Lynx’s Lindsay Whalen Says She’ll Retire From WNBA After 2018 Season

Lynx’s Lindsay Whalen Says She’ll Retire From WNBA After 2018 Season

Lynx’s Lindsay Whalen Says She’ll Retire From WNBA After 2018 Season

Whalen has won five WNBA championships - all with the Lynx - and will retire with the most wins of any player in WNBA history.

WNBA great Lindsay Whalen announced that she is going to be retiring from the sport at the end of the 2018 season. The Lynx won WNBA titles in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. She has already begun writing the next chapter in her basketball life as she was named head coach of the women's basketball program at her alma mater back in April.

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"I would like to thank the WNBA, the Connecticut Sun, and the Minnesota Lynx for believing in me all of these years", Whalen said in a prepared statement.

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve shed a few tears, but Whalen kept the mood light with a steady stream of her trademark dry-witted quips.

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The 36-year-old is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist who has appeared in the league finals eight times.

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The gritty guard will finish her career as the Lynx leader in assists and fourth-leading scorer. In the playoffs, Whalen has an additional 335 assists. Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve held Whalen out against Las Vegas last Thursday, and on Sunday against Seattle Whalen started the game on the bench, the first time she hasn't been in the starting five since her first WNBA game with CT in 2004. Whalen also has appeared in 81 playoff games, with averages of 11.7 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.4 rebounds. They've already clinched a playoff spot with a 17-14 record, so it's possible Whalen helps Minnesota to one last WNBA championship before all is said and done. James points out that of all her accomplishments, her ability to win stands out most. Lindsay's will to win made her special, along with always putting her team and teammates first.

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