Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
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Lynx Star Maya Moore Says She Will Sit Out 2019 WNBA Season

Lynx Star Maya Moore Says She Will Sit Out 2019 WNBA Season

Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx announced on Tuesday that she will not be playing in the WNBA this season, instead focusing on her family and "some ministry dreams that have been stirring in my heart for many years". She's also very likeable and thoughtful.

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said in a statement Tuesday that she supports Moore's decision to take time off from basketball.

She wrote for The Player's Tribune that she measures success in her life by asking "Am I living out my goal?" "The success that I've been a part of in basketball truly blows my mind every time I think about it. We support her in this exploration and will continue to provide her the love and care she has always known from her Lynx family".

"My no for the 2019 pro season allows me to say yes to my family and faith family like I never have before".

With Moore and the Lynx, there often hasn't been a need to look too hard at advanced statistics because the basic ones tell a vivid story - including the most important number of four WNBA titles since she joined the team in 2011. Moore was eighth in the league in minutes and seventh in points in 2018.

The Lynx reportedly used the franchise tag on Moore in January, which prevents the five-time All-Star from becoming a free agent and signing with another team.

Moore has played in 271 WNBA games and averaged 18.4 points, 3.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game through eight seasons.

Moore has also played for Team USA as well as overseas, most recently in Russian Federation in 2018 before the start of the WNBA season.

The 29-year-old, who won the WNBA Most Valuable Player award in 2014, expressed her fatigue - and her eagerness for some extended rest - near the end of the 2018 season, which saw the Lynx ousted in the first round of the playoffs. And it was a slump that came in a season that started when Moore was 28.

The team already is without guard Lindsay Whalen, who retired last season and is now the coach at the University of Minnesota.

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