Nonetheless, within the hours main as much as her season debut as an in-recreation analyst, the 35-yr-previous former Gophers star from Hutchinson, Minn., discovered herself preventing again nerves.
“I am in all probability extra nervous now than I have been for some video games that I am enjoying in,” Whalen stated. “It is simply so totally different.”
Whalen will be a part of the Fox Sports activities North broadcast staff as a second in-recreation analyst for eight Minnesota Timberwolves video games this season, making her season debut throughout Wednesday’s recreation towards the Los Angeles Clippers on the Staples Facilities. Whalen, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and 4-time WNBA champion, joined Fox Sports activities North for one Timberwolves broadcast final March.
“It is one thing that’ll hold me busy in the course of the offseason and in addition perhaps it’s going to be somewhat little bit of a check to see if it is one thing I need to do once I’m carried out enjoying,” she stated. “You consider it randomly seeing former WNBA gamers doing it proper now. (Fox Sports activities North) got here to me with the chance, and attending to work with Dave (Benz) and Jim (Petersen) and Marney (Gellner), those that I’ve recognized for years, it appeared like a chance I should not cross up.”
Whalen is particularly wanting ahead to working with Petersen, a Lynx assistant coach for nearly a decade earlier than stepping down earlier than the beginning of the 2017 season. He’s regarded by many as the most effective analyst within the NBA.
“I need to study as a lot as I can from him,” Whalen stated. “He is been an enormous affect in my life, and now attending to reunite with him for a pair video games is fairly cool. I need to study and add to the printed workforce in addition to I can and do nearly as good a job as I can and go from there.”
Whalen has been getting ready for her season debut as a broadcaster with the identical depth that she prepares for video games as a participant.
“I have been watching plenty of video during the last two or three days to sort of put together,” she stated. “That is what I did for the primary recreation. I wasn’t actually positive what to anticipate so I type of ready as I might put together for a recreation I am enjoying in.”
As a local Minnesotan, one of many the most important issues Whalen is concentrated on shouldn’t be sounding so Minnesotan.
“I am going to attempt keep away from saying ‘you understand’ a lot on the printed,” Whalen stated with a smile. “That can be my major aim.”
This is the complete schedule of Timberwolves broadcasts she is going to work this season:
• Dec. 6: at Los Angeles Clippers
• Dec. 12: vs. Philadelphia 76ers
• Jan. 1: vs. Los Angeles Lakers
• Jan. 14: vs. Sacramento Kings
• Feb. 7: at Cleveland Cavaliers
• Feb. 23: at Houston…