https://theathletic.com/355361/2018...coach-gm-wnba-title-champions-lindsay-whalen/Sims is a little trash talker.
Iggy, since you subscribe to the Athletic, do you think you could reproduce the article where Reeve says something like “I don’t want to mess it up.” I think that meant she was nervous about her moves as a new GM. I’d like to see the specifics of what she was talking about.
Agree that Robinson is not an outside shooter but is obviously quick to the basket and shoots ok to about 18 feet. Jones is actually a very good outside shooter and will get more consistent with more playing time. She was a star at both Duke and Baylor. During her 2017 rookie year she shot 38% from three and actually shot 67% in the playoffs. With more game experience her shooting might turn out to be exceptional. We don't know yet about Miyem, she has not played any minutes. Wright can also shoot the three. Once they get more experience Ceci and Jones will be very good outside shooters and Wright will be good enough. They will more than make up for the loss of Rene at 36%, Perkins at 32% and slowing down by Seimone and Lindsay.The Lynx are in desperate need of young legs and 3 point shooting especially in their 2nd five. Robinson has never made a 3 point shot in her 7 year WNBA career if you can believe that!! Jones is a terrible shooter, Kiser can’t shoot a lick, Miyem can’t shoot. It really puts the Lynx at a disadvantage with respect to the Sparks and Mercury! One thing Wagner can do is shoot 3’s.
While we sometimes miss Howard it is not a slam dunk that we are worse off without her. There were salary cap issues and she wanted more time. At 27 minutes and 15 points a game this year she is not quite All Star level and probably benefits from attention given to Stewart. She has had 4 or more fouls in 9 of 12 games this year. Brunson is still looking pretty good defensively. Jury still out on how we will do rest of this year.Kizer has been so disappointing that the Lynx couldn’t really afford to bring back another guard. Miyem is the player they brought back but so far she hasn’t brought anything more than Kizer has. She was never a great rebounder overseas which is what the Lynx could use right now.
Zandalasini has been the most pleasant surprise, and they can use her at the shooting guard position. At 6’2 she can also do some spot time at PF.
Whalen just plays in those times where a savvy vet may be needed, however Reeve determines that.
The biggest blown move is letting Howard go. She’s gone onto to be an All Star level starter for SEA, and the Lynx are sitting there with Brunson who is already experiencing sore knees this early into the season, and with nobody that Reeve has confidence in playing behind her.
I miss Howard all the time, and it’s a two handed slam dunk that the Lynx are worse off without her. Notice how the teams have flip-flop their standings? No fluke.While we sometimes miss Howard it is not a slam dunk that we are worse off without her.
She wanted a decent contract, and SEA was smart enough to give it to her. Now they get the dividends.she wanted more time.
You can be MVP with 18-19 ppg, so that’s up there. The voters decide All Star and I’d say she’s popular enough to be included. To suggest she’s not comes off as sour grapes or denial.At 27 minutes and 15 points a game this year she is not quite All Star level
The Lynx have a couple MVP caliber players themselves.probably benefits from attention given to Stewart.
Reeve keeps talking about her knees being sore and how she needs to watch her court time. Disaster if she can’t play.Brunson is still looking pretty good defensively.
Not looking like a championship season. Maya would have to strap a cape on just for the Lynx to end up respectable this season.Jury still out on how we will do rest of this year.
Reeve didn't see it that way. That was a big problem. Felt they could get by with Kizer, who is now cut. The season still could work out, but making it a lot harder for the team. Laying even higher expectation on Maya and Fowles. They can't be perfect every game, and that's basically what it takes now to win.No need to accuse me of sour grapes. I like Howard a lot. I would certainly take her over Kizer this year.
This is the first year for Reeve making all the decisions, and I never liked the decision not to re-sign Howard. Still not liking it obviously. if you don't like to second guess, then don't. But also don't try to take away right to second guess.That is not the issue. I am not a fan that likes to second guess management decisions of a successful team.
We allowed it, huh? Aren't we just generous to other teams. SEA must have the money, because they pay max to Langhorne, who was also supposed to get the bulk of the minutes, but she was injured coming into camp, Howard took over as starter and hasn't looked back. That's how good she is. Giving up good young vets in their prime isn't the best way to keep a dynasty going.The reason we don't still have Howard is because she was stuck behind five starters that had each been an All Star and won multiple titles. Also, there is this thing called a salary cap and there are only forty minutes in a game. Which of our All Star players should we have taken money and playing time away from? Seattle had money and minutes available and we didn't so we allowed Howard to try for more success.
I guess you just answered your question above. You seem to think all the starters are irreplaceable and are worth their salaries, and then go on to say these "later career issues" are an excuse for losing.That, however, is NOT the major reason for our losses this year. Two things stand out. We have three players that are starting to reach later career issues.
This is the crux of the debate, did Reeve do a good job replacing these players? I'm saying no, should have made it a priority to keep Howard with Brunson likely retiring after this season. There was no keeping Montgomery, i understand that. But she's more easily replaceable than Howard. Did the Lynx have to pay max for DRob and give up a first round draft pick? Probably not, but I'm pretty sure you can have 7 max players on the team if you're frugal with the rest. A cheaper Kizer was Reeve's solution for losing Howard. It didn't pan out. That's a reality. It's a reality that might bite for a few years because Howard is obviously that good.We also have four second team players that have been replaced. Each of those takes new players spending time playing together in order to adapt. We lost four players that averaged over 10 minutes per game (Renee 22, Plenette 14, Howard 12 and Perkins 16). We replaced them with four other players averaging over 10 minutes (Robinson 18, Wright 18, Jones 13 and Ceci 11).
Oh, how's that? Are you saying Whalen has become a detriment to the team? Why is she on the team then? She has a great paying job.We are also replacing minutes and scoring from Lindsay.
They have recently lost two of the worst teams in the league in Indiana and Chicago, most likely because we can't keep up with the youth on these teams, and Maya & Fowles can't afford to have an off night.All is not lost. We have lost two home games and one away to the best two teams in the league (Pho and LA). We lost a buzzer beater away plus two other away games to good teams that played above their normal level. We are playing better together each game.
One of the chief reasons the Lynx have had great playoff success is securing that #1 seed every year for home court advantage. It means a lot. This year will likely be different.Better to do both but if I had to choose between having best regular season record or winning playoffs the latter is better. We still have a pretty good shot at that.
Wagner was in the 2018 training camp for the Minnesota Lynxes, but she currently has no obligations with them. Her plans now are to head overseas in September to play professional basketball in Zamora, Spain. “I’ll be there for about seven months,” said Wagner. “So it’s a long season. And then I’ll come back and try the WNBA thing again.” Wagner is looking forward to her first trip to Europe and to staying in the beautiful city of Zamora, which dates back to medieval times. “It is exciting. I’m kind of just dropping everything and heading over, and I’m just going to see what happens.”