The Las Vegas Aces suffered a brutal trip to Connecticut before their clash against the Sun.
They flew to New Jersey, waited hours for bags, hit traffic, and arrived after the restaurants closed.
The team resorted to meals at Walmart, where coach Bill Laimbeer joked that he was “looking for alcohol.”
The Las Vegas Aces spent most of the day traveling the country for a road game in Connecticut.
And by the time they got through flight delays, missing baggage, and traffic to get to their final destination, the No.1 Aces had no choice but to grab some food from Walmart as all the local restaurants. had already closed.
Reigning WNBA MVP and Las Vegas superstar A’ja Wilson documented his team’s trip to “Wally World” on Instagram on Saturday night. She even caught head coach Bill Laimbeer joking that he was “looking for alcohol” after their hellish trip to the East Coast.
Wilson’s mother was a fan of Laimbeer’s antics and the coach’s daughter was sympathetic to her father’s feelings.
The Aces had woken up in the wee hours of the morning that day to board their flight to Newark, New Jersey, according to report by Sam Gordon of Las Vegas Review-Journal. They arrived at 2:30 p.m. local time, but instead of hitting the road for their three-hour drive to the Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, the Las Vegas team had to spend a few hours. extra to wait at the airport for everyone’s luggage at baggage claim. And once they finally started their journey on I-95, the Aces got caught up in additional traffic – possibly due to congestion as they approached. Tropical Storm Henri Landing in New England.
The less-than-simple travel adds to the oft-made argument that WNBA teams should charter planes, especially for major cross-country trips such as Las Vegas this week. If they’d taken their own jet straight to an airport in Connecticut, the Aces surely wouldn’t have ended up dining at Walmart.
This may explain why Las Vegas star Kelsey Plum has been repeatedly heard saying “Hey Cathy” in an apparent call to WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert during Wilson’s Instagram Stories.
“Hey, A’ja,” Plum said at the start of the clip. “Tell Instagram we could have been in Europe now!”
Other teams have faced similar travel challenges throughout the season. When New York Liberty star Jazmine Jones took to Twitter to discuss such a case in July, team owner Joe Tsai pledged to “fix this transportation problem for good.”
Perhaps the new Aces owner Mark Davis – who also owns the NFL Las Vegas Raiders – could follow Tsai’s lead. After all, Davis has an estimated net worth of $ 700 million and is committed to use part of his wealth to improve its newly acquired franchise.
Check out a recording of Wilson’s Instagram story documenting Saturday night’s adventure in Las Vegas below:
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