Lynx star Maya Moore won’t play basketball in 2019

Maya Moore

Maya Moore

Minnesota Lynx superstar Maya Moore will sit out the 2019 WNBA season.

After almost a decade of doing so, it's reasonable that Moore is burnt out and wants to take a break from basketball. Religion and family are big parts of Moore's life, and she seems committed to putting her efforts to both this year.

Moore said she measures success by asking herself if she's living out her purpose-a goal, she says, which is "to know Jesus and make him known". She has four WNBA championships, was named league MVP in 2014 and played in five All-Star games.

She's become a face of not only the WNBA, but the Jordan Brand.

I measure success by asking, "Am I living out my goal?"

Moore wrote a heartfelt letter on The Players Tribune explaining that she will use this break to focus on her family as well as some ministry work.

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She wrote for The Player's Tribune that she measures success in her life by asking "Am I living out my objective?" "I measure success by asking, 'Am I living out my purpose?'" That's something she feels she'll be able to do better this year sans basketball.

"We support her in this exploration and will continue to provide her the love and care she has always known from her Lynx family", general manager and head coach Cheryl Reeve said in a statement distributed by the team.

"There are different ways to measure success", she wrote. "Just really kind of had the mindset that I need to do this, I need to try this, and let's figure out in this path of how we can kind of bring it back together".

Rebekkah Brunson is still considering if she'll return. Fowles had already won MVP in 2017 as the Lynx won their fourth championship, and the center backed that up with another monster year in 2018 - finishing fourth in the league in PER and second in wins shares (6.6). It was still a good season but not a great one.

But Moore's future in the WNBA unexpectedly came into question last month after Minnesota designated her with the franchise tag, which effectively prevented her from becoming an unrestricted free agent. After averaging 7.1 wins shares per season in her first seven years, Moore had 4.1 last season.

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