Lynx star Napheesa gives birth to baby girl

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Minnesota Lynx star Napheesa Collier and her husband Alex Bazzell announced the arrival of a baby girl on Thursday.

Mila Sarah Bazzell was born eight pounds, 14 ounces on Wednesday. Both she and her mother are reportedly doing well.

Collier announced last November that she would miss the start of the 2022 season while waiting for her baby's arrival. Weeks before the birth, she signed a three-year contract extension to give her some long-term security in Minnesota.

In three seasons with the Lynx, the former sixth overall pick has earned two All-Star nods, a second-team All-Defense selection and the 2019 WNBA Rookie of the Year Award, emerging as a new star for a team about to lose future Hall of Famer Sylvia Fowles, who will retire after this season.

That imminent retirement is partially why Collier has said she intends to return this season, per The Star Tribune:

"I'm going to try everything that I can to come back and be able to play with Syl," she said. "I would love to, especially for her last year. And I miss playing. I want to get back on the court. So I'm trying to prepare my body, and I'm going to do everything afterwards to prepare my body to be able to do that."

Without Collier, the Lynx have opened their season with a record of 2-6.

SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 08: Napheesa Collier #11 of Team United States bites her gold medal during the Women's Basketball medal ceremony on day sixteen of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games at Saitama Super Arena on August 08, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Napheesa Collier is a mother. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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