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WNBA great Maya Moore officially retires from basketball

Maya Moore has officially decided to retire from basketball.

The Great Minnesota Lynx retired from the WNBA in 2019 to help her current husband, Jonathan Irons, secure his release from prison. 50 year sentence overturned in 2020. After being released, Irons soon married Moore, and the couple had their first child, Jonathan Jr., in July.

She announced her decision to retire on Good Morning America. Until Monday, Moore had no intention of playing basketball again.

“Well, I think it’s time to end my professional basketball life,” Moore said. “I left four seasons ago, but I wanted to officially retire. This is such a sweet time for us and our family. The work we have done. I want to continue this in our next chapter. Be a home to my community and family. … This is what I’m moving towards. Hang it up.

Moore, 33, has won four WNBA championships with the Minnesota Lynx, two Olympic gold medals with USA Basketball, and two NCAA titles with UConn.

“On behalf of the Minnesota Lynx, I want to congratulate Maia on her incredible basketball career,” said Lynx Coach and Basketball Operations President Cheryl Reeve. “We will always treasure her time in the Lynx uniform and wish her the best as she continues to tackle this next chapter of her life.”

Moore will be eligible for the Naismith Hall of Fame next year, as she stopped playing four years ago.

Moore was one of the few athletes who left his sport in the prime of his career. She was selected No. 1 by the Lynx in 2011 and averaged 18.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals for the Lynx. She was the league’s MVP in 2014 and also won Rookie of the Year.

She ended her career as the Lynx franchise leader in average field goals made, three-point field goals (530), and steals (449) and was ranked second in total points scored (4,984), field goals made (1,782), assists ( 896) and blocks (176).

“Maya Moore has forever left a mark on the state of Minnesota, the Minnesota Lynx franchise, and in the hearts of Lynx fans around the world,” said Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx owner Glen Taylor. “Maya’s praises are numerous; her leadership and talent, both fearless and inspiring, set the stage for the most exciting and historic championship in the league from 2011 to 2017. While today marks the pinnacle of Maya’s basketball career, there’s no doubt she’ll continue to be an influence on the game we all love. We wish Maya all the best and will always be rooting for her.”

Moore went 150-4 in her illustrious career at UConn. The two-time AP Player of the Year was a key link in the Huskies’ 90-game winning streak, which was the longest ever until the school had 111 games a few years later.

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