Cheryl Reeve Rumors
Taylor could make a popular diversity statement by naming hard-driving Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve to coach the Wolves. “I kid her about that, but I’m not making any changes — I’m talking to Cheryl, and we’re trying to put a really good team together for the Lynx right now,” Taylor said. “She’s planning on coaching them. “But,” Taylor added, “she’s an interesting person, isn’t she?”
The partnership with the Minneapolis Foundation will include Wolves coach Ryan Saunders and Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve serving on one of two advisory committees with oversight on directing funds to Fund for Safe Communities, which seeks to prevent violence, reform the criminal justice system and address systemic inequality.
Does Cheryl Reeve — with four WNBA titles in the last seven seasons with the Lynx and a reputation for being strong with both strategy and chemistry — ever think about coaching in the NBA? Reeve made it clear that she loves her current job and her team. But yes, she does think about it. And she should. “I would be lying to say no because the opportunity seems a little closer than it was five years ago,” Reeve, 51, said.
Cheryl Reeve: “I love the NBA, and I watch a ton of it. I feel close to it. I do get pretty locked in on what I’m doing. But every once in while when the topic comes up or I get asked about it, if the opportunity presented itself I would absolutely consider that.”
She said Hammon’s role in the NBA is part of the reason it feels more possible than it did in the past. Dialogue creates discussion. Opportunities lead to change. “In every other industry there are women leading men. If the military can do it … ” Reeve said. “But it’s the sports world, it’s a culture. And that needs to change. The sexist mindset is one that’s antiquated.”