The Las Vegas Aces celebrated their second consecutive WNBA championship with a parade, and the world joined in on the festivities. The team’s victory wasn’t just confined to Vegas, as fans from all over celebrated their impressive back-to-back title win.
A’ja Wilson was named the series MVP after the Aces defeated the New York Liberty in four games. This win solidified their status as only the third franchise in WNBA history to win consecutive championships. Despite facing injuries to starters Chelsea Gray and Kiah Stokes, the team rallied and clinched the final victory with a score of 70-69. Wilson’s outstanding performance with 24 points and 16 rebounds in the game contributed to the team’s success.
To honor this incredible achievement, the team rode in double-decker buses down The Strip during the parade. They delighted fans by smoking cigars and cheering along the iconic street. The celebration concluded at Toshiba Plaza outside T-Mobile Arena, where a crowd of 5,000 season ticket holders and new fans gathered to applaud their champions. Owner Mark Davis and rapstar 2 Chainz were also present.
A’ja Wilson’s Unique MVP Tribute
A’ja Wilson’s performance in the regular season earned her a spot among the top statistical leaders in the league. Despite this, she finished third in the MVP voting. At the championship parade, Wilson expressed her appreciation while wearing a T-shirt displaying the number of MVP votes she received, including a fourth-place vote. Her response to this unexpected result showcased her determination to continue working hard and achieving even greater success in the future.
Coach Becky Hammon commended Wilson’s leadership during the parade, stating that she will be remembered as the greatest player in basketball history by the time she retires.
Chelsea Gray’s Energetic Presence
Chelsea Gray, the 2022 Finals MVP, played a crucial role in the first two games of this year’s Finals before sustaining a foot injury. Although she couldn’t participate in Game 4, Gray didn’t let her injury dampen her spirits. At the parade, she made a grand entrance on a scooter, dancing to the beats of E-40’s “Tell Me When to Go.” Her enthusiasm and positive attitude were evident, even in a walking boot.
Kelsey Plum’s Confidence and Celebration
Kelsey Plum, another key player for the Aces, celebrated their victory with a cigar, reminiscent of their celebrations from the previous year. She promised the crowd that the Aces weren’t done winning and that they would continue to dominate the league. Plum’s unwavering confidence resonated with the adoring fans.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Las Vegas Aces parade: A’ja Wilson, Chelsea Gray celebrate WNBA title
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