Jasmine Lee

Height: 6' 2"
College: Memphis
Birth Place: Bessemer, Alabama
  • Groomed to be a head coach, Smith takes over Liberty

    You might be able to trace this moment -- Katie Smith's being named head coach of the New York Liberty -- all the way back to late July 2005. Smith was the best player for a Minnesota Lynx team mired in mediocrity at the time, and then-Detroit coach Bill Laimbeer thought she would be a really good addition to his team. Smith, by contrast, wasn't sure about that at all. "That kind of rocked my world a little bit," Smith said Monday of the in-season trade 12 years ago that sent her to the Shock. "I thought I'd be a Lynx for life. I really questioned how I'd fit in [at Detroit]. They had such talent." She finished the 2005 season with the Shock, and then that offseason began to build a bond with