This past spring, Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn announced she'd be retiring at the conclusion of this year's WNBA season. She has been coaching for 44 years, at both the collegiate and professional levels. I sat down with Coach Dunn last night to talk with her about her future plans, and her perspective on the sport after so many years.
Editor's Note: This is the fifth in a series of profiles on the six players, coaches and contributors who will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on June 14 as part of the Induction Class of 2014. The 1976 U.S. Olympic Team will also be honored as "Trailblazers of the Game."
Trace your finger down Lin Dunn’s resume, and the legacy that earned her a place in the 2014 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is quickly revealed.
Editor's Note: Lin Dunn, head coach of the reigning WNBA champion Indiana Fever, Fever forward and 2011 WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings, and the Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry, the league's leading scorer this season, took time out from practice Wednesday for a media teleconference to share their thoughts on their upcoming Eastern Conference Finals series, which tips off today in Atlanta's Phillips Arena at 7 p.m. EDT, airing on ESPN2. ESPN analysts Carolyn Peck and LaChina Robinson also weighed in. Here are some highlights from what they had to say.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Indiana Fever visited the White House Friday where President Barak Obama officially congratulated them on their 2012 WNBA championship. It was not, however, the first trip to the White House for Fever coach Lin Dunn, who had last been there as a Girl Scout when she was in fifth grade.
“I won’t say which administration that was,” the president teased, for which Dunn thanked him.
NEW ORLEANS -- Lindsey Moore (Nebraska), Layshia Clarendon (California) and Kelly Faris (Connecticut) all helped their WNBA prospects with their NCAA Tournament runs. At least that was the opinion of Indiana head coach Lin Dunn as she and three of her peers – Tulsa’s head coach and general manager Gary Kloppenburg, New York’s head coach and GM Bill Laimbeer and Washington’s head coach and GM Mike Thibault – as they spoke to the media Thursday in the runup to Monday’s 2013 WNBA Draft.
• Everybody wants to hug Tamika Catchings because she finally won a WNBA title, but how about Lin Dunn? She endured two horrible seasons in Seattle – and drafted Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson as a result – and then got fired. She’s worked her way around the league and up the ladder, but unlike Catchings, hasn’t been inundated in awards and fan appreciation.
So yes, congrats Tamika – but a big shout out to Lin Dunn as well.
INDIANAPOLIS -- It's been a long time coming, this shiny silver trophy. They've gathered in the lobby of Bankers Life Fieldhouse to celebrate as rain has driven the festivities indoors, cancelling the planned parade. But the weather has done nothing to dampen the spirits of the fans who have taken time out in the middle of their workday or of the team whose ultimate success, so long in arriving, they have assembled here to salute.
The most overemphasized aspect of basketball is Xs and Os. Very seldom does game strategy have much to do with the outcome, as teams are usually incapable of making tactical shifts on the fly and often reluctant to try.
Except for the Indiana Fever's Lin Dunn, who in the 2012 WNBA playoffs, has produced some of the most successful strategic and tactical postseason adjustments of any coach at any level, men’s or women’s.
During the WNBA Finals, Full Court Publisher Lee Michaelson will be courtside covering each and every game.... In addition she will have this running tally of interesting news, sightings and observations on various gameday happenings.
As most have predicted since before the season even began, the Minnesota Lynx are back in the WNBA Finals, bringing with them the best record in the league and poised to defend their 2011 title. If they succeed, they will be the first team to accomplish that feat since the Los Angeles Sparks took home back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002.