The Minnesota Lynx captured their fourth WNBA championship in seven seasons this past October securing the 2017 title at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, defeating the Los Angeles Sparks and series decider by a 85-76 margin. It was a winners take all WNBA Finals Game 5 affair. Odds to Win 2018 WNBA Championship: One for the thumb.
Minnesota’s championship victory was the franchises fourth title. The series win over Los Angeles ties them with the Houston Comets who won the first four WNBA titles. The Lynx Sylvia Fowles was named Finals MVP after recording a Finals-record 20 rebounds and 17 points.
The fourth overall title for the Lynx wasn’t easy. The eventual champs trailed the Sparks 1-0 and 2-1 in the best-of-five before closing the series with three straight wins.
Furthermore following the championship season the Lynx announced the team has signed Head Coach Cheryl Reeve to a multi-year contract extension. The league’s official website reported “Reeve has also assumed the role of General Manager and has announced the following updates to the team’s basketball operations staff for the 2018 season: Clare Duwelius has been promoted to Assistant General Manager while Assistant Coaches Shelley Patterson and Walt Hopkins have agreed to multi-year contract extensions. Assistant Coach James Wade remains on staff. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released.”
“I appreciate Glen Taylor’s confidence in me to continue to lead the Lynx organization,” said Lynx head coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve. “I’m thrilled with the strong and passionate staff we’ve assembled and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”
Especially relevant with the signing Reeve becomes the sixth dual Head Coach and General Manager currently in the WNBA. She joined Amber Stocks (Chicago), Curt Miller (Connecticut), Pokey Chatman (Indiana), Bill Laimbeer (Las Vegas) and Mike Thibault (Washington).
In conclusion Minnesota’s 2017 title triumph continued their streak of capturing the title in every odd-year since 2011. Minnesota (5-to-4) is the Las Vegas’ SuperBook’s “most likely” to break the odd-year trend and become the first WNBA team to repeat as champion since 2002.
Odds to Win 2018 WNBA Championship: One for the thumb.