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No Maya Moore for the Lynx this season

All WNBA Player announces she is not going to play professional basketball this year

February 05, 2019 - 2:38 pm
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In a letter written on the playerstribune.com, Lynx All-Star Maya Moore announced she will not play professional basketball in 2019.  

Moore says, "My focus in 2019 will not be on professional basketball, but will instead be on the people in my family, as well as on investing my time in some ministry dreams that have been stirring in my heart for many years."

In a statement released by the Lynx, Head Coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve says, "As she recently shared, Maya has expressed a need to shift her attention more fully to family and ministry dreams in a way that she has been unable to as a professional basketball player. We support her in this exploration and will continue to provide her the love and care she has always known from her Lynx family.”

Moore added, "I’m thankful to my Lynx family and others close to me who have been walking with me during this shift, and I’m excited to see what the future holds."

This move will significantly hamper the Lynx who are trying to overcome the loss of Lindsay Whalen who is now the Gopher Women's Basketball Head Coach.  The Lynx are five-time WNBA champs since Moore joined the team in 2011.  They lost in the first round of the playoffs last season to Los Angeles. 

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WCCO's Chad Hartman said Tuesday afternoon, "This is a huge loss for the Lynx.  Most of the time when she plays, she's the best player anywhere.  We got Maya Moore, I don't care who you have, we're going to win."