The Lynx have lost their most senior veteran to the New York Liberty but fortunately for Minnesota, she won't be preparing to face them come the start of the WNBA season.
The Liberty announced Thursday that it hired Taj McWilliams-Franklin, 42, as one of its assistant coaches for the 2013 season. McWilliams-Franklin spent the 2010 season with New York, and she also played for new Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer in Detroit in 2008 and 2009.
McWilliams-Franklin's retirement hardly came as a surprise to the Lynx. The forward declined to play overseas this winter, instead assuming a spot on the coaching staff of the women's team at Rice University in Houston. In February, coach Cheryl Reeve would not confirm that McWilliams-Franklin had officially retired, but she spoke at length about the team's plans to move on to fill her spot. The Lynx went further in that direction when they signed center Janel McCarville on March 1.
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