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Lindsay Whalen spent 25 minutes on the One Hunnit Podcast with Joe and the Georgia Preach.
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The last thing Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen is thinking about is retirement. 

The 35-year-old point guard told GoMN's One Hunnit Podcast that she hasn't put a timeframe on her career. 

"I want to play as long as I can," Whalen said on the podcast. "Realistically, knowing that it's kind of a year-to-year how you're feeling type of thing. As long as I'm invested and having fun and I'm able to help the team I want to keep playing. If I'm feeling like I'm feeling this way next year, I'm definitely going to keep playing. I feel good and I'm having fun."

She's definitely having fun. 

"Last year's team I think was our best team. We were 28-6 and just didn't win a championship," Whalen said, while adding that their 17-2 record is the best start to the regular season in franchise history.

But the 13-year WNBA star is well aware that her basketball clock is ticking.

"Each year brings different things, you have to adjust," she said. "You don't really know how you're going to feel going into next season so you can't really predict. We'd all like to play as long as we can because we get to play a sport for a living. You get to this point and you just want to keep going, so none of us are putting any numbers on it. I think we'll all know. It'll just come to us. Knowing that I want to keep playing is a good sign and it doesn't mean that I'm ready to hang it up. 

"Everybody that I talk to that's recently retired, Tamika Catchings, Penny Taylor, those players... I think you just kind of know. It's probably just a gut feel."

Whalen was the hero Tuesday night when she hit the game-winning baseline jumper in a 76-75 win over the New York Liberty. 

The Lynx go for another win Friday in Atlanta before returning home to play Seattle on Sunday. 

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