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Dawn Staley offers to ‘yell at refs’ for Aces at WNBA Finals

Las Vegas Aces star A'ja Wilson played for Dawn Staley at South Carolina from 2014-18. (Adam Hagy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dawn Staley found herself in perfect position at Game 4 of the WNBA Finals.

The South Carolina head coach sat courtside at Barclays Center, close enough to speak her mind to the officials. And as a fan, she doesn’t have to worry about picking technical fouls, as she noted on social media during the game between the New York Liberty and the Las Vegas Aces.

“I love my seat at the WNBA Finals,” Staley wrote. “I can yell at the refs and can’t get T’d up today! @LVAces coaches just tell me what y’all want me to say.”

Wednesday night’s appearance comes in a busy week for Staley. Before Sunday’s Game 3 at Barclays Center, she surprised Aces star A’ja Wilson, who she coached to a national championship at South Carolina.

On Monday, the Philadelphia native threw out the first pitch at the first game of the Phillies’ National League Championship Series. And when she returned to Barclays Center for Game 4, she sported a Phillies hat.

Staley was not the only big name in attendance for Wednesday’s game, which brought out stars from sports — Gotham FC players, Sue Bird, Stephen A. Smith — to show business — Issa Rae, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Connelly — and more.