Sylvia Fowles makin’ bank in Russia

Insight into Fowles’ personality:

“But I like being by myself. I draw. I didn’t think I would enjoy being by myself this much.”


Fowles never won a national championship with the Lady Tigers — her college career ended with her hurling her mouthpiece in the stands in frustration after LSU fell to archrival Tennessee in the final seconds of the national semifinal in 2008 — but every season she was there the team went to the Final Four.


At the Beijing Olympics, Fowles’ radiant personality — she has a penchant for hugging friends and well-wishers — along with her excellent play made her a striking figure. Back in Baton Rouge, when the opening ceremonies were being aired at a favorite haunt of the LSU athletic community near campus, a cheer went up when “Big Syl” was shown soaking in the spectacle half-a-world away.

Big Syl is also making about $700,000. Not freakin bad.