(1090 The Fan) – The professional sports world will have a different look at the end of the WNBA season when iconic forward Tina Thompson hangs it up.

According to the Seattle Storm, Thompson will make the 2013 campaign with the team her last after 17 years in the league.

“Basketball has been a safe haven, a protector, a comfort zone and a provider, as well as one of my life’s joys,” Thompson said in a release. The former number one overall pick in the 1997 draft said she’s forever grateful for her WNBA journey.

“I have experienced things I could never have imagined or dreamed of,” said Thompson. “I started this game at the age of nine; now at 38 my journey is coming to a close. I have an 8-year-old son and I am so thankful that Dyllan has been able to grow up in and share this journey with me. It has truly been a blessing and I am grateful for the experiences, both good and not so good. Those experiences have helped shape me into the woman I am today, the woman I am very proud to be. As I step into this next chapter of my life I will approach it with the same passion. It has been a great ride.”

Thompson, who began her professional career with the Houston Comets, will leave the game as the WNBA record holder in points scored, minutes played and games started.

Currently, Thompson has 7,018 points, logged 15,129 minutes and 437 games started. She has suited up for a total of 467. She is averaging 15.2 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game and 1.7 assists per game in 32.7 minutes per game. On June 18, 2010, she became just the second player in history to reach the 6,000-point milestone.

Thompson joined the Seattle Storm in 2012.

Thompson is a four-time WNBA champion (1997-2000 with the Houston Comets) and an eight-time WNBA All-Star.

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