Real-life sisterhood at heart of Lynx success

Whether it's a newcomer from overseas or an incoming veteran, everyone seems to say the Minnesota Lynx are different than most of the teams they've played on.

Sure, they're champions, but players say it's more like a sisterhood than a business--a distinction that makes all the difference.

"I think it's really rare," said Lynx forward Cecilia Zandalasini. "It's not a thing you can take for granted."

Part of that sisterhood--some say the best part--is watching your family break off and accomplish their own goals. Never has that been more evident than in the team's support for Lindsay Whalen, who recently became the Gophers women's basketball coach in addition to her role on the Lynx.

"I'm not gonna lie, it's been kind of weird watching your sister go off and make her way into the real workd," Lynx forward Seimone Augustus said. "I hear some conversations, and she's actually really good [at coaching]. Not that I'm saying I thought she'd be bad, but I never expected that level of professionalism--everyone at the U of M better watch out."

So if you're looking for a reason the Lynx have seen unusual success over the past few years, players say to look no further than their mutual love and respect for each other.

"It's genuine love," Lynx center Sylvia Fowles said. "We really are like sisters."