Shortly after news broke last weekend about the potential “breakup” of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, Minnesota forward Maya Moore talked about the connection that makes the Lynx a WNBA success.

“The culture that has been set, from leadership on down, of being good to each other,” Moore said, repeating a phrase she claims coach Cheryl Reeve uses a lot. “Because it’s not going to be everything it can be, and it’s not going to feel as good as it can, if we don’t approach our journey that way.

“Having done that season after season, especially the four of us who’ve been together so long — and adding players who also have that mindset as well — we win. When we have that commitment of looking out for each other, we can get through things. When the tough parts of the season or lulls come, we can overcome those quicker because we have that chemistry.”

Moore addressed the subject from the West team’s locker room at last Saturday’s WNBA All-Star Game in Seattle. She was there with Lynx teammates Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles and Rebekkah Brunson, as well as Reeve, who coached the West team. Augustus, Brunson, Moore and point guard Lindsay Whalen make up the Lynx’s “core four” and have played together since 2011. Fowles forced a deal to Minnesota from Chicago in 2015. In all, the Lynx have won three championships and reached the WNBA Finals in five of the past six years. And they’re currently first in the league at 17-2.

They’ve accomplished all this because every player has successfully submerged her own ego for the greater good of the team. The best recent NBA comparisons to the Lynx include Golden State, San Antonio and even Miami for its zenith seasons.

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