Rebekkah Brunson played last season, but she played in just 11 games and it was noticeable that she was never 100 percent.
In those 11 games, Brunson averaged 7.2 points (2.5 lower than her season averaged) and 8.2 rebounds per game.
She’s penciled in to be the team’s starting power forward and after an offseason dedicated to getting healthy, Brunson is read to roar.
“Right now I feel better than I did last year, which is definitely a good thing,” Brunson said. “I feel good.”
Knee surgery limited Brunson last surgery and she also had knee surgery before this offseason, which made her decision to take the summer off that much easier. The knee surgery wasn’t the start of the problem for Brunson, though. She had been feeling the wear-and-tear of her knee for a few years now.
“It was an issue that I had been dealing with for a while, so surgery wasn’t really the starting point,” Brunson said. “There was a lot of things that happened before that that needed time.”
Brunson admitted that early on, she enjoyed being able to travel , see family, attend a few Timberwolves games and relax during her time off – but that didn’t last for very long.
“It was a long winter,” Brunson joked.
The Lynx and head coach Cheryl Reeve are getting into the tougher days of Training Camp. Things will be ramped up a bit and with a roster with 12 players with less than five years of experience on the roster, it’s very important to have veterans like Brunson to guide them.
“”This job would be really, really hard if I didn’t have the caliber of player that we have,” Reeve said. “… Without them, my job is much, much harder.”
Nobody is really sure what to expect out of Brunson this offseason, but she was one of the first players to start working out at the Practice Facility before Training camp. Reeve thinks her former All-Star is back for 2015.
“It was strange last year to not see Rebekkah in that way,” Reeve said. “I was really excited before camp that she was ready to go.”
Newly-acquired forward Asjha Jones was at today’s practice. She’s got a chance to fill in at center for the Lynx this season.
Monica Wright and Damiris Dantas hosted a Reading Time Out as part of ‘Lynx Cares’ events. It occurred at Jenny Lind Elementary. Expect a video on the website soon.
Brunson is a big of the new practice facility at Mayo Clinic Square: “It’s amazing. Like you guys can see, it’s a step up from what we were doing – several steps up… Hopefully it will mean we’ll go far this season.”