The Lynx opened their 2015 training camp Sunday in style, with the first practice at the newly constructed practice facility build for both them and the Timberwolves. The Lynx, you might recall, had to practice at a few different gyms during last year’s training camp because of construction work being done near their old practice court.
There were two courts, tons of amenities, fresh paint and a lot of impressed players and coaches. For example:
--“I don’t know if there is a better place in either league, the WNBA or the NBA, that boasts this square footage, the amenities,’’ coach Cheryl Reeve said. “It’s very meaningful to be able to walk onto our practice court and see both Timberwolves and Lynx branding.
--“It’s fitting for the team we have,” Maya Moore said. “We try so hard to be inspiring with how we compete and treat each other, and this facility definitely matches what we bring.’’
--“Now we have our own court, our own gym, our own locker room, film room,’’ Seimone Augustus said. “You name it, it’s in this facility.’’
OK. Here are some nuggets from today’s practice:
--Newly-acquired post player Asjha Jones, acquired in a trade to help fill the void left by Janel McCarville’s decision not to play this summer, did not practice today. Reeve said a “blood-count issue’’ was discovered during Jones’ pre-camp physical. “We want to monitor that,” Reeve said. “We held her out as a precaution today.’’ Jones said she was surprised to find anything wrong and didn’t think it was series. She said she’d been feeling a little tired lately. “We’ll figure it out,” Jones said. “I’ll be OK.’’
--Also not practicing today was Monica Wright, who strained a calf during warmups. She is day-to-day.
--Lindsay Whalen is being given the first few days of camp off because her European season went to late. She is expected to practice for the first time Wednesday.
--Amber Harris, out last season with a knee injury, appears to have come to camp determined to win a roster spot. Harris has dropped a significant amount of weight and looked to be in very good shape.
“It’s a great sign,” Reeve said. “She recognizes the opportunity she has in front of her.’’