Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault apologizes for drilling into Minnesota Lynx travel issues

mystics Coach Mike Tebow apologized on social media to Minnesota Linux And coach Sheryl Reeve after comments he made about their travel problems at Sunday’s game in Washington, DC

Tybalt said he’s “sick of hearing” the WNBA’s travel delays and that he doesn’t feel sorry for Lynx.

“My apologies to LynxCoachReeve and minnesotalynx for my reaction to the question posed to me at the pre-match press conference today,” Thibault wrote on Twitter. “That’s not who I am and I should have answered the question without the added drama.”

The Lynx played back-to-back games Thursday and Friday in Minneapolis and Indianapolis, then had flight issues on Saturday that delayed their arrival until midnight due to Sunday’s 3 p.m. notice. They lost to the mystics 70-57.

Reeve said she called the league before Sunday’s game when the problems first started on Saturday, but no one answered initially. She said when the league finally responded to the team, he was suggesting alternative trips, which Lynx actually came up with.

“I’ve been in this league for a long time, and if you do it long enough, you’ll be in these situations,” Reeve said. “I think when it comes to the challenges that happen, it’s all about leadership and your ability to work collectively through this situation. Perhaps the biggest disappointment was the lack of response. From our point of view, there was no connection with Minnesota Lynx. It was a fiasco.

“It was later leaked to me, and there was a connection with Washington. I alerted the league that we might have a brewing problem because I didn’t want them to find out on social media. I don’t think it’s okay not to. I don’t get a response. I can’t control how others treat us… I thought we deserved more respect. We’re not happy because there was no regard for us.”

Tybalt was also asked about the NBA’s travel delays before Sunday’s game.

“I am tired of hearing their news,” Tipu said, rubbing his eyes with tears. “I’m sick of hearing it on Twitter. It happens to every team. And I get it. Every team wants to feel totally fresh. But they got here last night. They didn’t play yesterday. I know it’s a long day. But everyone is going through it.”

Thibow then spoke about his first year in the league, 2003, when he was a coach at Connecticut State. The Sun had a game in Cleveland that was canceled due to a power outage that affected many eastern states. The Sun took a bus to Connecticut, and the next morning, they took another bus to New York for an afternoon game at Madison Square Garden.

“No one felt sorry for us…and we won,” said Thibault. “We just didn’t talk about it with our players. This is just life. I’d like to feel sorry for that [the Lynx]. But I’m sorry, I don’t.”

Asked about the league’s call to Washington about the possibility of moving the game to Sunday evening, Thibault said: “We got close to a sale today, and it wasn’t like they arrived this morning. I know it’s been a long day to travel; we’ve all had them. We’re really in a position to accommodate them unless there are much more extenuating circumstances than there are now.”

However, after the match, Thibault posted on Twitter that he regretted the remarks, and Reeve responded on Twitter saying there were no hard feelings.

“It’s all right, coach,” I wrote On Twitter on Sunday evening. “We have years of respect behind us – this situation is not going to change that.”

Travel issues have become more prominent and frequent by WNBA players and coaches in recent years. The WNBA flies commercial for regular season games. The New York Liberty He was fined $500,000 for chartering flights for long-distance matches during the 2021 season, because he violated league rules.

Charters are usually not allowed out of concern that they might create a competitive advantage for teams whose owners can afford them. However, in 2019 the league added charters for playoff games where teams will cross multiple time zones with only one day between matches.

WNBA Commissioner Kathy Engelbert also announced ahead of the July 10 All-Star Game that the league will charter all flights to the WNBA Finals starting this year.

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