LeBron James congratulates Lindsay Whalen on retirement from WNBA

16 August, 2018, 11:11 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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"I would like to announce that after 15 seasons in the WNBA I am going to retire after the 2018 season", Whalen said.

LeBron James congratulated Minnesota Lynx star and University of Minnesota women's basketball head coach Lindsey Whalen on her retirement from the WNBA. The Lynx won WNBA titles in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

The WNBA is losing a true star, but watching Whalen continue to build upon her legacy with the Minnesota women's basketball team is a decent consolation. The Lynx delighted their fan base, made up of numerous same families who flocked to Williams Arena to watch Whalen years earlier, by acquiring her in a trade before the 2010 season.

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Whalen played six seasons for CT, helping the Sun reach the 2004 and 2005 WNBA Finals. She flourished in college, leading the Gophers to their only NCAA Final Four appearance in 2004, before being drafted by the Connecticut Sun. Some observers, though, noted that trying to handle a Big Ten coaching job while playing at the professional level would be a daunting task. "I look forward to the next chapter in my basketball career and wish my Lynx coaches and teammates all of the best in the future". Her résumé includes six All-Star appearances, 13 playoff appearances, eight WNBA Finals appearances, four WNBA championships and Olympic gold medals with Team USA in 2012 and 2016.

She holds the single-season franchise record for assists (199 in 2011) and the franchise mark for most assists in a single game (14 vs. Los Angeles on September 4, 2013).

The Lynx are 200-80 in the regular season since Whalen arrived, having only missed the playoffs once. Or how she became the first player in WNBA history to reach 5,000 points, 2,000 assists and 1,500 rebounds - a testament to her longevity and ability to impact multiple facets of the game. 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.

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