Lin Dunn is headed to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and then retirement, but not before a few celebrations are given in her honor. Oh, and that little task of wrapping up the 2014 WNBA season.
The first event in Dunn’s honor is Wednesday when Seattle (4-6) travels to play Indiana (4-4) at 4pm PT on LiveAccess. It’s the second game of a back-to-back for the Storm, defeating Chicago on Tuesday.
Wednesday’s on-court celebration prior to the game bookends Dunn’s career in the WNBA. She was first hired to helped mold the Storm franchise into what it is today, drafting Lauren Jackson (2001) and Sue Bird (2002) during her tenure from 2000-02.
Who could forget the images of Dunn dribbling a basketball through downtown Seattle to garner season-ticket holders to secure the team? I have to thank her for the colorful quotes and endless history lessons to help develop me as a new women’s basketball reporter.
“It’s time,” Dunn, 67, said at a recent press conference. “44 years is a long time, it’s plenty of time and I’ve had some great experiences.”
Dunn, who also coached in the defunct ABL, won a championship with the Fever in 2012. It created one of her more memorable moments, taking the podium from President Obama to share her admiration for him and his family in Dunn’s signature humorous, southern flare. The Fever were in the midst of being honored at the White House for winning the title.
Congrats on entering the Hall, Coach Dunn.
Here’s the White House video: