Tamika Catchings took a podium position for Best Local Athlete in NUVO's 2015 Best Of Indy Voting, along with some dudes who play football or something. Catchings — who plans on retiring after the 2016 season — spent her entire WNBA career with the Indiana Fever after a stellar college run at Tennessee. Catchings has been a WNBA All-Star 10 times and was named series MVP after the Fever beat the Minnesota Lynx for the WNBA championship in 2012. Our Brian Weiss caught up with Catchings as she was practicing for the 2015 WNBA Finals. The Fever, alas, lost to the Lynx in 5 games.
Who's your favorite local athlete?
Right now — DA, Dwayne Allen
Favorite local radio station?
How about your favorite radio personality?
It's not 96.3 but Michael Grady, 1070 The Fan. (Editor's note: Grady's also done quite a bit of courtside PA announcing for the Fever and the Pacers.)
Favorite place to grab a bite to eat?
(With absolutely no hesitation) Slippery Noodle.
What are you getting?
Grilled cheese on wheat bread, swiss and cheddar cheese french fries.
Night out on the town, where are you going?
See a movie — Studio Grill.
What would you want to see?
I'd go back and see War Room.
What's your favorite outdoor or "green" space in Indy?
I like Downtown and the Canal.
If you've got visitors coming to town, where do you take them to show off Indy?
Bankers Life [Fieldhouse]. (Another note: Yeah, I showed my mom where I worked, too.)
You played for years with Coach Lin Dunn. What's your favorite Lin Dunn quote or story?
My favorite story was when she was talking about one of the refs having her panties in a wad during a game.
And your favorite WNBA moment?
Winning a championship.