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I was told last May that I would have the opportunity to write for the Minnesota Lynx basketball team and Lynxbasketball.com.

A band named Cinderella once said You dont know what youve got until its gone. Well, Im sure a lot of other people have said that before Cinderella, but they sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, so they win.

With that being said, that hasnt been the case when it comes to the Minnesota Lynx with fans and this writer. What they are doing is being appreciated, as it should.

From the very beginning, it was obvious that this was a top-class team and organization. And why wouldnt they be? They just made back-to-back WNBA Finals appearance, and have the 2011 trophy in the teams lobby.

My, oh, my, how time flies.

Here we are, 38 games later and the Lynx are in the WNBA Finals for the third straight season.

Womens basketball is as popular as it has ever been, and the Lynx have a lot to do with that. Maya Moore helped revolutionize the game during her years at UCONN and shes brought them into the pros. Seimone Augustus has moves that dont resemble that typical womens basketball stereotype that our culture has grown accustomed to.

If you talk to anyone who has watched a Lynx game this season, they will tell you immediately that those stereotypes arent justified. Just ask the mens practice team that practices with the Lynx a few times a week.

I am lucky enough to talk to those guys every day and every day its, oh, man, Lindsay is taking over right now.

Or Seriously, Maya? How am I supposed to stop that?

Or I really dont want to go up against Brunson. Want to switch?

The answer is no. Nobody wants to matchup against Rebekkah Brunson.

This is a team thats had a goal of making the Finals ever since the end of last season when Minnesota was eliminated by the Indiana Fever

. The team started off hot, eventually winning 10 straight, but then the team lost four out of five games and everyone was in panic mode.


I received emails questioning playing time and schemes. What Ive learned from watching basketball for the last 10 years of my life is this: There are very few good coaches out there. When you find one, dont question that coach, and sign them to a longterm contract.

This whole time, the Lynx had the No. 1 seed and after getting out of their slump, they rattled off 13 wins in 14 games and now here they are in the WNBA Finals for the third straight season.

How this team finishes in the Finals will have a major effect on how the team is perceived.

Im not sure what will happen over the next week. I do know that the Lynx defeated the Atlanta Dream in the 2011 Finals, but Atlanta has a new coach now. IThe team still revolves around Angel McCoughtry. In basketball (and life), anything can happen. We learned that last season when Indiana stunned everyone to beat the Lynx.

Regardless of what happens, this is a team that has worked hard to get where its at. Theres been plenty of leadership in times of need. So far, its been a learning experience being around this team. Work ethic. Hard work. Dedication. Sacrifices. Teamwork. Being nice to nerdy reporters.

These aren't things that just help basketball players, but things that help people in a number of things such as work, marriage and friendships.

How talented this team is is impressive, but its not the most impressive. This team is full of good, hardworking people.

Then again, maybe that's what makes them a good basketball team.

The Lynx tipoff against the Dream on Sunday, 7:30 p.m. at the Target Center. You can get tickets at Lynxbasketball.com.

Hope to see you there.
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