on Twitter: what they tweet, whom they follow and how you can interact socially with anyone and everyone.

Rebecca Lobo starred in the WNBA as a member of the New York Liberty from 1997-2001.

Twitter handle: @RebeccaLobo
Following: 89
Followers: 22,266
(As of 05/16/12)

ESPN women’s basketball analyst and reporter Rebecca Lobo joined ESPN in 2004 after a stellar career as a charter member of the WNBA and as a National Champion and All-American with the University of Connecticut, and U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist.

Lobo will call the upcoming WNBA season, which begins on ESPN networks this Sunday, May 20, at 12:30 p.m. ET on ABC as the Phoenix Mercury visit the defending WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx.

She shared her experiences in the Twitterverse with Front Row.

Who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
My husband [author and SI.com columnist] Steve Rushin (@Steverushin). He is quite entertaining in 140 characters or less. I’m encouraging him to speak that way at home, too.

You tweet about your kids and your travels a lot: Do each provide you with constant material?
They provide me with the most interesting material. Ridiculous stuff happens when I travel. It used to annoy me, now it at least makes for decent tweet fodder.

Was there anyone you were surprised about that follows you?
I’m not aware of who most of my followers are. When I first joined Twitter, I used a new email address and password and have forgotten both — so I don’t get updates when someone new follows me. I am surprised how much people enjoy telling me that they have unfollowed me, though.

With the 2012 Olympic Games this summer – can you reflect on your time with the Olympic Team and winning a Gold Medal? Also, how will the month-long break affect the season and both the players in the Olympic Games and the ones that remain stateside?
Winning an Olympic gold medal is like nothing else. There is great pride in playing for your country and I got the added joy of watching the U.S.A. flag being raised and the national anthem being played at an Olympics in the United States [Atlanta 1996].

The month long break doesn’t have a horrible impact on the season. The key is to try and capitalize on the momentum and attention that women’s basketball gets during the games when the league resumes play after the break. The players who remain stateside have a great opportunity to get involved in their communities and build relationships with their fans. Teams just hope that their players participating in the Olympic Games stay healthy. A few years back, Seattle’s Lauren Jackson got hurt during the Olympics and could not play for the Storm after the break. That was obviously a significant negative effect that the Olympics had for the Storm.

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