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Lynx lead assistant coach Katie Smith excited to be in familiar place

Updated: January 21, 2020 02:25 PM

The Minnesota Lynx hired Katie Smith as a lead assistant coach to Cheryl Reeve. Smith spoke to the media Tuesday morning at Mayo Clinic Square.

***CLICK ON THE VIDEO BOX TO HEAR THE FULL INTERVIEW FROM SMITH***

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Smith is the franchise's third-leading all-time scorer and she's a Hall of Famer. She led the Lynx to their first playoff berth in 2003, and was a part of three USA Olympic gold medal-winning teams. She scored 6,452 points in the WNBA with five teams. She is third in Lynx history with 3,605 points and second in scoring average.

Both Reeve and Smith worked as assistants under Bill Laimbeer. He was the coach in Detroit when Reeve was an assistant, and Smith served as Laimbeer’s assistant in New York for three seasons before he moved to Las Vegas.

Smith was head coach of the New York Liberty the past two seasons before she was let go. Smith was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.

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