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WNBA teases expansion with cheeky social media banter

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The WNBA teased an impending (and long-awaited) expansion announcement with a series of social media posts Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Heard you,” the WNBA said in response to a post from Tennessee assistant women’s basketball coach Samantha Williams. Williams’ post, published in May, was similarly short and sweet: “Expand the WNBA.”

Another post from a WNBA fan read: “please expand the WNBA I’m begging.”

“Say pretty please,” the league responded from its official account on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

The WNBA also posted the smirking Kevin James photo that has become a viral meme, leaning into the cheeky tone of their messages.

Finally, the league posted a video with a series of posts asking for expansion, with the caption “10.5” — in reference to Thursday, Oct. 5. And as USA Today reported, the WNBA is set to announce a San Francisco Bay Area team on Thursday.

The social media banter from the league came amid reports of a deal to bring an expansion franchise to the Bay Area. The league has been in discussions with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors for an expansion team, The Athletic and ESPN reported on Sept. 26.

The WNBA has 12 teams, and the Bay Area team will be No. 13. The new team will play its home games at the Chase Center in San Francisco, which also serves as the home of the Warriors, but would be headquartered in Oakland, per reports.