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DNS Podcast: Lynx Coach Cheryl Reeve is a champion on and off the court

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I was struck recently by Cheryl Reeve, the head coach of the Minnesota Lynx and WNBA coach of the year, tweeting about the lack of media coverage for women's sports. Not just lack of coverage of the WNBA or of her team, but of ALL women's sports. In other words, she is champion of a cause while her team is seeking the WNBA championship.

Here it is, the most important and busiest time of the year for Reeve, and she was tweeting about something she felt was unfair. That strikes at the heart of why Cheryl Reeve is the best coach around, she sees the big picture.

Minnesota is a supremely talented team, there is no denying that, but she gets them to buy into her system, to play the roles she wants them to play.

Look at Maya Moore, the MVP candidate who this season became a strong ballhandler and helped take pressure of Lindsay Whalen with her ball handling.  Seimone Augustus, a tremendous scorer during her career, has accepted a role of sometimes being second, third or even fourth scorer on some nights.

It helped the Lynx set a franchise record with 28 wins this season, and the reason they are the favorite to win their fourth title in six years.

It is a pleasure to welcome Coach Reeve back to the podcast. Topics discussed include:

  • Her pushing for better coverage for all women's sports
  • The health and roles on the roster
  • Dealing with the refereeing and foul plagued games that have been a part of the playoffs this year
  • Fowles and Brunson versus Parker and Ogwumike
  • The job Brian Agler has done in Los Angeles
  • Whalen being strong this post-season and making an impact

It should be a great series, and we wish both teams luck in the finals! Let's hope for a good series, with minimal refereeing involvement, and the better team winning.