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A’ja Wilson ‘cried like a baby’ after winning WNBA Championship

A'ja Wilson reacts to winning her second WNBA Championship with the Las Vegas Aces on Oct. 18. (David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

A’ja Wilson’s second WNBA Championship felt different, she said on the Jennifer Hudson Show on Friday.

The Las Vegas Aces won their second consecutive WNBA title this month after defeating the New York Liberty 3-1 in the best-of-five series. Wilson was named WNBA Finals MVP after averaging 23.8 points and 11.8 rebounds per game in the 2023 playoffs.

“The first one was cool, but this one, this second championship, it got my soul. It hit different,” Wilson told Hudson.

After the Liberty’s last shot attempt missed the net at the buzzer in Game 4, sealing the Aces’ win, Wilson celebrated and then was overcome with emotions.

“I cried to my parents,” she said. “I’m a huge family girl and they sacrificed so much for me, so to have them on the court with me after we won, I cried like a baby because it was just a wonderful moment…

“The second (title), just everything that we’d been through, fighting through that adversity and being able to share that moment, it was something truly special. So I cried with them, went to the locker room, popped a couple bottles, and then I got back.”

Wilson and her Aces teammates have been taking full advantage of the championship celebrations this week. They walked the Las Vegas Strip during their championship parade on Monday, when Wilson took the opportunity to thank the voter who put her fourth in the WNBA MVP ballot because it served as motivation.

On Friday night, Wilson and her teammates attended Usher’s concert, where the singer serenaded Wilson on stage.