A’ja Wilson deserves her own signature sneaker, Las Vegas Aces head coach Becky Hammon said after Game 1 of the WNBA Finals.
LeBron James gifted Wilson a custom pair of his own shoes ahead of Sunday’s contest, with the shoes quickly going viral as the Aces pulled off a 99-82 win against the New York Liberty. Wilson posted 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals in the shoes.
Yet while Liberty stars Breanna Stewart and Sabrina Ionescu play in their own signature shoes, Wilson is still waiting on her own sneaker.
“You think?” replied Aces head coach Becky Hammon when asked by The Messenger if Wilson should get a signature shoe. “You don’t need my thoughts. You already know my thoughts.”
And then Hammon expanded further, adding: “She needs her own shoe. She is the two-time MVP. I’ll toot her horn because she won’t. Olympic gold medalist, best defensive player two years running, her team’s (success)… Stop. Stop.”
As for Wilson, who won the 2022 WNBA MVP award and the 2022 and 2023 Defensive Player of the Year awards, she knows that her time will come. More and more shoes have been popping up in the WNBA, from Stewart to Ionescu to Elena Delle Donne. And she’s also thankful to have her name in the conversation.
“In due time, in due time,” Wilson told The Messenger. “We’ll see what goes on, but in due time I believe we’re going to get something moving and shaking. But I’m blessed just to have my name in that conversation.
“A lot of players don’t get signature shoes so for people to say I should or demanding that I get one, I’m blessed to be in that situation. So, in due time, we’ll see, until then I’m going to rock these LeBron 21s until the heel falls off.”