February 05, 2019 07:03 PM
Minnesota Lynx superstar Maya Moore plans to sit out the 2019 WNBA season.
The five-time All-Star revealed her plans in an article written for The Players' Tribune and posted Tuesday.
I will not be playing professional basketball this year. https://t.co/cVUO9Uhjd0— Maya Moore (@MooreMaya) February 5, 2019
"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," Moore wrote.
"I will certainly miss the day-to-day relationships with my teammates and basketball family this season, but my no for the 2019 pro season allows me to say yes to my family and faith family like I never have before."
Moore was the WNBA rookie of the year in 2011 and the league's MVP in 2014. She helped lead her team to WNBA championships in 2011, '13, '15 and '17.
Lynx head coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve on Tuesday issued a statement supporting her decision.
"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," the statement read. "We support her in this exploration and will continue to provide her the love and care she has always known from her Lynx family."
Updated: February 05, 2019 07:03 PM
Created: February 05, 2019 02:40 PM
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