This past weekend at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, Chicago Sky guard Elena Delle Donne played in her first WNBA All-Star game. Photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice tagged along for a behind-the-scenes look into the life of one of the league’s best ballers.
8:04AM Waiting to do an ESPN SportsCenter interview in the Mohegan Sun Arena.
8:19AM Make-up call before the interview.
8:28AM I missed the shot.
8:37AM Relaxing back in my hotel room.
8:39AM Due to my Lyme Disease, I take handful of supplements and medications every day.
8:40AM Yes, my room was a mess.
8:47AM Amanda, my assistant and Director of the De11eDonne Academy, shares a funny video.
11:58AM Me and my Eastern Conference teammates gather for pre-game activities.
12:03PM Joking around, we were relaxed before the game.
12:18PM Angel McCoughtry and I discuss the East All-Star jerseys.
12:32PM Cappie Pondexter, my Chicago Sky and Eastern Conference teammate, and I get our ankles taped.
1:07PM It was great to be hanging out in the locker room with my fellow East All-Stars for the first time in my career.
1:08PM Stef Dolson for sure takes the funniest teammate award!
1:11PM Passing an inspirational message leaving the locker room for the team photo.
1:15PM Lining up for the photo.
1:26PM In the West team locker room to practice my game introduction with Maya Moore.
2:10pm Killing more time waiting for the game to begin.
3:41PM Running out!
3:41PM Maya and I ham it up during introductions.
4:15PM Waiting to enter the game.
4:25PM Us players were competitive but also made sure to have some fun.
4:45PM High-fiving the fans.
5:21PM Me and my teammates cheer from the bench in the final minutes of the game.
5:45PM Giving an autograph to a young fan before heading to the locker room. I love my fans.
5:47PM Back to the locker room after the game. Final: Western Conference, 117. Eastern Conference, 112. What an honor to be a part of an incredible weekend.