ST. PAUL — After giving birth to a baby boy this spring, Lynx guard Odyssey Sims wasn’t sure she would rejoin the team for the season.

It wasn’t until July that the All-WNBA guard decided to make the trip to Bradenton, Fla., to complete the 2020 campaign.

“It was kind of last minute. I talked to (Coach) Cheryl (Reeve), I talked to her and we kind of went back and forth as far as like, ‘If you still want to come …’” Sims said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. “She talked to my (physical therapist) I was working out with while I was at home, and we just kind of went from there. I asked him for his feedback as to ‘Should I go? Should I not? How do I look?’”

Returning to competition after pregnancy is no easy feat, but Sims said every day she worked out she continued to feel her body return to form as her strength and muscles came back.

“I said, ‘I can do this. I think I can,’” Sims said.

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Sims quarantined inside the WNBA bubble upon arrival and joined her team in practice last week. She is set to take the floor with the Lynx for the first time since last season on Thursday, when Minnesota takes on Las Vegas. Even after her first practice in Bradenton, Sims noted she was excited.

“I’m happy to be back,” she said, “and I’m ready to play.”

The 28-year-old had a breakout season in 2019, her first season with the Lynx. She earned her first all-star and All-WNBA designations, and she paced the Lynx in points (14.5) and assists (5.4) while leading the team to the playoffs.

But she almost decided not to play this season. Between giving birth and raising a baby boy, the coronavirus pandemic and the nation’s fight against social and racial injustices, there was a lot to consider about making the trip to Florida.

“It was a hard decision,” Sims said.

But a couple of things pushed her back into action. No. 1, she’s grateful the WNBA orchestrated the bubble and put on a season amid everything going on, calling this season a “once-in-a-lifetime experience” she’ll talk with her son and others about for years to come. No. 2, she’s a hoops junkie.

“I’m excited to get the opportunity to play the game I love,” Sims said. “Was on the verge of possibly sitting out, but my intuition of basketball wouldn’t let me. So I’m here now. I love all my teammates. We have a very young group. But I’m excited to see what we can do this year.”

Sims likes what she has seen from the WNBA in terms of its social justice initiatives. As a Black woman, she is directly impacted by systemic racism.

“You know, it just hurts my heart to see, to watch how the videos are, everything that’s going on,” Sims said. “I have a little boy to raise. And, you know, I have to worry about that, when he gets older, you know, (tell him to) put your hands on the steering wheel, don’t make any sudden moves (if you get pulled over). Stuff like that.”

While she wasn’t with the team at the start of the season, Sims has watched every Lynx game to date.

“We look good,” Sims said.

The team is 6-2, and Sims is impressed by the number of young players — including rookie point guard Crystal Dangerfield — who have stepped up early in the season. She likes the team’s up-tempo style, saying that best suits her game.

Sims said she has added a few things to her game this offseason but noted people will have to tune in to see what those are.

“Just watch and you’ll see,” she said. “It’s just going to be exciting to watch as the season unwinds and we get down to the playoffs.”

Sims provides another backcourt weapon for a team that already was tied for second in the WNBA standings. As Reeve noted Wednesday evening, “it’s a good time to get Odyssey back.”