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Jim Souhan: Sylvia Fowles, Lynx's last champion star, says goodbye

Jim Souhan, Star Tribune on

Published in Basketball

MINNEAPOLIS — Leave it to a student of mortuary science to get the ending right.

Sylvia Fowles, soon to transition from basketball great to mortician, played what might have been her last home game for the Lynx on Friday night. The last of five Hall of Fame-caliber players who combined to win four WNBA titles for the Lynx, Fowles produced her 100th double-double with the team even as Minnesota lost, 96-69, to Seattle before an announced sellout of 12,134 at Target Center.

Fowles would play at Target Center again only if the Lynx advance, then extend the first-round playoff series to three games.

Her imminent departure signals the end of an era, as the Lynx culminate an era of endings.

The great Maya Moore retired in her prime to pursue social justice.

Lindsay Whalen announced her retirement to become the Gophers' coach during a difficult season.

 

Seimone Augustus left for Los Angeles even as the Lynx were contemplating the best ways to celebrate her career.

Rebekkah Brunson retired because of concussions.

Lynx general manager and coach Cheryl Reeve wanted Fowles' ending to be different, and better. She wanted Fowles to receive the farewell tour her other stars missed or dismissed.

"She said that was a point of emphasis for her return, is that the Lynx have not necessarily had a proper goodbye in terms of some of the other great players," Reeve said. "This is Syl being loyal and giving back to the fans. That's big for Syl. It's not necessarily what she wants, but she looked at our franchise and said you guys deserve this."

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