MINNEAPOLIS - There's been a conspicuous absence the first week of Lynx training camp. As the team begins defense of its WNBA championship, star guard Maya Moore has been nowhere to be found.
Moore has had a busy spring finishing up a playoff run with UMMC Ekaterinburg, a powerhouse Russian team that won the EuroLeague title recently.
Bagging more championship hardware is par for the course for the 28-year-old Moore, who now has four WNBA championships, two Olympic gold medals, two FIBA world titles, two NCAA titles with UConn, three national titles in China, and now two EuroLeague titles.
"Just another championship for Maya," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said with a smile. "Just doing her thing."
Now that Moore is finished playing overseas, she will be back soon with the Lynx. She will spend some time at home in Atlanta before coming to the Twin Cities to rejoin the team.
"Naturally we want to give her a little bit of time to get back and get home and catch her breath," Reeve said. "I always tell her to come back when she's mentally and physically ready. If I ask them to come back before that it's not productive. I'd expect we should have her back here within a week or so."
That means Moore will miss Sunday, May 6's preseason opener against the Washington Mystics in Des Moines, Iowa. The Lynx are hopeful she will play in the May 12 game against the Chicago Sky.
After all, once she's back, it won't take Moore very long to assimilate.
"We are adding in Maya," veteran guard Seimone Augustus said. "We are adding (someone) who is familiar to what we do. Maya is going to jump right in and do what we do. Not really skipping a beat."
Whenever she returns, the Lynx will be getting back their best player as they attempt to successfully defend their WNBA title for the first time in franchise history. They fell just short the season after winning championships in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
"She's so interested in her team being successful," Reeve said of the former MVP. "This isn't about Maya Moore being successful. She knows she can't do it by herself, and that's an incredible trait to have, especially when she came into our team. We had a veteran group that knew how to play and knew how to win. And she had to be the superstar that had all these accolades to come in here and say, 'How do I help this team win?' It wasn't to be to No. 1 option. It wasn't for her to run around and jack up shots. She's embraced the idea of how to be efficient as far as winning in this league."