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  • Place of birth : Poway
  • Date of birth : 1981

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Lindsay Taylor (1981)

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Lindsay Corine Taylor is an American professional basketball player and a former college player who has played in the Women's National Basketball Association , Turkish Women's Basketball League, Ligue Féminine de Basketball , the WKBL, Polish Women's League, and the Women's Chinese Basketball Association . Currently she plays in the Women's Chinese Basketball Association, on the Yunnan Qujing team for a second time.

In the WNBA she has played for four teams: the Houston Comets, Phoenix Mercury, Seattle Storm and the Washington Mystics. The last two of her terms in the WNBA were brief, with the second lasting only a week. In contrast to her short tenures in the WNBA, Taylor has enjoyed far greater success in Europe and Asia, especially in the Polish Women's League where she is known by her sobriquet Lindska and has achieved a level of recognition comparable to that of Lisa Leslie in the WNBA and the Women's Chinese Basketball Association . Taylor finished her first season in the Polish Women's League with the highest number of points scored, and her overall evaluation was the highest in the league. She was also awarded Center of the Year and earned a place on the 1st Team, All-Imports Team and the All-Defensive Team.

Taylor is renowned for her 6 ft and 8 in height, making her one of the tallest female athletes in the world. This has also made her the tallest player in the history of UC Santa Barbara women's basketball, and she is one of five players, including Liz Cambage, Katie Feenstra, Zheng Haixia and Maria Stepanova, who have tied for the second tallest person to ever play in the WNBA. The only player surpassing Taylor is the late Margo Dydek, at 7 ft 2 in . Taylor had quiped that because of her larger stature then other players she has what she describes "a bird's eye view of everything" on the court. Literally she can see over other players.

Taylor has been the subject of both criticism and praise. She has received criticism and potential doubts raised over her ability to be an effective center; the Washington Post criticised her and commented that she "cannot control her size" and that she often ends up "blocking her own players" in practice. In its Analysis of the prospected centers in the 2004 WNBA Draft, the Seattle Storm criticized Taylor scathing: "As long as Taylor could tie her shoes and walk without tripping on her own feet, she'd be a WNBA prospect." It also felt, she had not been an effective dominating force at UC Santa Barbara despite her great height and facing what it considered relatively weak Big West competition.<ref name="www.wnba.com/storm/news"> Supporters however point out her fluid coordination, speed and versatile mobility as being above excellent for someone of her stature and build. Others have pointed out and praised her unlimited potential on the court, natural talent, fast learning and her passing of the ball to other team players, something almost rare for other players of her height, as contributions of her effectiveness as a player.

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Lindsay Corine Taylor was born on May 20, 1981 in Poway, California, the daughter of Catherine and Bill Taylor. Her family later moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Taylor comes from a family of above-average height and claims she inherited her great height from her father who is 6 ft 11in . Her uncle, Ron, stands 7 ft 0in and is nicknamed "Tiny". She has an older sister, Roz, and a younger brother who unlike Lindsay, are just a little above average in height. Her grandmother, Helen Taylor , regularly wrote articles on the internet about Lindsay during her time playing for the UCSB Gauchos.

Taylor has expressed that there isn't a lot of advantages to being so tall, "only than you can use the top shelf in your cupboard without any problems." and she feels the biggest advantages are in sports where her prestigious height has afforded her advantages. She stated, “I feel I have a presence on the court. I hope I intimidate other people”. She finds shopping and the facilities of countries like Poland, such as toilets and baths, bothersome because they are not adequately suited for her height but does not experience the same problem in the US. Taylor is not afflicted with Marfan syndrome or any other kind of overgrowth syndrome, but instead she is simply extremely tall. She objects to being labeled lanky, but prefers to being called ‘slender’ instead.

Taylor was not involved in sports until she was fifteen. She had originally planned on playing in her school's marching band, but her closest friends, who played basketball, convinced her to start playing the game. She said she picked it up naturally." Lindsay has said that if it were not for basketball, her desires may have led her to a different career. In the first game she played in high school, she accidentally scored for the opposite team.

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