Rookie of the Year just the beginning

Rookie of the Year just the beginning for Lynx's Napheesa Collier – Star Tribune.

Lynx forward Napheesa Collier walked up the steps to the podium Monday morning, accepted her Rookie of the Year trophy from WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, spent all of 77 seconds thanking everybody she could think of, then proceeded to walk off the stage.

No, wait!

Collier is the league’s best rookie. Down the stretch of the season, she was the Lynx’s best player. Over the course of 34 games she played more minutes than anyone in the league, flipping seamlessly between the two forward positions. And yet it didn’t occur to her any of the assembled media might want to ask a question or two. Aaron Freeman, the team’s basketball communications manager, had to hurry over and tell Collier to get back to the podium.

This, in a nutshell, is Collier.

Talented but humble. Convinced she deserved the trophy she was holding in her hand while not thinking anyone would want to ask her about it.

“That’s Phee,” said Seimone Augustus. “She doesn’t see what she’s done. She appreciates it, but doesn’t appreciate the magnitude of what she just accomplished, the people she now shares history with.”

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