The University of Minnesota made a great move in hiring Lindsay Whalen, as their next basketball coach. Athletic Director Coyle, the robotic mouthpiece for University President Kaler (really the athletic director) got lucky in being able, to convince her to join the Gopher program. The funny thing is the search committee, hadn’t had a chance to meet before the hiring. Kind of shows the inefficiency, and lack of credibility, of a search committee.
The saga began in Hutchinson, MN., in 1995 when Lindsey was in 8th grade and started for the varsity. She led them to 3 consecutive conference championships, was all-state 4 consecutive years, highlighted by winning the state championship in her senior year.
She went on to the University of Minnesota, where she starred for 4 years and achieved the following:
All-time leading scorer, scoring average, free throws made, and %.
Top Five in assists, steals, 3 pointers made, 3 point %.
Led the Gophers to the Final Four in 2004.
Named Gopher MVP 4 consecutive years.
Avg. attendance in her freshman year, 1,087 to 9,866 her senior year.
On to the Pros, where she has spent 14 years in the WNBA, the last 7 years with the Minnesota Linx, leading them to 4 World Championships.
She is the absolute best pick they could have ever made. What it takes to be a good college coach is 1.) recruiting, and 2.) communication with your players, meaning you are current with what’s happening with the evolution of the game. She is and has been the poster child for Minnesota basketball for over 15 years. She already has some recruiting wins
With 14 years as a point guard in the WNBA, you know she has the X’s and O’s figured out.
Following game 3 of their first round playoff with Houston, after winning the game 122 to 104, the fans were as high, as they have ever been. It would be interesting to see, what season ticket sales, for next year, were sold. It was virtually impossible to get a ticket for game four.
Comments heard upon leaving the Target Center, after game 3, were:
“They figured Harden out, and should shut him down, for the rest of the series”.
“We’ve got 3 of the biggest future stars, in the league”.
“We’ve got 3 point shooters, we just had to give them a chance”.
“I’m getting season tickets next year”.
“Isn’t Teague great”?
Comments heard leaving Target Center after game 4, in which the Timberwolves lost by over 20, and gave up 50 points, in the 3rd quarter.
“We’ve got to get rid of Thibideau”.
“Their shot selection was horrible”.
“Can you believe the Timberwolves gave Wiggins a max contract”.
“Town’s looked like an uncoordinated high schooler”.
“There was no set offense, no coaching”.
“They don’t have anybody that can hit the three, regularly”.
The third quarter of game 3 with Houston, showed the Timberwolves, there’s a major difference between the regular season, and playoff basketball. The wolves could play with anyone during the regular season, and no one during the playoffs.
The really sad part was, they had an opportunity to build their fan base, if they had given the Rockets at least a competitive game.