I admit that I was about to retire this offseason.
I’ve been blessed with the career I’ve had playing in the WNBA and would have been happy to hang up after last season. I thought 2021 was going to be my last year.
That said, I didn’t like how we lost in the playoffs to Chicago at home. It was tough, so I said I would give myself until mid-November to see where I was mentally and physically. If I wanted to come back another year.
I had to pretend at first. Suppose I was going to take a leisurely bike ride for 30 minutes and see how far I would go. The next day, try to go a little further. Running on the beach and seeing how far I could go. I was wrong.
I kept pushing from there. I felt good afterwards and as we got closer to training camp, the little challenges got bigger. My lungs feel good and my body feels good. Mentally, I tapped into that space you have to be in to be a pro athlete.
I came back to Minnesota around the Final Four days and it was great to see so many of my friends at USA Basketball training camp. Those days are definitely over.
Now I’m here for my 15th and final season. I’ll be honest, I arrived with the same emotions I had in the others. Just give it your all. You can’t pace yourself.
As one of the leaders of this team, I have always led by example because I hate talking about what you have to do. Just do it.
If it were up to me, this season would be like the other 14 and not a farewell tour. I just wanted to post a letter to the fans thanking them but Cheryl Reeve thought otherwise and who am I to argue with the coach. She said I deserved the best, which is weird to think about. I don’t feel like I need praise for doing my job.
I had a great career and I just want to thank the fans. We’ll see how it all pans out over the course of the season.
I still plan to write something to the fans. I try not to think about it too much and I don’t sit down and think about what I want to say because that will only make me emotional throughout the process. I just did it little by little.
Minnesota Lynx star Sylvia Fowles checks in periodically during her final season in the WNBA