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    The recent additions to the Gophers look very promising on paper. I am particularly excite about Staples, Cumming, and Scalia.

    If Whalen espouses (FIFY) Cheryl Reeve's system and allow player to do what they're best at and improving upon that, my feeling is that the Gophers will be exciting to watch. She's got selfless players with serious skills.

    I think the speed of the Gophers game will much faster with good team defense. We shall soon see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hungan1 View Post
    If Whalen eschews Cheryl Reeve's system and allow player to do what they're best at and improving upon that, my feeling is that the Gophers will be exciting to watch.
    Cheryl Reeve doesn't do those things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpodoll68 View Post
    Cheryl Reeve doesn't do those things?
    Oops! Meant to write espouses, FIFY.

    I can see where wrong choice of a word can derail peace talks LOL. People hang by every word.
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    The MN Lynx losing streak was broken last night when they beat the Mystics 80-88. I wonder how much of their season start is affected by Whalen doing double duty? The next question is, when will she hang it all up as far as playing professionally?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hungan1 View Post
    The MN Lynx losing streak was broken last night when they beat the Mystics 80-88. I wonder how much of their season start is affected by Whalen doing double duty? The next question is, when will she hang it all up as far as playing professionally?
    I honestly don't think Whalen's work as coach has impacted the Lynx in any way. I think you can attribute their start to a team that is getting up there in years- Whalen included- playing a compressed schedule. They have given up late leads in almost all of the games. That points to dead legs to me as these champions otherwise know the mental way to close out games.

    I imagine that Whalen will play this year and then see how she is feeling. If she thinks she can contribute, she will come back next season.

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    https://www.swishappeal.com/2018/6/1...nx-on-saturday

    What others are saying:


    2 reasons the Lynx lost
    Lindsay Whalen. The multi-champ for the Lynx has become a liability to her team. The causes of her struggles have not been reported, but it is easy enough to deduce that she is distracted with her University of Minnesota head coaching duties, or playing through injury, or just playing her way into game conditioning. This is not a knock against Whalen, but an acknowledgment of human limitations when it comes to working two full-time jobs. In 17 minutes, Whalen scored 0 points, grabbed 1 rebound, snagged 1 steal and dished 0 assists. The good news? Whalen did not commit any turnovers.



    http://www.norwichbulletin.com/sport...e-coaching-job

    MOHEGAN — Former Connecticut Sun and now Minnesota veteran guard Lindsay Whalen looked tired on Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena...

    ...Whalen is also dealing with serving two masters. In April, she accepted a job as head coach of the University of Minnesota women’s basketball program.

    “It’s been a fun challenge. There have been ups and downs, just like this season for me on the court where there have been some downs for me. I’m just trying to stay positive and understand that we have a great team and I have a lot of great teammates,” Whalen said. “The first month or so before training camp started, I was focused on what I needed to do (as a head coach) and what it takes to do the job successfully. Since the season started, it’s been more of balancing.

    “I have hired my assistant coaches since then, which is nice because they have been able to hold it down since I’ve been gone.“...


    ...Whalen said she has also spent some time picking the brains of Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve and Lynx assistants Shelley Patterson and James Wade as well as others to get a feel for the job.
    “I’ve been trying to understand a little more from a coach’s perspective on motivation, breaking down games, how to structure a practice,” Whalen said. “I’ve texted with a lot of friends within the business who have also offered a lot of advice.“

    The Golden Gophers cupboard is not bare.

    Minnesota finished 24-9 last season and lost to Oregon in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Three of the top four scorers — Kenisha Bell (20.0), Gadiva Hubbard (13.6) and Destiny Pitts (13.3) — return next season.
    “We graduated some key players, but I think we just have to set our foundation, understand what it takes every day in workouts and come together as a team,” Whalen said. “I’m looking forward to making sure we’re always working in the right direction.”

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    More national exposure: Whalen on OTL talking about her double duty.

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    that Whalen's coaching has ANYTHING to do with the Lynx level of play. No offense to Lindsay but she has likely been the weakest member of the starting 5 for a couple seasons. The rest are studs. I can't imagine everyone is in a funk because all they can think and talk about is Whalen's new gig. The Lynx have survived Whalen's injuries in the past... she is not the straw that stirs the drink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecoperson View Post
    that Whalen's coaching has ANYTHING to do with the Lynx level of play. No offense to Lindsay but she has likely been the weakest member of the starting 5 for a couple seasons. The rest are studs. I can't imagine everyone is in a funk because all they can think and talk about is Whalen's new gig. The Lynx have survived Whalen's injuries in the past... she is not the straw that stirs the drink.
    Agree with this. I know her shootings been down this year but she dont look much different to me than the last couple years. The big difference so far is the lynx bench is dreadful. They got worse in the offseason while every other team got better. If her coaching was gonna impact her playing with the lynx it would be starting now with the players just getting back on campus and summer workouts starting.

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    https://www.sbnation.com/wnba/2018/6...nesota-gophers

    My concern is less about the Lynx than it is Lindsay trying to do a full time coaching job as a part timer.

