Printed on Might 14, 2021
Sylvia Fowles can’t await the 2021 season to start.
The three-time Defensive Participant of the Yr and the league’s all-time rebounding chief solely performed seven video games final season as a consequence of a calf damage, the primary time the 6-6 middle missed video games since she joined Minnesota in 2015.
“I’m wholesome,” she not too long ago declared to reporters through the group’s media day.
As one of many league’s dominant put up gamers, Fowles is predicted to revert to her outdated scoring self – she is 513 factors away from reaching 6,000 profession factors. Minnesota head coach Cheryl Reeve stated that she hopes to restrict the veteran’s minutes, holding her recent all through the season, a lot to Fowles’ chagrin. However the LSU alumna admits that she isn’t getting youthful.
“I may not should do an excessive amount of scoring as a result of I’ve scorers round me,” stated Fowles proudly.
In the course of the offseason, the Lynx was among the many league’s energetic golf equipment in free company. They signed capturing guard Kayla McBride from Las Vegas and guard/ahead Aerial Powers from Washington – each veterans are being counted on to unfold the ground. The group additionally added Natalie Achonwa from Indiana to supply frontcourt help.
“I’m wanting ahead to Natalie’s aggressiveness, AP’s power, and Okay-Mac’s capturing skill past the arc. All three gamers will assist me within the inside,” Fowles exclaimed.
The Lynx’s 2021 prime draft choose, Rennia Davis, was having a fantastic camp earlier than being recognized with a stress fracture and is sidelined indefinitely. Reeve envisioned the 6-2 rookie ahead from Tennessee becoming in and getting minutes, serving to to bolster Minnesota’s reserves corps, which incorporates guard Rachel Banham, forwards Bridget Carleton, and Jessica Shepard.
“That is undoubtedly a brand new state of affairs for me. I don’t miss video games or observe,” admitted Davis. Opposite to experiences that she maybe injured her foot throughout postseason play in her senior season, the participant as a substitute stated she has been coping with foot ache for a lot of the season. It solely acquired insufferable after she acquired to camp.
“I’ve been taking part in on it, and it harm right here and there…but it surely acquired fairly unhealthy the primary and second day of coaching camp,” she reiterated.
As deep and talent-laden the Lynx seems on paper to be this season, trying to enhance on final season’s stunning fourth-place end, shedding to eventual champions Seattle within the semifinals, the group continues to be lacking key items – Napheesa Collier and McBride are ending up their abroad play and most probably will miss not less than two video games as a consequence of league COVID protocols.
The Lynx re-signed guard Linnae Harper on Thursday.
Minnesota’s possible starters:
- C – Fowles
- F – Achonwa, Damiris Dantas
- G – Banham, Crystal Dangerfield
Prime reserves – Carleton, Shepard
Listed here are our 4 key questions this season for the Lynx:
- Can Dangerfield, final season’s Rookie of the Yr, construct on final season’s success, as did Collier, the 2019 ROY did. Reeve stated she needs the 5-5 guard to acknowledge defenses higher, get the ball to scorers and enhance defensively.
- Can Dantas, who had the very best season in her profession, show that final season wasn’t a blip.
- How a lot time will it take to completely incorporate Collier and McBride into the fold and never disrupt the chemistry Minnesota developed throughout camp. “I feel we will likely be OK,” stated Fowles.
- Can the Lynx, who undertook a severe retool, make a severe run on the championship after a few seasons: Oly Fowles stays from the group’s four-title successful run.
Minnesota opens the 2021 common season at house on Might 14 in opposition to Phoenix with restricted capability for season ticket members and followers on the Goal Heart. The sport will likely be televised on CBS Sports activities Community.
“We’re so excited to welcome again our followers to Goal Heart,” Lynx president of enterprise operations Carley Knox stated. “There’s lots to stay up for this season with the WNBA’s twenty fifth anniversary and taking part in in entrance of the very best followers within the WNBA. We’ve missed them and the power they create to ‘our home.”
Lynx followers can watch all 32 regular-season video games on both Bally Sports activities North (BSN), Bally Sports activities North PLUS, ESPN2, ESPN3, CBS Sports activities Community, NBA TV, Twitter, Facebook, and new this season, Amazon (Prime Video). See the total Lynx schedule here.