Q&A with Sun guard Lindsay Whalen
Whalen and Sun Ready to Go
With Matt Wurst, WNBA.com
The Connecticut Sun put a lot of stock
in point guard Lindsay Whalen
when they drafted her fourth overall in the 2004 WNBA Draft. And despite the enormous
expectations, she has not disappointed anyone, from Sun management, coaches and
teammates to her fans all across the country. As a rookie last year, she helped
lead the Sun to within a shot of winning a championship against Seattle. She has
been even better in 2005, developing into the catalyst and playmaker on a team
full of All-Star talent. The Sun finished with a franchise-record 26 wins and
the best record in the WNBA. Whalen averaged more than 11 points and 5 assists
per game and electrifieds arenas with her ability to drive, draw contact and finish
in style. But she is as cool and loose as ever heading into the 2005 Playoffs.
Q. So all season long you guys have been the best team and
fought hard at the end for that home court advantage throughout. Does it really
matter where you play?
Whalen: "Our team makes sure that we work hard while still having a good time, enjoying each other's company. There is a lot of room for fun, but the playoffs are the time of year that we work hard for and spend our time preparing for. It's about sharpening our focus a little bit."
Q. How does your
lockerroom differ before a regular season game versus a playoff game? Is the preparation
Q. Do you get nervous for
Q. How long did losing in last year's Finals stick
with you? Do you still talk about it or think about it personally or as a team?
Is it then harder to win with higher expectations that everyone has of you? Was
it easier as an underdog?
Whalen: "(Laughs) I think you remember when you make a good play, but you try not to think about it that much afterwards or go back just to watch it. It happened, it's over with. You have to think about what you're going to do next game and not get too caught up in the last one. Then you try to do stuff like that or force it, but you have to just allow it to happen in the game, and that happens when you are not thinking about it."
Is there one skill or trait that one of your teammates has that you wish you could
steal or adopt?
Q. The Shock were the one team this season that you guys struggled
with in dropping three of four to them, right? So are they just in your heads?
Q. Care to go out on a limb and make any predictions
for the Playoffs?
Q. How about in the East? Do you see yourself as the
team to beat?
Q. Now if you do win the championship, where is the parade
going to be? Through the shopping area at Mohegan Sun?
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