Sparks to retire Lisa Leslie's jersey

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Sparks are retiring Lisa Leslie's No. 9 jersey.

The team said a ceremony will be held at halftime of its game against Indiana on Tuesday at Staples Center.

Leslie led the Sparks to consecutive WNBA championships in 2001 and '02. She retired after last season. She was a three-time league MVP, and was MVP of the finals both years the Sparks won.

She will become the second player in Sparks history to have her jersey retired, joining Penny Toler, now the team's general manager.

Now 38, Leslie is a mother of two and does TV commentary on the Sparks. On Sunday, the Sparks' Tina Thompson surpassed Leslie as the WNBA's career scoring leader.