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By Jenni Carlson Modified: March 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm •  Published: March 27, 2010
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/> JC: Sherri was asked about all the nice things that you were saying, and I kind of got the feeling like they were surprised, like you don’t like them very much.

KL: You get that a lot from coaches. It’s kind of like as a player, you remember all the negative things that a coach said to you. If someone says five or six positive things, those kind of roll off your back, but the negative thing will kind of stick with you. That’s OK. That’s the nature of what we do.

JC: You’re doing TV stuff, but the start of WNBA preseason isn’t far off. How do you balance everything?

KL: It’s definitely a lot of discipline. I worked out this morning. Now I am just doing work, ESPN work. Then I’ll go back and work out again. This time of year, the biggest thing for me is my energy level, making sure I’m sleeping enough, make sure that I’m eating the right things because those are long hours on the set. Sixteen hours on Saturday and Sunday to open up the tournament. The second round is long as well. It’s a drain mentally because your brain has to be on all the time. There’s so much information ... that we have to digest. It’s actually harder to turn my brain off at night to where I’m not just laying awake thinking.

JC: Sixteen hours on the set might make you wish for, I don’t know, a Pat Summitt practice or something.

KL: You know what? No one would ever believe me ... but I was so sore (Wednesday). I’m walking around like, "Why am I so sore?” It was from sitting on the set. It was crazy.

JC: You need to get a treadmill or something and walk while you’re watching games.

KL: We stand. We remind each other to stand. We try to not be in just that seated position. Every year, you think you know how to conquer it, and every year, it just wipes you.

ESPN analyst and Connecticut Sun guard

Former Tennessee standout