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Sparks' Leslie unsure of return

LOS ANGELES - Lisa Leslie is unsure whether she'll return to the slumping Los Angeles Sparks this season after giving birth last month.

The three-time WNBA MVP left 3 1/2 -week-old daughter Lauren for the first time Wednesday to attend the ESPY Awards and present a national high school athlete of the year award.

Leslie has remained on the team's roster as an inactive player, despite initially saying she would skip the season because of her first pregnancy.

"I just don't know what I'm capable of because I didn't know I was going to have a caesarian versus a natural birth," she said. "I'm not in shape at all, so to go from zero to trying to play real basketball, I have no idea."

Leslie said she expects to get cleared by her doctor to resume working out in two weeks.

In the meantime, she is getting used to the demands of motherhood.

"The nights are probably the most difficult time. I didn't realize I have to wake up at 12, and 3 and 6 to feed my baby," she said.

"Some days I'm able to get naps. They say sleep when she sleeps, but that's a little difficult, too, because I hear her moving and I'm always checking on her."

Leslie has brought her daughter to two Sparks games. Wednesday, she had her mother baby-sit while Leslie and her husband Michael Lockwood attended the awards show. Lockwood showed off photos of Lauren.

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