LeBron James wants just one thing out of the WNBA Finals for A’ja Wilson: her own signature shoe.
Following Wilson’s Finals MVP performance for the back-to-back champion Las Vegas Aces, James took to Instagram, where he called Wilson “the TRUTH!!!!!!” The NBA star gifted Wilson with a custom pair of his signature Nike sneakers ahead of Game 1 of the Finals, and she played in them throughout the series.
“Signature shoe coming!!” he wrote on Instagram Stories. “I mean what we talking about! Congrats @aja22wilson.”
“Sis is the TRUTH! Signature shoe coming!!”LeBron James congratulates A’ja Wilson and the Las Vegas Aces on back-to-back WNBA titles 🏆 (via @KingJames / IG) pic.twitter.com/UL3wvI8W2h— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) October 19, 2023
“Sis is the TRUTH! Signature shoe coming!!”LeBron James congratulates A’ja Wilson and the Las Vegas Aces on back-to-back WNBA titles 🏆 (via @KingJames / IG) pic.twitter.com/UL3wvI8W2h
Of course, James isn’t the first to suggest that Wilson should have her own shoe, and he certainly shouldn’t be the last. Several players have released shoes in recent years – including Breanna Stewart with Puma, as well as Elena Delle Donne and Sabrina Ionescu with Nike.
Wilson is also a Nike athlete. So why shouldn’t she be added to the list? Aces head coach Becky Hammon said following Game 1 of the WNBA Finals that Wilson “needs her own shoe.”
“She is the two-time MVP. I’ll toot her horn because she won’t,” she said. “Olympic gold medalist, best defensive player two years running, her team’s (success)… Stop. Stop.”
Wilson, though, is biding her time.
“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,” she told The Messenger.
“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.”