Despite a busy day for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, he celebrated the Las Vegas Aces’ first-ever WNBA title alongside Barack Obama and Billie Jean King.
Las Vegas never had a professional sports champion until Sunday when the Aces defeated the Connecticut Sun 78-71 on the road in Game 4.
Brady tweeted late Sunday night; ‘Let’s go! @LVAces @Kelseyplum10 @WNBA.’
Former President Barack Obama echoed the well wishes, writing on Twitter: “Congratulations to the @LVAces on their first WNBA title! It’s been fun watching Coach @BeckyHammon and this team play this season.
Tennis great Billie Jean King added, “Congratulations to the @LVAces and everyone involved in the organization, the fans, the city of Las Vegas and @BeckyHammon, the first head coach to win a #WNBA title in his debut season since.” the league’s first championship in 1997 #WNBAFinals.
Chelsea Gray scored 20 points to lead the Las Vegas Aces to their first WNBA title after coming off the floor 9 of 13.
She was named Finals MVP after averaging 18.3 points throughout the series.
Vegas ended the last game of the series with an 8-0 run. As the buzzer rang, league MVP A’ja Wilson, who played every minute of the game, grabbed the ball and stomped the floor before being mobbed by her teammates.
“We champions! We champions! We champions!’ Wilson yelled at teammates as they donned their championship caps and T-shirts before the awards ceremony.
Riquna Williams had 17 points for Vegas, Kelsey Plum added 16 points, Jackie Young had 13 and Wilson added 11 points to go with her 14 rebounds.
Aces coach Becky Hammon has not won a title in her stellar WNBA career, but on Sunday her decades-long aspiration was finally fulfilled.
Hammon left an assistant coaching position with Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs to take over in Las Vegas. The move was worth it.
“They’re incredible on the pitch, but first and foremost they’re incredible people,” Hammon said.
“They take care of each other. They invest in each other. It was an absolute honor to be her coach. I saw excellence and wanted to be a part of it.”
Hammon also paid tribute to former Aces coach Bill Laimbeer, who was on the floor at the ceremony: “He put this team together and saw the pieces.”
Aces owner Mark Davis, who also owns the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, was not with his football team on Sunday.
He was in Connecticut to collect a trophy. He picked it up and then handed it to happy players who did the same.
“Las Vegas, we’re world champions,” Davis said.