Minnesota Lynx coaches Cheryl Reeve and Jim Petersen conducted yet another intense practice at the team practice facility on Saturday afternoon.
They had their players running sprints, practicing their crossovers and taking contested lay-ups on fast breaks. There was one crucial detail, however, that made this practice unique: everyone on the court was a fan.
The Lynx conducted their second annual fantasy camp this weekend, providing a totally immersive experience for 35 fans. Complete with strategy, film study and a chalk talk, the Lynx staff treated Saturday like one of their usual sessions.
Not many fans get a chance to come into our practice facility with our players, our coaching staff, and get the ability to run through some of the stuff we do every day in practice, Petersen said. Were trying to give them a full, 360-degree view of what its like to be a Lynx player.
Coach Reeve started the day off with a pep talk followed by warm-ups; the championship-winning head coach stuck around to provide feedback and instruction throughout the afternoon.
Its a one-day contract with the Minnesota Lynx, coach Reeve said. Weve got some young people, some older people, coming out to see what to see what its like to spend a day in the life of a Lynx player. Well put them through some practice drills, game situations, hopefully a lot of fun.
Besides the Lynx players who have overseas obligations for USA Basketball, the rest of the roster attended the camp as assistant coaches.
Its great fun, said Taj McWilliams-Franklin, a WNBA veteran who is known for her interaction with fans. I love being with the fans, showing a bit of what we actually do. Its not all fun and games. Its really cool for me, I enjoy it, being around fans. For me, this is my element, hanging out and acting silly.
Im going to do the shell drill the defense which is my forte. Im going to yell at them on defense to get down and get their knees bent and their hands active. I hope they understand how tough it is for us when they yell at us to hustle!
I want them to work as hard as they can and then Ill say good job.
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