The Art Of Media Day
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Rookies all across the WNBA will be forced to make adjustments to their game throughout the next season. Rookies on the Minnesota Lynx were forced to make adjustments in their game uniforms while on the basketball court on Thursday afternoon. The thing is, they weren't basketball adjustments.
On Thursday, the Lynx held their annual Media Day—forcing their young players to adjust to a whole new facet of professional hoops they hadn’t yet encountered.
"To be honest, I really wasn't expecting this," said first-round pick Lindsey Moore. "I had a feeling we'd be taking a lot of pictures, but it's crazy all of this stuff goes into Media Day."
There were plenty of things the players were required to do. Held at the Lynx practice facility, there were photo backdrops with cameras surrounding the gym from noon to 2 p.m. where team photographer David Sherman and other members of the Twin Cities media went to work.
Mark Remme, of LynxBasketball.com, hosted a show streamed online, which took questions from fans online to the players. On the other side of the court, there were green screens and the players recorded game promos and other types of videos.
"There's not much we can tell them from a preparation point," assistant coach Jim Petersen said. "The veteran players have been through it and it's something you need to get through—a good thing to get through. You get to reconnect with everyone. The players get to show their personalities in the promos and some other goofy stuff."
Petersen has been through his fair share of media days. Petersen played for three teams in nine NBA seasons and has coached with the Lynx since 2008.
"The veteran players have been through it and it's something you need to get through—a good thing to get through," Petersen said. "You get to reconnect with everyone. And it's good for the players to show their personalities in the promos and some other goofy stuff."
It was apparent that the team's second-round pick in 2013, Sugar Rodgers, was a bit thrown off, but she was having a blast in the process.
"First off, I wasn't thinking all of this would happen. It kind of brings me back to the draft day," the former Georgetown standout said. "I thought it would be a few poses here and there. And wow. Fans over there. Cameras over here. Media members over there."
"I don't even know what's over there," she said while pointing across the gym. "I'm pretty excited, though."
For what it's worth, she was pointing to where the promotional videos were being taken.
The event ran very smoothly, considering the amount of new faces the Lynx have on their roster. There was a sense of excitement in the gym considering the fact that this is the first time many of these athletes have been photographed and interviewed to this extent in one two-hour period. For Seimone Augustus, though, it was just another Media Day. Augustus has been through seven media days since being drafted No.1 overall in 2006.
"I told the team just to enjoy yourselves and have fun," Augustus said. "It's a long day. We get to meet with the media and take pictures and dress up looking beautiful. You have to enjoy it."
For veterans such as Lindsay Whalen, Rebekkah Brunson and Augustus, it was a day to talk to familiar faces on the media side of things. For others, it was their first chance to speak with people they hope to talk to for years to come, even if some do have a certain regional “Minnesota” dialect.
"I love the accent from you guys," said Jacki Gemelos, a California native. "I don't think I'll ever develop it, but yeah. I like it."
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