Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Minnesota Lynx Return to the White House; Will They Take Obama to the Court?

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Minnesota Lynx Return to the White House; Will They Take Obama to the Court?

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Maya Moore turned 25 yesterday. Think President Obama will have a birthday cake for her at the White House today?

Don't be surprised if the biggest hoops fan in the land makes mention of Moore's milestone while honoring the Lynx for their 2013 WNBA championship early this afternoon. The ceremony will be streamed live, starting about 12:45 p.m. Central time, via Whitehouse.gov or Lynxbasketball.com.

Moore has been to the White House so often she might as well have her own parking space and Secret Service code name. (I'm going with "Peach." Figure it out.) By her count, this will be her sixth visit since Obama took office 2009 -- two with the Lynx, two with NCAA championship teams from the University of Connecticut, one with Team USA after Olympic gold in 2012, and one individual event.

"It's crazy to think how many opportunities I've had in the last, shoot, six years, to be able to be part of championship teams that are able to go celebrate at the White House," Moore said. "It doesn't get old, though. It's a humbling experience.

"It's exciting. It's a chance for us to appreciate the people that help us to be able to do what we're doing here -- playing basketball on a professional level as women here in the states. It has a lot to do with people who have worked for this country, far before I even thought about playing basketball. It's a neat experience to step back and appreciate people who are working for us."

On her first trip, in 2009, Moore and her UConn teammates shot around with Obama on the White House court. The Lynx missed out on that two years ago because Obama had to fly to New York City for a Late Show with David Letterman taping and two campaign events. That disappointed Seimone Augustus, the four-time WNBA All-Star who would love to challenge Obama near the three-point line.

"I don't know if he wants that kind of trouble on his hands," Augustus said playfully. "We have some sharp shooters on our team. But he's pretty good, from what I've seen on TV and what I've heard.

"If he wants to take us to the court, I'm going to make sure to have some sneakers on, or something close to sneakers, so I can get out there and rough him up a little bit."

Both Augustus and Lynx Coach Cheryl Reeve want to meet First Lady Michelle Obama, who wasn't in town when the Lynx last visited, as well as the Obama girls, Sasha and Malia. Sasha turned 13 on Tuesday.

"I'm hoping we get a chance to spend some time with them," Reeve said. "More than anything, soak up the moment, enjoy it with each other, and make sure you take a lot of pictures."

The Western Conference-leading Lynx (8-1) were fortunate the date came early in the season and coincided with a trip east. It didn't fall that way last time. Reeve remembers this well: The Lynx flew to Washington, D. C. for the September 18, 2012 ceremony, then headed cross-country to Los Angeles to finish the season with three road games in four days. …

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