WNBA coach responds to jacket-tossing
Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve received a long list of phone calls when she returned home from Wednesday night’s Game 2 WNBA Finals victory vs. the Indiana Fever in the WNBA Finals.
Two phone calls stood out the most.
The first phone call came from her mother, urging her to turn on SportsCenter to see the reaction from her meltdown that went viral on the Internet.
Frustrated with the officiating, Reeve angrily yanked off her jacket and threw it in frustration after receiving a technical foul by officials for complaining on a no-call on a Minnesota fastbreak in the third quarter. Assistant coach Jim Peterson had to restrain Reeve as she tried to confront the officials. Reeve thought point guard Lindsay Whalen had been fouled.
Reeve told USA TODAY Sports by phone Thursday that she didn’t have any regrets after watching the video on YouTube.
“When I watched the video (online), it brought me right back to how I felt during the game,” Reeve said. “I wasn’t happy with the officiating, I think I made that clear. I was fighting for Lindsay to get the call. When you’re in the moment, it’s not intentional. Two free points could be costly. I was trying to get our team fired up.”
Reeve’s emotion worked in sparking the team. Ignited by her technical foul and thrown jacket, Minnesota turned up the intensity in the second half to pull away for an 83-71 win in Game 2 that knotted the Finals series at one game apiece.
The second phone call Reeve received was a little more surprising. It came from former Detroit Pistons player Rick Mahorn, a member of the Detroit “Bad Boys” in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Mahorn’s phone call couldn’t have been more fitting given Reeve’s outburst. Reeve wouldn’t disclose what her and Mahorn talked about, but said her mother was “100% supportive of it.”
“That’s where I get my fire from,” Reeve said of her mother’s support. “I’ve always been that passionate of a coach. My players thought it was nothing new.”
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