Web Editorial Associate
The 2017 season officially began for the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday afternoon at The Courts at Mayo Clinic Square.
The Lynx, filled with a mix of familiar faces as well as numerous newcomers, held their first training camp practice of the season.
“We talked a lot early on about half the group are newcomers and new to the WNBA. We talked early on about a lot of intangibles that make us great,” Minnesota head coach Cheryl Reeve said of the first day of training camp. “We shared with them what we are interested in accomplishing. The energy was really good.
“Overall, I think it was a group that enjoyed the day. As coaches, we were happy with most of what we say.”
For returning players, such as forward Maya Moore, Sunday was about get reuniting with her teammates and kicking the year off on the right foot.
“It’s not an automatic just because we show up to the gym, and we understand that,” Moore said. “We understand the fact that we have something special and we want to do everything we can to squeeze every drip from this awesome group that we have.”
For newcomers, such as Plenette Pierson, the first day of training camp helped her get acquainted with her new Lynx teammates.
“It feels like I have been on this team for 10 years. Just the vibe in here is great, it’s just very professional and everybody is ready to go to work,” Pierson said. “The pieces are definitely here. We have a great bunch of girls, we have a great bunch of vets and we are just all working trying to just get better every day.
“We have a great bunch of women and I’m just happy to be here.”
Natasha Howard and Rebekkah Brunson, who are still playing basketball overseas, we the only two players not in attendance for the start of training camp.
The Lynx will kick off preseason play at 7 p.m. May 5 against the Atlanta Dream at Xcel Energy Center.