Sims Readies Return To Court Following Childbirth

What a year it’s been for Odyssey Sims.

In 2019, Sims led the Minnesota Lynx in scoring and assists, on her way to her first All-Star and All-WNBA recognitions during her first season in the Twin Cities. And then in April, she gave birth to her first child — a son, Jaiden.

While raising her son in Texas, Sims questioned whether she should take the season off or enter the single-site in Bradenton, Fla.. In early July, the love of basketball took over and Sims decided to join the Lynx at IMG Academy last week.  After serving a two-game suspension, Sims is expected to make her 2020 debut on Thursday night versus the Las Vegas Aces (8pm CT, ESPN).

“Just to be here, I’m excited to get the opportunity to play the game I love,” Sims said over a Zoom call on Wednesday. “I was on the verge of possibly sitting out, but my intuition of basketball wouldn’t let me.”

The Lynx are currently 6-2 on the season following Tuesday’s 68-48 rout of the Washington Mystics. Breakout games from rookie Crystal Dangerfield as well as Lexie Brown and Bridget Carleton have propelled the Lynx beyond media projections early in the 2020 season, while the steady play of Sylvia Fowles and Napheesa Collier have been constants.

The injection of Sims and her scoring prowess is an added boost of veteran experience to an already thriving roster that happens to be the fifth-youngest in the WNBA.

“I’m here now, and I love all my teammates,” Sims said. “We have a very young group, but I’m excited to see what we can do this year.”

She continued: “We look good. We’re a younger team this year. We’re running a lot more, getting out in transition. That’s the style of play I like, and that’s what I’m excited for: to be able to run. Crystal has been doing a phenomenal job at the one. She can score the ball, get to the paint anytime.

“I’m just gonna bring my energy. I like to play defense, score the ball, just do whatever Cheryl needs from me… and get wins.”