Transcript for Story of basketball star Lusia 'Lucy' Harris highlighted in new documentary
Back now with a new documentary about one of the greatest basketball players ever, lusia "Lucy" Harris won three national titles, an olympic medal, and one of the first women inducted into the basketball hall of fame, and was even drafted by the NBA. I got a chance to talk to my childhood hero, the queen of basketball. Lucy with the rebound. Reporter: Her name, lusia "Lucy" Harris. Number 45, lusia Harris. Reporter: And she reigns supreme as the queen of basketball, dominating the game, inspiring a generation of athletes. You are a living legend to have won back to back to back, three national championships at delta state. What do you remember fondly of those days? The type of crowds that we had, to have such support, it was support from everybody. I got the chance to travel all over the United States, out of the country, and I really enjoyed it. Reporter: Her story, now the focus of a new documentary short premiering at the tribeca festival. The director, and I'm going to quote him here. He says, you are one of the most important American athletes of the 20th century. What was it like when they called you, and they said, the queen of basketball, we want to do a film on you? When I got the call and they said they wanted to do this documentary, and I, you know, I was really kind of surprised. That was just unreal. Reporter: During her college years at delta state, the 6'3" south Mississippi native was the center of attention. Attention, you know, to me is saying that a lot of people are interested in what we're doing. Reporter: Then in 1977, Lucy's talents led to her being the first woman officially drafted by the NBA. You were drafted by the NBA, the New Orleans jazz, and you said, no. No thank you, and you have no regrets? No regrets? No regrets. I had to have my time as a player, and as a person that traveled all over the world, and I was ready to just settle down with my family. Reporter: Lucy spent more time with loved ones who helped her take charge of her mental health. There are different forms of mental illness. My form is bipolar. It didn't surface until after I stopped playing. I had a nervous breakdown. I had to return home, and I began to pick myself up. Reporter: Her proudest accomplishment? Her four children and grandchildren creating a lasting legacy on and off the court. Christopher is a lawyer. Eddie has a masters. Christina received her doctorate. Christa has a doctorate in education. What do you want people to learn from your story? I especially want the young people to understand that if you work hard, really willing to work hard, anything is possible. Can I tell you? I'm as proud of her today as I was as a small child in Mississippi watching her play, and the film is beautiful. She waited to watch the documentary for the first time at its premiere last week here in New York, and she received a huge standing ovation. The queen of basketball is showing at the tribeca festival and will be released on newyorktimes.com later this month. I hope you get a chance to As you go through the day,
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