Farewell, Syl: Fowles exit fueling Lynx in push for playoffs

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Clarity about the end of her exceptional WNBA career came for Sylvia Fowles last year through a feeling of resistance familiar to everyone from elite athletes to average fans.

The 2017 league MVP who helped the Minnesota Lynx win two WNBA titles knew her interest in working out was waning. The former LSU star leaves as the league's career leader in field-goal percentage, rebounds and double-doubles.

"Being in shape is one thing, but being in basketball shape is something totally different. I got to that point when workouts were just getting harder and harder, and you take into consideration how many times I've been hurt over the last couple of years, too," said the 36-year-old Fowles. "I just don't think physically I want to do it to my body anymore. That's how I knew."

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