It is one thing to say farewell to the game that has shaped your life and career for such a long time. It is another thing to go out a champion.
That is what Jia Perkins will do as she recently announced that she will, indeed, hang up her jersey after a 14-year WNBA career.
It was a career that spanned four teams – the Charlotte Sting, the Chicago Sky, the San Antonio Stars, and the Minnesota Lynx, where she won a championship just this past season.
In a Minneapolis Star-Tribune article, Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve mentioned that Perkins’ retirement, coupled with the loss of Renee Montgomery to the Dream, meant they would need to replace their bench backcourt heading into the 2018 season.
That is basically our reserve backcourt.
–Lynx head coach, general manager Cheryl Reeve
So there are openings there.
Perkins averaged over 10 points per game for her career including average 17 points per game during the 2008 season in Chicago.