Lynx legend Seimone Augustus officially announces retirement from WNBA

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After 15 seasons in the WNBA, including 14 with the Minnesota Lynx, Seimone Augustus officially announced her retirement on Wednesday afternoon.

Click the video box to watch excerpts from Seimone Augustus’ retirement press conference in which she emotionally recalls 14 seasons in Minnesota and recounts great memories from her time with the Lynx

Augustus left the Lynx to sign with the Los Angeles Sparks before her final season as a player. She’ll now join the Sparks coaching staff as an assistant.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft, Augustus was a constant as the Lynx developed into a dynasty that went on to win four league Championships.

Her 5,881 points make her the Lynx all-time scoring leader by a 897-point margin over Maya Moore.

She retires 10th on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list. Her 15.4 points per game average ranks 11th all-time.

Augustus knew it was time to retire from playing when during a tough preseason workout session she could barely finish it.

Her trainer had asked her to run 48 sprints and her body said when she finished that "it couldn’t go anymore." Augustus also felt that it wouldn’t be right to take up a roster spot on the Sparks with so many talented players trying to be part of this league.

The four-time WNBA champion with Minnesota told Sparks coach Derek Fisher that she wanted to stop playing. He offered the three-time Olympic gold medalist a spot on the coaching staff.