The Minnesota Lynx have signed Cheryl Reeve to a multi-year contract extension, the terms of which were not announced. This is tremendous news. It keeps Reeve with the club where she has had amazing success for the foreseeable future.
Reeve has been head coach of the Lynx for six seasons, during which she has led the team to three WNBA championships and four WNBA Finals appearances. She is 140-64 overall in the regular season and a spectacular 29-10 in the playoffs.
Following a difficult first year in charge when the team went 13-21, Reeve has presided over the most successful WNBA franchise of this decade. The Lynx have successfully brought in stars through the draft (Maya Moore), and trades (Lindsay Whalen, Sylvia Fowles), and Reeve has molded them into a championship squad.
Now the Lynx face potential turnover in personnel as aging stars such as Whalen, Rebekkah Brunson, and Seimone Augustus will require quality depth and eventually replacements, and it will be up to Reeve to manage that process. We saw it begin this season with the emergence of players like Anna Cruz at point guard, Renee Montgomery at off-guard, and Dev Peters in the front court, particularly in the playoffs as the Lynx held off the Indiana Fever to win their third title in the Reeve era.
I can't think of anyone I would rather have in charge as the Lynx make the necessary changes and try to continue competing for championships than Cheryl Reeve. She has an excellent understanding of her players' strengths and weaknesses, and one of the things that has always impressed me about the Lynx is that they find a way to exploit those strengths and minimize the weaknesses. That's a testament to the coaching staff led by Reeve, and I look forward to many more years of smart, entertaining Lynx basketball under her leadership.