New York Liberty guard, and one of the WNBA's great personalities, Candice Wiggins has announced her retirement via The Players' Tribune.
In a wonderfully written and deep letter entitled, "Into the Sunset," Wiggins discussed why she is leaving the game:
"I can’t explain how much respect I have for the women who play 11 months out of the year for a decade or more. You rarely see your family, and if you don’t take impeccable care of your body, you’re done.
I’ve been there, lived that.
For many, many years, I was in love with the game of basketball. I’m just not anymore.
And that’s O.K."
She also seems truly at peace with her decision:
“They say that an athlete dies two deaths — the first when she retires, and the other at the proverbial end of one’s life.
That’s not the case with me.
In fact, I feel reborn. And excited. Not having the same hopeless feeling as my father did when he walked away from baseball is my greatest victory; I’m doing this on my terms.
I’ve found that, sometimes, the greatest things happen after you say goodbye.”
Wiggins has been one of the league's brightest starts and personalities for years, she will truly be missed.