- The Las Vegas Aces took down the Connecticut Sun Sunday night to win the 2022 WNBA championship.
- League MVP A’ja Wilson and her teammates celebrated with bubbly, and she expects fans to do the same.
- She called on those attending the victory parade in Las Vegas to “take four shots” before arriving.
UNCASVILLE, Connecticut — A’ja Wilson is planning to go all-out for the Las Vegas championship parade celebrating her Aces’ 2022 WNBA title.
And she’s working hard to make sure fans match her energy.
The 2022 WNBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year called on those planning to attend Tuesday’s parade in Las Vegas to make sure they “take four shots” before arriving at the festivities. Kids, she said, could “take shots of ginger ale.”
“You gotta take four shots before you pull up to the parade,” Wilson said, adding emphasis by bringing her fist to the table in front of her. “And drink responsibly!”
“But, in order to get into the parade, you gotta be four shots in,” she added. “It’s unacceptable if you’re not.”
At that point, WNBA Finals MVP Chelsea Gray — who was seated beside Wilson on the dais — released a surprised but amused “WHAT?!” and put her head in her hands.
But that didn’t deter Wilson from finishing her message:
“The Bellagio fountains? We skiing across that thing!” the 6-foot-5 superstar said. “We going crazy because, like, I don’t think people understand how important this really is. This is huge!”
“So Vegas turn up!” Wilson continued. “I saw the cops with our logo on the car — y’all better lace up, because we about to go crazy!”
“Tuesday 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time!” she added at the urging of her team’s director of media relations. “Be there or be square!”
Those in the room thought Wilson was wrapping up at that point. But after she repeated her sentiments that anyone who hasn’t taken four shots should “stay at the house!” and that children should “pop ginger ale,” Wilson’s speech took a sudden and somewhat unexpected turn.
“Drink responsibly — don’t be crazy now,” Wilson said as Gray tried to grab at the microphone. “But Usher, I better see you, Usher!
“I’m not playin’ with you, Usher,” she went on. “I better see you, Usher.”
This summer, the R&B artist began his My Way Las Vegas residency, which is currently on a month-long hiatus but is set to resume next month.
“Everybody come to the city!” Wilson added, even as the moderator moved on to the next question. “Drake! Everybody!”
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—Meredith Cash (@mercash22) September 19, 2022