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ABADays
07-08-2008, 09:09 PM
Lin Dunn should be fired after this abysmal second half. There are two all-stars on this team and the Fever blow a 15-pont second half lead. 19 SECOND HALF points.

I suppose it really doesn't matter. It would just be a massacre in the playoffs anyway. They get attacked by teams like Detroit and have no clue how to respond.

duke dynamite
07-08-2008, 09:14 PM
I don't really like her. I don't see why they got rid of Winters.

Plus, her voice annoys me.

grace
07-09-2008, 08:31 AM
I tried going into the season with an open mind where the coach was concerned. I went to the first home game and wasn't the least bit impressed with how she handled the game. I'm assuming it was Kelly Krauskopf's bright idea to fire Brian Winters. As far as I'm concerned she should be fired along with Lin Dunn.

Ownagedood
07-09-2008, 07:38 PM
Ya, right now the Fever should be up there around the #3 in the league area.. But so far we are looking at battling just to get into the playoffs.. Get her outta here!! PLEASE!!

TheSauceMaster
07-15-2008, 01:49 AM
I tried going into the season with an open mind where the coach was concerned. I went to the first home game and wasn't the least bit impressed with how she handled the game. I'm assuming it was Kelly Krauskopf's bright idea to fire Brian Winters. As far as I'm concerned she should be fired along with Lin Dunn.

I couldn't agree with you more. The Fever seem to be losing large leads frequently this year.

Shade
07-19-2008, 01:22 PM
I couldn't agree with you more. The Fever seem to be losing large leads frequently this year.

Add another to the list. 17-point lead blown to Seattle.

grace
07-23-2008, 02:14 AM
I'd like to thank Rick Mahorn for taking the spotlight off the fact that the Fever just lost to friggin' Chicago. Good lord this team is crap!

ABADays
07-23-2008, 12:41 PM
There is no way Dunn can survive this.

Shade
07-23-2008, 12:47 PM
Dunn = Dakich

grace
07-23-2008, 02:42 PM
Dunn < Dakich

Fixed.

grace
07-23-2008, 02:43 PM
There is no way Dunn can survive this.


If it was up to me she wouldn't be back after the Olympics.

ABADays
07-23-2008, 06:00 PM
If it was up to me she wouldn't be back after the Olympics.

There ya go. And I'm not so sure that won't happen.

Shade
07-23-2008, 07:38 PM
If it was up to me she wouldn't be back after the Olympics.

If it was up to me she never would have been hired in the first place.

grace
07-24-2008, 08:25 AM
If it was up to me she never would have been hired in the first place.

I never thought they should have gotten rid of Brian Winters in the first place. What I want to know is did they even interview anyone besides Lin? You would think that a team with Tamika Cathings would be a team people would want to coach.

travmil
07-24-2008, 09:33 PM
And another lead slips away. They led by 9 with three minutes to go and lose in OT. They didn't hit a field goal in the last 7 minutes of the game. At the end of regulation, how does Tan White end up taking the last shot on a team with Katie and Tamika?

Kuq_e_Zi91
07-24-2008, 09:37 PM
Goes back to the coach drawing up the plays.

duke dynamite
07-24-2008, 11:56 PM
4th loss in 5 games, this is not good. Fire the coach. NOW!

travmil
07-25-2008, 12:06 AM
4th loss in 5 games, this is not good. Fire the coach. NOW!

It's not just the losing. It's the way they are losing. The 4 losses in 5 games, they had 4th quarter leads in all 4 of them. It's becoming painfully obvious that Dunn freezes up and goes into a prevent defense. She plays not to lose instead of playing to win and that is a FATAL flaw when you have a team that is a contender. I'm absolutely certain that if Winters were still around this team would be on fire.

Shade
07-25-2008, 10:31 AM
It's almost comical at this point. Reminds me a lot of the IU basketball team this past season. Only worse, because Dunn has no massive chemistry issues (as far as we know) to deal with.

ABADays
07-25-2008, 01:41 PM
Wow - just think of what it might look like if we weren't fortunate to have this homestand. Oh wait - sorry it didn't matter did it. Stick a fork in them. Dunn managed to do in half a season what it took a whole season to do last year.

Aw Heck
07-25-2008, 03:41 PM
While I agree that Dunn definitely needs to go, I can't put this last loss totally on her. The Fever, for the most part, played well all game.

What did them in was the Lynx going to the line 36 times, while the Fever only went 16 times. I can't recall the Lynx making a lot of FG's in the 2nd half, but I can recall them going to the line almost every other possession. Some of that is partially bad defense and dumb fouls by the Fever. But the refs (as usual for a WNBA game) were horrible. They really could have let a few of those calls against the Fever go and they certainly let the Lynx get away with a few things on the other end as well.

grace
08-26-2008, 08:30 AM
Well, the Fever have a game Thursday and as far as I know that worthless pile of :censored: Linn Dunn is still the coach. :mad:

ABADays
08-27-2008, 01:26 PM
If I'm not mistaken the Fever would have to make up 3 1/2 games with 8 left to make the playoffs. Um - riiiiiight.

duke dynamite
08-29-2008, 01:04 AM
26 point loss. Totally unacceptable. Something has to be done.

Spirit
08-29-2008, 01:20 AM
I'm not the biggest Fever fan yet but I already think our coach sucks.

grace
08-29-2008, 12:11 PM
Sucks doesn't begin to describe how terrible she is. This is harder to take than the first year when wins were a pleasant surprise.

