Cheryl Reeve angry! Cheryl Reeve take off coat and hurl it at assistant coach! Cheryl Reeve get money's worth after technical foul!
That was roughly the reaction of Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve after she disagreed with a no-call as Lindsay Whalen was stripped of the ball while driving the lane. Her reaction after the referee gave her the technical, as you can see, was priceless.
In the grand scheme of sports coaches hurling items after disagreeing with a call, Reeve's was pretty tame.
There was Bobby Knight's consistent abuse of chairs.
Hockey coaches love to destroy sticks and toss them on the ice. Who could forget Jim Playfair of the AHL Abbotsford Heat having his own Hulk moment?
And then there's Lou Piniella. Oh, Lou Piniella...
See, Reeve's reaction was pretty mild when you really think about it. Heck, she nearly gave some lucky fan a free souvenir.
Oh, and the Lynx ended up winning the game, 83-71, evening up the series with the Indiana Fever at a game apiece.
For what it's worth, Fever coach Lin Dunn was also called for a technical during the game. Neither coach seemed particularly thrilled with how the game was officiated, and Reeve tried to diplomatically make that known after the game concluded (from the Associated Press via ESPN):
We've got a lot of league people here. It's the WNBA Finals. So we have to be really, really careful in the things that we say. Clearly, I wasn't happy in that moment. I'm not happy about how the game was officiated, period, but that's all I'm going to say about it.
You may not have been happy, Cheryl Reeve, but your tirade and jacket toss sure was fun for the rest of us.
Bobby Knight would have been proud.
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