Teresa Edards in her Atlanta Glory days, relaxing in the locker room before a game against the Seattle Reign on February 13, 1997. AJC file
Photo: AJC file
Photo: AJC file

Teresa Edwards: Georgian a pioneer in USA basketball

Teresa Edwards nailed a bike rim to a pine tree to create her first basketball goal.

It was there, in her grandmother’s front yard with her brother, where the future hall-of-famer’s basketball journey began.

“We thought we were at Madison Square Garden without knowing Madison Square Garden,” Edwards told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “That’s where I learned to shoot.”

ABOVE: Edwards signing basketballs at the 28th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to Benefit The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York City in 2013. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis)

“Sharing the energy it takes to excel, sharing the energy it takes to grab a big rebound, get up the court, in a fast break,” Edwards said. “Those things are beautiful to share right now. It seems like it took me a while to get here, and I think it took me a while to get here because I held on to playing for so long.”

She travels back to Georgia and Cairo every chance she gets. Her mother still lives there and her brothers live nearby. It’s the only place she considers home and a place she’s proud of.

“Cairo, hey,” Edwards said to close out her Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame induction speech in 2011. “We’re in the hall of fame, baby.”

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