Jim Mone, Associated Press
Minnesota Lynx's Maya Moore cheers on the crowd with seconds left against the Los Angeles Sparks Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Lynx won the WNBA Championship 85-76. Moore scored 18 points. Moore has announced she will step away from basketball this season.

SALT LAKE CITY — WNBA star Maya Moore is leaving professional basketball for family.

Moore, a player for the Minnesota Lynx, wrote in a piece for The Players’ Tribune that she won't be playing professional basketball this upcoming season after she considered her purpose.

  • “I learned a long time ago that my purpose is to know Jesus and to make Him known,” she said.
  • She pointed to the Bible verse Colossians 3:23, which she often uses when she signs autographs for fans.
  • The entire verse reads: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”
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Moore is using that verse to influence her choices this year:

  • “My announcement is about how I’m shifting the focus to the whatever,” she wrote. “My focus in 2019 will not be on professional basketball, but will instead be on the people in my family, as well as on investing my time in some ministry dreams that have been stirring in my heart for many years.”

Read more: You can read “The Shift” at the Players' Tribune.

Reactions: Multiple pro basketball names, including Steph Curry, praised Moore for her decision, according to The Star Tribune.