ABADays
08-29-2008, 12:55 PM
26 point loss. Totally unacceptable. Something has to be done.

The opportunity was there to do something during the Olympics. It wasn't so why should I care if TPTB don't. I think this whole season has been a serious blow to this franchise.


Way to answer the bell everyone.

Roaming Gnome
08-29-2008, 01:52 PM
Well, this is the best thing that can happen because watching them make a run only justifies Lin Dunn keeping her job. On the other hand, this only increases empathy with an already thin fan base.

Is this franchise going to make it?

grace
08-31-2008, 09:00 PM
Is this franchise going to make it?

No.

duke dynamite
09-01-2008, 01:25 AM
The opportunity was there to do something during the Olympics. It wasn't so why should I care if TPTB don't. I think this whole season has been a serious blow to this franchise.


Way to answer the bell everyone.

I really don't think it's directly the players' fault. The talent is there, it just isn't being utilized like last year.

Shame on Lin Dunn.

Spirit
09-02-2008, 10:51 PM
Woot 2 game winning streak!

grace
11-01-2008, 09:47 PM
Somehow Lin still has her job. There's a Q&A with her on the Fever website. I couldn't make myself read past the second question. The typo was too much to take.

http://www.wnba.com/fever/news/dunn_qnadq_part_1_081020.html


FeverBasketball.com: Let’s start with the hard question first … how do you answer the critics who say the Fever “underachieved?”
Lin Dunn: We expect to challenge for the Eastern Conference championship every season. If we are not playing for the championship I am disappointed! It is very hard to clearly evaluate what we achieved this season. We had no idea going into the 2008 season how Catch's injury and recovery from Achilles surgery would affect us. We were not sure how the trade and having nine new players would impact us. We did not know Douglas would finish the season with a knee injury or how the Olympic break would impact us, in particular Tully leaving early and missing the last four games before the break. We won 17 games, won the series against all our East opponents except Detroit, made the playoffs and took Detroit (the eventual World Champion) to three games. We have much to be proud of and much to build on for the 2009 season!

FB: Were the expectations for the 2008 season set to high?
LD: We ALWAYS set expectations high for the Fever. As I said before, we expect to play for championships.

FB: You never had the benefit of a consistent lineup. What is the prognosis for injury situations with Tamika Catchings and Katie Douglas?
LD: We also never had the benefit of consistent time to practice together, in particular with nine new players and a new system we were trying to implement. I believe we had a total of five practices the entire season where all five starters were available the entire practice. We do expect both Katie and Catch to be fully recovered from their injuries for 2009 and we are looking forward to everyone being healthy and not having an Olympic break.

FB: One month removed from the season and knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently?
LD: I would have found a way to heal Catchings quicker and figured out a way for Tully not to leave for the Olympic break early! I also would not have let Douglas hurt her knee in the Phoenix game before the Olympic break. I would have had at least one starter in training camp.

FB: This was your first head coaching venture since your time with Seattle from 2000-02. What was different for you?
LD: The main challenge is adjusting back to being in charge, making the decisions versus giving suggestions as you do as an assistant. A big difference here in Indiana is that we have much more talent now than we did when we were building an expansion team from nothing in 2000. There is no greater challenge in any sport than building an expansion team.

FB: What are key areas that you think Indiana needs to improve for 2009?
LD: We must continue to improve our rebounding; we must improve our scoring. We need to average 78-80 points a game and improved shooting, both from the floor and the free throw line, will help--as will continuing to "push" the ball. We need to continue to implement the style and system offensively and defensively that we would like to play. And we must improve our overall team defense. I thought our defense slipped in 2008 and I know having nine new players was a factor. However, defense will always be our foundation.

FB: What are a couple of things that you thought the Fever did well in 2008?
LD: I thought we started the season extremely well--we had to over-achieve early without Catch being available. Several of our players improved their overall play, particularly Ebony Hoffman. Catchings' shooting percentage from 3-pt line improved dramatically, and she finished third overall in the league. Tan White was in double figures 13 of the 15 times she started. We faced a lot of adversity, injuries etc., yet we finished the season winning six of our last nine games and won the series over all of our east opponents except Detroit.

FB: Which is more significant for Fever success in 2009 – trade/free agency, or the college draft?
LD: I think they all are very important. We need to keep our core and build our system. We had a great deal of change in 08. We need stability now and we need to add a key player from the draft. We should be able to do that with the seventh pick. I also think, perhaps, one trade may also help us. I don't anticipate many changes in 2009.

FB: Can you identify two specific needs to be addressed via either trade, free agency or the draft?
LD: I will recommend to Kelly Krauskopf that we evaluate our point guard position and our plan for the future at that spot. I will also recommend we improve our depth in the post. Those would be my two areas to address first.

FB: How will the dynamics of the team be changed from last season?
LD: I don't think there will be any major dynamic changes. We will continue to grow our system and get more comfortable with our new group, players as well as staff. And we will build on what we accomplished in 2008.

FB: What is a benchmark for success in 2009?
LD: We expect to play for championships! We will always set our goals and expectations very high. We expect to improve in all areas from 2008!

FB: Does the Fever need to become more physical to compete with the likes of East rival Detroit?
LD: I think the Eastern conference is more physical than the west and yes, I think we need to be more physical, tougher. We have some finesse players, but we also have players that can match other teams physicalness. I would like to have a few more.

Shade
11-02-2008, 10:29 AM
Like Lynch at IU, the Fever will remain listless until Dunn is gone.