Practice Report: Tuesday, July 25
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With a sizable break on their hands, the Minnesota Lynx players and staff who did not make the trip overseas have been finding ways to relax and mix up their usual practice routine.
“We got back to work this week, but we had a day of yoga yesterday, and tomorrow’s pilates,” coach Cheryl Reeve said. “We’re mixing things up. Every day in practice is a little different, pulling up some of the old drills. We’re trying to keep variety.
“At the same time, we don’t leave our staples, which is a delicate balance. That’s what we’re trying to do. They’ve worked hard, and it seems like they’re having fun.”
Taj McWilliams-Franklin echoed her coach. “Coach does a good job,” the veteran forward said. “Pilates are tomorrow, and yoga was hilarious. I wish I was allowed to film some people. There was Zumba, stuff out on the water, and I wanted to do paintball… just some things to make it fun.Team-oriented things make us more solid and (bring us) closer together.”
As a mother, McWilliams-Franklin managed to find some time last week to relax with her three children.
“We spent all day at the water park and all day at the Mall of America,” McWilliams-Franklin said. “The aquarium, too. I don't really get regular breaks like everyone else, because I'm still a mom.”
Reserve guard Monica Wright used some of her time off to visit family, but she discovered that her mind was quickly focused back on basketball before long.
“I was able to go home,” Wright said. “I went to Florida for a couple days and got my mind off of basketball for a little bit. As soon as I was able to get my mind off it, I started thinking about it more, and I was ready to get back.
“It's always good to have a change. We're just going to enjoy this break and enjoy getting better.”
The players are finding ways to stay connected with their teammates who are representing their country in London, and you can bet that they will be monitoring this summer’s games very closely.
“I send text messages to everyone,” McWilliams-Franklin said with a smile. “I sent a bible verse to Maya and a text to Seimone. I sent a message to Lindsay because I didn't get to see her before she left… I'll probably email her tonight and make sure everything is going well.”
Wright wanted to make the trip to see her teammates compete, but her obligations with the Lynx have limited her to watching from home.
“I wanted to go, but we have to be here,” Wright said. “I talked to Seimone the other day, and they are all excited and enjoying the ride. I think she was checking up on us — I think she misses us. I'm proud of her, man. I'm proud we have three players on the team that are representing us really well.”
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