Sky’s second-year star has built up in the offseason to build on her WNBA rookie of year season. Elena Delle Donne had a remarkable first year while leading the Sky to a first-ever WNBA playoff appearance.

But the rookie of the year says she wants to become better and stronger. The 6-foot-5 forward, who averaged 18.1 points and 5.6 rebounds, passed up playing overseas during the WNBA offseason to build up her stamina and muscle mass while training four days a week in Chicago.

“Strength … that was an adjustment I wasn’t able to make until the offseason,” Delle Donne said Tuesday in Chicago. “I knew I was going to just have to get through and get by with the versatility of my game. Once we were eliminated (by Indiana), I asked our strength coach (Ann Crosby): ‘When can I start lifting?’ She just said: ‘Calm down. We need to relax first. Relax your body, but we’ll get to it.'”

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