It was on this day 22 years ago (Apr. 22, 1998) that the WNBA announced that the Minnesota Lynx would be one of two expansion teams that would join the league in 1999.
It’s safe to say that Minnesota fans were excited about professional women’s basketball. The first game against Detroit had 12,000 fans at Target Center.
The Lynx weren’t the Lynx that we know now to start. Very few expansion teams find success early.
In their first four seasons with Brian Agler (yes, that Brian Agler) at the helm, the Lynx were a combined 47-76 and missed out on the playoffs in each season.
Owner Glen Taylor, who is also the owner of the Timberwolves, took a chance on the Lynx in 1998. And while the team only made the playoffs twice in the first 12 seasons, the next nine seasons made it all worth it.
The Lynx became a dynasty in the 2010s, advancing to playoffs in nine straight seasons. That included six trips to the WNBA Finals and four championships.