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Seattle Storm Win WNBA Championship

by John Wroblewski

Oct 11, 2020

Last week, the Seattle Storm beat the Las Vegas Aces 92–59 to sweep the WNBA Finals and win the 2020 WNBA championship. The victory ended a historic WNBA season.

Breanna Stewart

In early July WNBA teams arrived at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The teams played 22 games in “the Wubble,” with no fans in attendance.

Right from the start, the league as a whole and the players individually made it clear this season was about a lot more than basketball. Using their platform to promote social justice, encourage voting and raise money and awareness for charities, everyone was united and consistent with their messages.

The WNBA was the first major pro sports league to restart during the pandemic. With a couple minor exceptions, which did not affect team rosters, everyone remained healthy. The WNBA set the example for the NHL and NBA to follow.

WNBA commissioner Cathy Englebert is already planning for the 2021 season. Although the shortened season started in August this season, the regular season usually starts in May.

Sue Bird

For me, this was an incredible season. With no outside media on site, media sessions were open to the press via Zoom. I had the opportunity to talk to star players like Breanna Stewart, A’ja Wilson, Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, along with young stars on the rise like Natisha Hiedeman and Kia Nurse. Although ordinarily I would have been part of the press at Chicago Sky home games, I never would have been able to talk at length to so many players and coaches around the league.

Bill Laimbeer

One special experience was developing a bit of a friendship with Las Vegas Aces coach Bill Laimbeer. The former NBA star had a noted rivalry with my Chicago Bulls during his playing days. While in high school, Laimbeer also had a part as a monster on television’s Land of the Lost. In our first session, when I asked about that role, he really opened up and we had a lot of fun all season.

Congratulations to the Storm for winning their second WNBA title in three years. More importantly, congratulations to the entire league on successfully managing to have a season, crown a champ and promote social change.

— John Wroblewski, online writer

A’ja Wilson

Diana Taurasi

Kia Nurse

Natisha Hiedeman

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