Cappie Pondexter has enjoyed a professional basketball career many girls strive for.
The 5-foot-9 guard out of Rutgers has played six years in the WNBA and has been one of the league's best players each season. Her best scoring output came in 2010, her first year with the New York Liberty. That season, she averaged 21.4 points per game and hit a career-best 43 percent of her 3-point shots.
Pondexter was so determined to make the WNBA that when she was in high school in Chicago, she had a WNBA logo tattooed on her arm with the word "The Future" above it. True to her ink, she's now one of the league's best players.
Recently, Pondexter answered questions for iHoops.com on the day-to-day responsibilities of being a professional basketball player. Her answers are below:
What does it take to be a successful professional basketball player?
It takes hard work, commitment and a lot of passion.
What kind of sacrifices do you make to have a WNBA career?
The biggest is not being able to be around family and missing vacations.
What's a typical game day like for a WNBA player? What's a typical off day like?
On game days, I wake up and go to shootaround, eat a good meal, taking a nap then shower and listen to gospel music on the way to the arena.
On off days, I get treatment on any injuries and relax. I might head into the city to shop around and see what's happening in the stores, or lay low and watch a movie.
What do you eat on a typical game day? What do you eat on a typical off day in the season? What do you make sure to keep in mind as far as nutrition goes?
I don't like to feel and eat heavy before games, If I can get a Subway sandwich that's the most amazing thing ever. If I can't get that, the chef will cook pasta or chicken.
What is the toughest shot to defend? Who's the best at shooting that shot? What are different ways to defend a player with an "unguardable" offensive move?
Diana Taurasi is the toughest, her release is so quick and can shoot from so deep. It's hard to figure out where to stop her because she can drive too. Just stay aggressive and give it your all, your best. Whatever happens, happens.