Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve is not letting go of this "old" thing.
Las Vegas guard Kelsey Plum, the top pick in the 2017 draft, called the Lynx "old" during a halftime interview Sunday. After the Lynx won, Reeve poked fun at Plum in a tweet. Reeve brought the subject up again after Tuesday's victory over Seattle. And she talked, at some length, about it again after practice Thursday.
Here's some of it: "I know for sure it's what Kelsey Plum was hearing in the locker room from their head coach," Reeve said, referring to Bill Laimbeer. "Like, I know where it came from. She was repeating what she was hearing."
Reeve was nowhere near done. "I think we can't escape the idea that we have the second-oldest roster in the league [behind Phoenix]. But what baffles me is why we talk about age in such a negative way, when the champions from the last two years, the two teams that were in the Finals the last two years, were two of the oldest teams in the league."
She was referring to the Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks.
"You'd think there'd be a sense of 'these are seasoned veterans [beating us].' These young guns need to figure it out,'' Reeve said. "To me, to use 'old' in a derogatory way bothers me. We do this by design. Phoenix got their roster together by design, because they saw who wins games.
"I think you all need to get with it, embrace the idea that age, for us, has been a wonderful thing."