Minnesota Lynx guard and WNBA legend Lindsay Whalen who is about to finish her 15th season has announced she will retire at the end of the current season.
“I would like to announce that after 15 seasons in the WNBA I am going to retire after the 2018 season,” Whalen said Friday. “I would like to thank the WNBA, the Connecticut Sun, and the Minnesota Lynx for believing in me all of these years. 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.”
Whalen was one of the most popular athletes in state history. She has 322 career victories, more than any other WNBA player in history. She is also ranked third in assists, has appeared six times as an All-Star, has eight WNBA finals appearances, four titles and two Olympic gold medals.
“Lindsay Whalen will always be remembered as one of the greatest players and winners in the history of our league,” said WNBA president Lisa Borders in a statement. “Her impact was immediate, leading the Connecticut Sun to the Finals in each of her first two seasons before going on to become a four-time champion with the Minnesota Lynx.”
After her retirement, Lindsay Whalen will focus on her new job as head coach of the women’s basketball program at her alma mater Minnesota, where she was hired in April.