Lynx Lock Up Augustus for 4 years

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The Minnesota Lynx locked up what they hope will be the main piece of their championship puzzle today by resigning their franchise player to a 4-year contract. Seimone Augustus, a 2-time All Star, 2006 Rookie of the Year and 2008 Olympian played in just 6 games in 2009 before a torn ACL ended her season. Following WNBA policy, the Lynx didn’t announce the dollar amount, but the league’s pay scale for players with Augustus’ experience tops out at about $100,000 annually.

A Baton Rouge, LA native, Augustus celebrated her signing proudly donning New Orleans Saints gear.  Here are some highlights of today’s press conference:


On the contract:
It was a no-brainer for me to come back, it’s just a great feeling to know that an organization that’s about it’s business but is also a family atmosphere. Everybody gets along here, everybody has a great time from the front office down to the player so, it’s one big happy family. I couldn’t see myself nowhere else but here. I’ve been through the rough times here in Minnesota and my first couple of seasons here, and I was here for the good times too. You can see the team has progressed, from a team that people didn’t take serious to a team that now they expect us to make the playoffs, they expect us to contend for a title, so why would I want to miss out on that. I’m happy about being here and the transitions that we made to become a championship caliber team here.

On the Saints:
Today is the parade down in New Orleans. So I figured I would wear my Saints gear as a tribute to the Saints and what they have done for the state of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans. I’m going to parade up and down Minneapolis.

On her ACL injury and its impact:
It is very important to know that the organization, the teammates and the coaching staff is all behind you. Because you know it is a very depressing stage, a very tough stage to push through when you have people like Roger and Coach Reeves, and Conrad, and the rest of my teammates, they are overseas right now and they could easily be focused on what they need to do playing over there, but they are constantly asking about “how rehab is going, are you back on the court, how you feel, how is the leg doing.” That makes me want to work harder, that makes me want to do whatever I have to do to help my team out and be back with them.

On rehab:
(I’ve got) a week and a half left. I’ll be able to go home and party next week.

Does she expect to be ready opening day?
Yeah, I do.

On other offers:
Some other teams showed interest, but like I said I was closed minded to the situation. It was a no brainer that I was coming back.

On her first Minnesota winter:
I’m still waiting on the worst of it. People keep telling me about this bad winter but I haven’t seen it yet, so but the winter hasn’t run me off, I’m actually enjoying it. It’s been fun to learn how to drive on the snow and the ice.

On the NFC Championship Game:
All the guys in the front office were sending me text messages the day of the game. My therapist even sent me a picture of Adrian Peterson’s jersey and was like “It’s game time” But when the game was over nobody wanted to answer the telephone or return text messages so I know how that goes.

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