Nearly a year after winning the WNBA championship, the Minnesota Lynx are finally making a long-planned trip to the White House.
The Lynx won the title last October after sweeping the Atlanta Dream in three games. But with three Lynx players in the Olympics this summer and President Barack Obama's busy schedule, the team could not schedule a meeting until today — nearly a year after winning the WNBA championship.
"It's going to be exciting for some of the players who have never met him, and all the great things that go along with the tour, and seeing the White House and getting to talk with him one on one," said Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Lynx forward.
The president is an avid basketball fan and player, however the team said there is no time in the schedule for shooting hoops.
It's an honor to represent the WNBA at the White House, said Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, on the court at Target Center just before Monday night's game.
"It's a special day for us, honoring a special season. To be standing there with the president, it's going to be awfully exciting," Reeve said. "We'll get our one-on-one time with him. It's one of those days that you don't forget for a very long time."
This season, the Lynx are in first place in the WNBA's western conference and also lead the entire league in wins.