Becky Hammon and A’ja Wilson react as Sydney Colson speaks during the Las Vegas Aces’ WNBA championship parade. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The Las Vegas Aces had a lot to say during their 2023 WNBA championship parade, with much of it directed at the New York Liberty.
There was an abundance of chatter about pursuing a three-peat, with WNBA Finals MVP A’ja Wilson expressing confidence that the Aces would “do this s–t again.” Making history, the Aces became the first team in 21 years to win back-to-back titles, triumphing over the Liberty in four games.
“We’re going to keep coming back, and everybody hates it,” Kelsey Plum enthusiastically declared to the crowd at Monday’s parade.
Yet, the Aces’ single loss to the Liberty in Game 3 during the 2023 playoffs still lingers as a source of frustration. In particular, Sabrina Ionescu’s celebratory “night night” gesture after a crucial 3-pointer remains a point of contention. Sydney Colson mimicked the gesture after the Aces’ series-clinching victory over the Liberty, and it was once again a topic of conversation during the parade.
“They made a mistake when they went ‘night night,’” Chelsea Gray pointed out. “And Sydney said I’m sitting on that Sabrina!”
Meanwhile, head coach Becky Hammon called attention to Liberty star Breanna Stewart’s Game 4 performance, wherein she went 3-for-17 from the field while being guarded by Alysha Clark.
“Alysha Clark was my rookie in San Antonio,” Hammon disclosed, to which Clark added, “Talk about it.”
“3-for-17 is definitely worth talking about,” Hammon responded with conviction.
Wilson, on the other hand, focused on her MVP snub and opted to wear a shirt displaying the voting numbers on the back. She finished third in the regular-season MVP race behind Stewart and Connecticut Sun star Alyssa Thomas. Wilson also called out the person who voted her in fourth place, stating that she would use it as motivation for the next season.
.@_ajawilson22 got the MVP votes and put em on a shirt!
Petty A’ja is my favorite A’ja 🤭🔥 pic.twitter.com/boXXiB4o0d
— highlightHER (@HighlightHER) October 24, 2023
And at the end of the night, the Aces couldn’t resist getting in one more “night night.”
— Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) October 24, 2023
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