Whalen & Co. on Lynx ready to defend WNBA title

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said having the point guard back on the floor makes practice better for everyone.

hide

Ex-Gopher Lindsay Whalen is back with the Lynx after playing overseas. She’ll be 30 Wednesday.

Photo: Jerry Holt, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

She was the only player at Friday's Lynx practice without a number on her jersey.

Not that Lindsay Whalen needed one. Everyone knew who she was.

The veteran point guard, No. 13 in case anyone forgot, looked sharp at her first preseason practice in the last 30 minutes -- that's all the media is permitted to watch. Except, ugh, maybe on that no-look pass a new teammate of hers didn't anticipate.

Whalen has been in Minnesota for a week, after playing her last game in the Czech Republic on April 24.

"Coach really understands our bodies. I got a week off," Whalen said, referring to Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve. "But I still worked out a little, because I didn't want to be too out of shape."

Reeve said practice was better with Whalen on the floor at the Lifetime Fitness Center underneath Target Center.

"When you add the best point guard in the league to the mix," Reeve said, "you have an overall comfort level at every position. She just knows what she is doing. A great leader."

Whalen was named to the All-WNBA first team last season when she averaged a league-high 5.9 assists per game and led the Lynx to their first league championship.

"This is my third year here playing with Seimone [Augustus], second year with Maya [Moore]," Whalen said. "You kind of pick up where you left off because that's what happens when you have an unselfish team.

"When you have everyone who is willing to make the pass, and willing to play defense and play hard. That's how we were able to do so well last year."

The Lynx went 27-7 during the regular season in 2011, and 7-1 in the playoffs.

"I feel like we are all ready for another good year," said Whalen, a former Gophers All-America player. "I feel good. [I'll] get the legs back, get a little cardio going after the first couple of days here. I know coach will be on us and checking everybody."

Whalen had surgery on her left ankle for bones spurs a week after last season ended. Then, after rehabilitation, she played for USK Praha for the fifth offseason season. Her team won the Czech League title.

"It is a grind, but it is a fun grind, a great job," said Whalen, who turns 30 on Wednesday. "I really don't have an complaints. I love it. I am not thinking about retirement yet."

What is on her mind is the Summer Olympics in London. She, Augustus and Moore are all on the U.S. team and will be taking part in a national team mini-camp May 11-13 in Seattle.

"When we get there, we will be working on our USA stuff," Whalen said. "Right now, we are working on Lynx stuff. It will be a busy summer."

Augustus also reported to Lynx training camp for the first time Friday.

The Lynx return five starters, four of whom were WNBA All-Stars, and four of six reserves. The team's first exhibition game is May 10, and the season opener is May 20 against Phoenix at home.

"We are getting a couple more [players in camp] tomorrow and a couple more Sunday and Monday," Whalen said. "It will be great to finally see everybody together. If we use every day really well, despite the fact people are coming in late, we will be all right."

Whalen never was someone to brag.

  • LYNX TRAINING CAMP

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Buffalo 12/28/14 12:00 PM
New England
Cleveland 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Dallas 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Washington
Indianapolis 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Jacksonville 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Houston
San Diego 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
NY Jets 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Chicago 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 12/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
New Orleans 12/28/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Carolina 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 12/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 12/28/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 12/28/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA
Toronto 110 FINAL
LA Clippers 98
Boston 88 FINAL
Washington 101
Orlando 102 FINAL
Charlotte 94
Memphis 103 FINAL
Miami 95
Indiana 110 FINAL
Brooklyn 85
New Orleans 100 FINAL
Chicago 107
Atlanta 90 FINAL
Milwaukee 85
Philadelphia 71 FINAL
Utah 88
New York 117 1st OT 4:49
Sacramento 117
Minnesota 70 4th Qtr 6:50
Golden State 96
NY Islanders 3 FINAL(SO)
Buffalo 4
Detroit 3 FINAL(OT)
Ottawa 2
Carolina 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay 2
New Jersey 1 FINAL
NY Rangers 3
Boston 2 FINAL
Columbus 6
Winnipeg 4 FINAL(OT)
Minnesota 3
Washington 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 0
Dallas 4 FINAL
St. Louis 3
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Nashville 4
Anaheim 1 FINAL(SO)
Arizona 2
Chicago 5 FINAL
Colorado 2
Edmonton 1 3rd Prd 1:01
Calgary 4
San Jose 1 3rd Prd 3:50
Los Angeles 3
Indiana 87 FINAL
Georgetown 91
Maine 43 FINAL
Seton Hall 72
UNC-Wilmington 82 FINAL
Minnesota 108
Georgia State 61 FINAL
Green Bay 78
Jacksonville St 61 FINAL
Jacksonville 75
Kentucky 58 FINAL
Louisville 50
Northern Ky 55 FINAL
Northwestern 76
UAB 58 FINAL
North Carolina 89
IUPUI 55 FINAL
Pepperdine 53
Santa Clara 60 FINAL
St Marys-CA 73
Oakland 56 FINAL
Maryland 72
Gonzaga 87 FINAL
BYU 80
Mercer 77 FINAL
Georgia 86
San Francisco 77 FINAL
Pacific 71
Wright State 55 FINAL
Ohio State 100
Presbyterian 65 FINAL
Virginia Tech 87
Brescia 42 FINAL
Western Ky 89
Tennessee St 46 FINAL
Tennessee 67
Kennesaw St 45 FINAL
Illinois 93
Colorado State 58 FINAL
New Mexico St 57
Portland 61 FINAL
San Diego 58
Wayland Baptist 63 FINAL
Utah State 75
Bristol University 59 FINAL
Weber State 109
Sacramento St 74 FINAL
Utah Valley U 49
Southern Utah 45 FINAL
UNLV 79
SD Christian 50 FINAL
San Diego St 72
Illinois 18 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 35
Rutgers 40 FINAL
North Carolina 21
NC State 34 FINAL
UCF 27
Cincinnati 17 FINAL
Virginia Tech 33
(15) Arizona State 36 FINAL
Duke 31
Miami-Florida 21 FINAL
So Carolina 24
Boston College 30 FINAL
Penn State 31
(25) Nebraska 42 FINAL
(24) USC 45
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Houston 1/2/15 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Iowa 1/2/15 2:20 PM
Tennessee
(11) Kansas State 1/2/15 5:45 PM
(14) UCLA
Washington 1/2/15 9:15 PM
Oklahoma State
East Carolina 1/3/15 11:00 AM
Florida
SMU 45 FINAL
(2) Connecticut 96
UCF 64 FINAL
Houston 50
BYU 62 FINAL
Gonzaga 78
Pacific 92 FINAL
San Francisco 54
St Marys-CA 62 FINAL
Santa Clara 61
San Diego 87 FINAL
Portland 65
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close