ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Lynx great Maya Moore announces retirement 4 years after stepping away from basketball

Moore is the franchise leader in scoring average, 3-pointers and steals

Minnesota Lynx's Maya Moore (23) against the Los Angeles Sparks on May 20, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Minnesota Lynx's Maya Moore (23) against the Los Angeles Sparks on May 20, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Carlos Gonzalez / Minneapolis Star Tribune / TNS

Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore on Monday announced her official retirement from the WNBA on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” effective immediately.

“I am extremely thankful for the opportunities that the WNBA, the Minnesota Lynx and basketball have given me in my lifetime,” Moore said in a statement. “It was a dream come true for me to play basketball at the highest level and help build the foundation for women’s basketball. Ever since I was drafted in 2011, the state of Minnesota, Lynx organization and fan base welcomed me with open arms and supported me throughout my entire career. I will forever be grateful for Glen Taylor, Coach (Cheryl) Reeve and the Lynx community for all of the support and am excited to continue this next chapter in my life.”

MORE MINNESOTA LYNX COVERAGE:
Pro
Duwelius takes over the title previously held by Cheryl Reeve, the team’s head coach who has been elevated to president of basketball operations.
Pro
Reeve’s teams have won an WNBA-record 281 games since 2010, and her 41 career playoff victories are the most in WNBA history, as well.
Pro
With the franchise’s cornerstone player — Sylvia Fowles — now heading into retirement, what’s the team’s path back to the postseason in 2023?
Pro
Fowles finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for her WNBA-best 193rd career double-double.
Pro
Fowles may have played her last game at Target Center on Friday
Pro
The WNBA’s all-time best center will be celebrated Friday after what may be her final game in Minnesota
Pro
Minnesota has won 20 of 23 regular-season games against Phoenix since August 2015, including 10 straight in Arizona.
Pro
The Lynx (11-19) are now 1 1/2 games behind the Dream but the Phoenix Mercury (12-16 entering Thursday) and New York Liberty (12-17) are also in contention.
Pro
Minnesota shot 42.9 percent from the floor and were 6 of 13 from behind the arc
Pro
For the game, the Lynx committed 16 turnovers and shot 33% from the field while tallying a season-low 57 points — led by 16 from Kayla McBride, who felt the Lynx got good shots that simply weren’t going down.

Considered one of the game’s best players during her eight-year WNBA career, Moore guided Minnesota to four titles. She finishes her career as the franchise leader in scoring average (18.4), 3-pointers (530) and steals (449), while sitting in second in points scored (4,984), field goals made (1,782), assists (896) and blocks (176). Moore possesses single-season Lynx records in points and scoring average.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft out of UConn, Moore was named WNBA Finals MVP in 2013 and League MVP in 2014. She was a six-time all-star who won two Olympic gold medals with Team USA at the international level.

She made a surprising announcement to walk away from basketball in 2019, initially citing her will to focus on family and ministry dreams, before eventually turning her attention to criminal justice reform. She advocated for the release of Jonathan Irons from the Jefferson City Correctional Center in Missouri.

ADVERTISEMENT

Irons and Moore were married in 2020, and welcomed their first child in 2022. Their book, “Love & Justice: A Story of Triumph on Two Different Courts,” will be released on Tuesday by Andscape Books. The couple spoke with GMA’s Robin Roberts on Monday about their story.

______________________________________________________

This story was written by one of our partner news agencies. Forum Communications Company uses content from agencies such as Reuters, Kaiser Health News, Tribune News Service and others to provide a wider range of news to our readers. Learn more about the news services FCC uses here.

What To Read Next
Pro
Pro
Get Local

ADVERTISEMENT