First such honor for Lynx head coach/GM
The Minnesota Lynx took part in the WNBA playoffs for the ninth year in a row in 2019.
That stat might not seem too spectacular to some; after all, this is the same team that won four WNBA titles in seven years. But this year – and that WNBA-record ninth-straight postseason appearance – was different.
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Lindsay Whalen retired after last season. Maya Moore didn’t play this year. Neither did Rebekkah Brunson. Seimone Augustus appeared in only 12 games this year following knee surgery. Meanwhile, the rest of the WNBA is getting better and better.
And yet, the Lynx still made the playoffs. They finished with the same record as last year, too, when all of the aforementioned players saw the court for most if not all of the season.
What? How? Why?
Minnesota Lynx head coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve, that is, who on Wednesday was named the 2019 WNBA Executive of the Year. She won an incredibly close contest for the award voted on by her fellow WNBA basketball executives; the difference between her and Las Vegas’s Dan Padover was just one point.
“I am honored to have been chosen as Executive of the Year,” Reeve said in a statement from the team. “This award is a testament to the hard work of our talented staff. I am proud of the way our staff and players came together despite much adversity. Many thanks to Glen and Becky Taylor for their unwavering commitment to our team.”
While Reeve and her staff began rebuilding their team after winning their most recent title in 2017, they did the majority of their work in this past offseason. There are many factors that played a role in the Lynx’s success this year – and in their boss’s honor for it. Here are four: