Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 3/30/12
MINNEAPOLIS Years ago, as an assistant with the Detroit Shock, Cheryl Reeve would often debate the importance of female coaches in the WNBA with head coach Bill Laimbeer. This was ten years into the league's existence Reeve coached in Detroit between 2006 and 2009 past the initial wave of female coaches and their replacement by men with NBA pedigrees, when the future of female coaches was hazy at best. It wasn't that Reeve, who became the second female head coach to win a WNBA championship with the Lynx in October, wasn't happy working under Laimbeer. She was pleased with his system in Detroit, but even so, Reeve was adamant that she wanted to see more opportunities for women to coach in the league. Laimbeer didn't disagree, but he countered. Reeve said her boss would always point out the league's relative youth, that female assistants were building the experience necessary to eventually take over. They didn't discuss specifics, things like timeframes and the extent to which s...
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