Tom Brady, Barack Obama and Billie Jean King lead tributes to Las Vegas Aces after WNBA title win


Tom Brady, Barack Obama and Billie Jean King lead the tributes to Becky Hammon’s Las Vegas Aces following their first WNBA title win

  • The famous trio led the congratulatory messages which flowed in for the Aces
  • Las Vegas won the city’s first championship with a 78-71 win over Connecticut 
  • Legendary WNBA player turned coach, Becky Hammon, won the title in her first campaign as head coach — the first coach to do so since the league’s first season

Despite an eventful day for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, he, along with Barack Obama and Billie Jean King celebrated the Las Vegas Aces first-ever WNBA title. 

Las Vegas never had a professional sports champion until Sunday when the Aces defeated the Connecticut Sun on the road, 78-71, in Game 4.

Brady tweeted out late Sunday night; ‘Let’s go! @LVAces @Kelseyplum10 @WNBA.’

Former President, Barack Obama, joined in on the well-wishing, writing on Twitter: ‘Congratulations to the @LVAces on their first WNBA title! It’s been fun to watch Coach @BeckyHammon and this team play this season.’

Tom Brady, Barack Obama and Billie Jean King all showed their love to the Las Vegas Aces

Tom Brady, Barack Obama and Billie Jean King all showed their love to the Las Vegas Aces

Tennis great Billie Jean King, chimed in saying: ‘Congratulations to the @LVAces and all those involved in the organization, the fans, the city of Las Vegas and to @BeckyHammon, the first head coach to win a #WNBA title in their debut season since league’s first championship in 1997 #WNBAFinals.’ 

Chelsea Gray scored 20 points to lead the Las Vegas Aces to their inaugural WNBA title after going 9-of-13 from the floor.

She was named Finals MVP after averaging 18.3 points throughout the series.

Las Vegas celebrated their first WNBA title after a thrilling 78-71 victory on the road in Game 4

Las Vegas celebrated their first WNBA title after a thrilling 78-71 victory on the road in Game 4

Vegas finished the series’ final game on an 8-0 run. As the buzzer sounded, 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 champs! We champs! We champs!’ Wilson screamed at teammates as they pulled on their championship hats and t-shirts before the trophy 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.

The Aces players celebrated in style after winning Las Vegas' first-ever professional sports title

The Aces players celebrated in style after winning Las Vegas’ first-ever professional sports title

Aces coach Becky Hammon didn’t get a title in her standout WNBA career, yet on Sunday her decades-long quest was finally achieved. 

Hammon left an assistant coach position with Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs to take over in Las Vegas. The move paid off.

‘They’re unbelievable on the court, but they’re unbelievable humans, first and foremost,’ Hammon said. 

‘They care about each other. They invest in each other. It’s been an absolute honor to be their coach. I saw excellence and I wanted to be a part of it.’

Las Vegas Raiders owner, Mark Davis (L), was on-hand as his Aces won rather than in Vegas

Las Vegas Raiders owner, Mark Davis (L), was on-hand as his Aces won rather than in Vegas

Hammon also paid tribute to former Aces coach Bill Laimbeer, who was on the floor for the ceremony: ‘He put this team together and saw the pieces.’

Aces owner Mark Davis, who also owns the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, wasn’t with his football team Sunday. 

He was in Connecticut to get a trophy. He hoisted it, then turned it over to gleeful players who did the same.

‘Las Vegas, we are world champions,’ Davis said.

Aces coach Becky Hammon celebrated claiming the WNBA title in her first season in the role

Aces coach Becky Hammon celebrated claiming the WNBA title in her first season in the role

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