    Here's an SB Nation article (emphasis added):

    Minnesota Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen walked side-by-side with her head coach, Cheryl Reeve, ahead of her teammates into the tunnel at halftime with a six-point lead over the Washington Mystics. Rather than a player-coach talk, really, it was two coaches talking to each other.

    This year is much different for Whalen, who is not only playing her usual role as the starting point guard for the most dominant franchise in the league, but also beginning her first summer as the Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach.

    “Lindsay is on a whole other agenda,” her teammate and current MVP Sylvia Fowles told SB Nation. “She’s like a Player Boss Lady. I wouldn’t want her job, but that’s why she got it, because she’s good at it.”

    If you think Whalen’s job balancing her play as the starting point guard of a defending champion team with being the head coach of a Division 1 basketball team sounds tough... you’re right.

    Whalen hasn’t been in her office at Minnesota’s campus in nearly three weeks. As of Thursday night, she’d been on the road or playing in a professional basketball game for 16 of 18 days. Things haven’t gone the usual way for her team either, which is having one of its worst starts in recent memory. It’s been a whirlwind.


    Whalen’s been focusing on her rest as her team fights through a lengthy road trip. She has to pick when to run on overdrive and when to let the rest of her coaching staff take the reigns.

    “I think my first couple weeks I had tons of energy because I was busy all of the time,” Whalen said. Since then, things haven’t been the same. The point guard hasn’t looked her full self, shooting well below her typical percentages. She knows that.

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    Whalen hasn’t been in her office at Minnesota’s campus in nearly three weeks. As of Thursday night, she’d been on the road or playing in a professional basketball game for 16 of 18 days. Things haven’t gone the usual way for her team either, which is having one of its worst starts in recent memory. It’s been a whirlwind.


    Since you emphasized that quote, The last few weeks is the time most coaches go on vacations and take off from campus. Its a non viewing period so other than facetime/texts/calls, theres not much else to do. Also players werent on campus til this weekend. Now is when the player/coach is gonna be hard for her.

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    This season will be a real test.

    IMHO, this will be the defining year for Whalen. If she can wear two hats we will soon find out. She may not be the best of the starting five at this stage in her professional career, but she can still play a role. She is 36 and still playing is awesome. But, there comes a time when you have to let go and hang it up...
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    http://www.startribune.com/lynx-coac...ole/485410861/

    Cheryl Reeve says:


    Reeve then went on to describe some things she thought might be happening. All the players might not be putting the Lynx first, she suggested. “It’s not, ‘Minnesota Lynx No. 1,’” she said. “It’s like, 1A, and there is a B and C. That can’t happen. For this group it’s always been Minnesota Lynx No. 1. We didn’t share that spot with anything.”...

    ...Asked immediately about Lindsay Whalen — who is juggling both playing and coaching— Reeve defended her point guard.

    “She’s immersed in it,” Reeve said of Whalen’s coaching job at the University of Minnesota. “But when she’s here she does turn it off. I don’t think you can escape the idea of it being No. 1 and 1A, but that’s something we agreed to. And it’s not the root of our problem.”

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    Syl and Maya have to pick up their games. Whalen has always been a role player although an important piece. I think the loss of their super subs and the new bench not being in the flow yet has really hurt the Lynx. I hope Whalen will get energized with start of summer practices.

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    https://theathletic.com/391235/2018/...k-coyle-coach/

    Tyler Mason in the Athletic:


    The impact of Whalen’s hiring has not only given the university an emotional boost, but a tangible (and financial) one, too. In the two months since the news broke, the women’s basketball program has added more than 700 new season tickets to bring the total up to over 2,000 for the 2018-19 season...


    ...Roysland and Whalen kept in touch over the years. Whalen would sometimes drop by to watch games at Macalester, and Roysland would ask her former teammate about what she envisioned for a life after her playing career. Whalen mentioned some business opportunities as possibilities. Coaching was always an option, too, but Roysland wasn’t sure how much interest Whalen actually had in leading a program.

    The answer, it turned out, was quite a bit. And the opportunity to return to her alma mater and coach alongside Whalen was too good for Roysland to pass up.

    “When Lindsay talked about (how) the university changed her life and the path in which she’s taken in the WNBA and professionally, that really resonated with me,” Roysland said. “This place changed my life. It afforded me tons of opportunity. And now Lindsay giving me the opportunity to come back with her and help her is obviously — we’ve had a great relationship over the years, so to have her reach out, it meant a lot.”...

    ...“A lot of people have been asking our team, ‘How does she do that? How does your coach still play in the WNBA?’” said Destiny Pitts, who was unanimously named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year this past season. “She’ll be with the Lynx in the morning and then she’ll be with us in the afternoon. We’re in classes in the morning anyway, so we can’t really see it’s having a huge affect on us in a negative way. I’d say it’s all positive. Even though she’s doing both, she’s really open. She’s told us we can call her whenever we want to or need anything. I think that’s good.”

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