Well it’s official:
— Lynx PR (@Lynx_PR) August 13, 2018
Lindsay Whalen has announced she is retiring at the end of the 2018 season. Whalen, who was also named head women’s basketball coach at the University of Minnesota in April, has been attempting to balance duties as a player and coach all season. It appears that the responsibility of doing both has finally become too much to bear:
Lindsay Whalen on the air with @1500ESPN “Once I kind of realized the responsibilities to run a program and be a head coach, there was no way I was going to be able to do both for more than a year”
— Matthew Coller (@MatthewColler) August 13, 2018
Whalen will retire as one of the most decorated athletes not only in WNBA history:
Lindsay Legend. pic.twitter.com/XNZxdQRNwU
— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) August 13, 2018
but also the history of Minnesota athletes:
Lindsay Whalen: from MN, won a State Title in HS, took Gophers to only Final Four, led Lynx to 4 WNBA Titles, led Team USA to 2 Gold Medals, now the Gophers Head Coach.
I'm sorry, which part is ridiculous? https://t.co/qMGaH6Rlkw
— Cory Hepola (@CoryHepola) August 13, 2018
That tweet, by the way, is in response to a question of whether or not Whalen is on the Mount Rushmore of Minnesota sports:
This might be the most ridiculous thing you've ever tweeted (and that's saying a lot!). Winfield, Kirby, Grant, Killebrew all ahead of her & probably KG & McHale, maybe Molitor & Herb. And of course, Blake Hoffarber.
— SteveBunin (@SteveBunin) August 13, 2018
The only thing that is ridiculous is this guy suggesting she isn’t part of a Minnesota sports Mount Rushmore.
With the news reaction of Whalen’s retirement poured in from around the WNBA:
— WNBA (@WNBA) August 13, 2018
But also from other Minnesota icons:
— KG's Area 21 (@KGArea21) August 13, 2018
AND LEBRON JAMES???
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 13, 2018
The Lynx held a press conference earlier today to officially announce the news and Lynx coach/GM Cheryl Reeve reflected on Whalen’s career:
“I don’t know if you could have written a better story, a better script … and I feel so blessed to have been on the sideline and have had a great seat to all of that.” – @LynxCoachReeve on Lindsay Whalen's illustrious career pic.twitter.com/WgUofxuQ65
— NBA TV (@NBATV) August 13, 2018
Whalen is the perfect Minnesota story. She has won at every level, and single-handedly put the Gopher women’s team on the map, back in her playing days. She also helped forge the Lynx into one of the most dominant teams in the WNBA. Winning is simply in her blood and she is now set up to bring that same winning mentality to the Gopher women’s basketball team, as the head coach. The fact that Whalen was able to get through most of the season, doing both jobs, is a testament to her resolve and determination.
Cheers Lindsay for a hell of a playing career. Hopefully the Lynx can get her one more ring this year, although it looks like it will take a bit more than the runs in recent years. Regardless, I have a feeling her coaching career is going to be just as successful.
Seth Toupal @SethToups
Minnesota Sports Fan