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WNBA NEWS - WNBA All-Star Starters Announced

First-time All-Star Kelsey Plum - (NBA photo)

 

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, was selected to seven prior WNBA All-Star Games, was selected as an honorary All-Star - (Lorie Shaull - photo

 

 

 

The 2022 WNBA All-Star Game will be played at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, home of the defending WNBA Champion Chicago Sky, on Sunday, July 10 (ABC, noon CT/1 p.m. ET), and will be the centerpiece of a weekend full of WNBA activities - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

NEW YORK, NY USA

Wednesday June 22, 2022

Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, a four-time WNBA champion and the league’s career assists leader, has extended her record number of All-Star selections to 13, the league announced today when the starters for WNBA All-Star 2022 were revealed on ESPN’s NBA Today.

Bird, along with a trio of former WNBA Most Valuable Players – Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles, Las Vegas Aces’ forward A’ja Wilson, and Seattle forward Breanna Stewart – highlight the list of 10 players, including four guards and six frontcourt players from across the WNBA, who were selected by fans, current WNBA players and media to start in WNBA All-Star 2022.

The 2022 WNBA All-Star Game will be played at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, home of the defending WNBA Champion Chicago Sky, on Sunday, July 10 (ABC, noon CT/1 p.m. ET), and will be the centerpiece of a weekend full of WNBA activities.

Wilson and Stewart, by virtue of being the two All-Star starters who finished with the most fan votes, will serve as official team co-captains. They will joined as co-captains by Fowles and Bird, who both have announced their retirement upon conclusion of the 2022 season after legendary careers spanning almost two decades. Bird will be paired with Wilson; Fowles will be paired with Stewart.

“For icons like Sylvia and Sue to be voted into the AT&T WNBA All-Star Game as starters in their 15th and 19th seasons, respectively, is extraordinary,” said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. “And when you see the starting lineups dotted with first-time All-Stars like Sabrina Ionescu, Kelsey Plum, and Jackie Young, it just seems right that Sylvia and Sue – who have said this will be their final season – join A’ja and Breanna as co-captains for an All-Star event that will in some ways symbolize the passing of the torch to a new generation of WNBA stars.”

In addition, Engelbert named Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, who was selected to seven prior WNBA All-Star Games, an honorary All-Star and starter.

“During each season of Brittney’s career in which there has been an All-Star Game, she has been selected as an All-Star,” said Engelbert. “It is not difficult to imagine that if BG were here with us this season, she would once again be selected and would, no doubt, show off her incredible talents. So, it is only fitting that she be named as an honorary starter today and we continue to work on her safe return to the U.S.”

Joining Wilson, Stewart, and Fowles as All-Star Game starters in the frontcourt are 2021 WNBA MVP Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones, Los Angeles Sparks’ forward Nneka Ogwumike, and Chicago Sky forward-center Candace Parker. The starting guards, in addition to Bird, are the New York Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu and Las Vegas Aces’ teammates Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young.

Voting will now begin for the 12 reserves for WNBA All-Star 2022, which will be selected by the league’s head coaches, and will be announced on Tuesday, June 28. Coaches will vote for three guards, five frontcourt players and four players at either position regardless of conference. They may not vote for their own players. If a player is unable to play in WNBA All-Star 2022 for any reason, a replacement player will be named to the roster by Commissioner Engelbert.

The co-captains will select their respective All-Star rosters during ESPN’s broadcast of the WNBA All-Star Team Selection Special on Saturday, July 2 (3 p.m. ET), choosing first from the remaining pool of eight starters and then from the pool of 12 reserves.


THIS DAY IN THE NBA

June 22, 1994 Led by Hakeem Olajuwon’s 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Houston defeated New York 90-84 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at The Summit, giving the Rockets their first NBA Championship in the 27-year history of the franchise. Olajuwon averaged 26 9 points, 9 1 rebounds and 3 86 blocks for the series and was unanimously voted the Finals MVP, the first player to ever win the Defensive Player of the Year and both the regular season and Finals MVP awards in the same season. The game was the Knicks’ 25th game of the 1994 postseason, an NBA record. Derek Harper set a Finals record for the most three-point field goals made (17) in a seven-game series and Patrick Ewing set a Finals record for the most blocks in a series with 30.

June 22, 2000 The Indiana Pacers announced that Larry Bird, the team’s head coach for three seasons, would not return to the franchise in any capacity for the 2000-2001 season. In his three seasons with the Pacers, Bird compiled a 147-67 record for a winning percentage of .687, the best three-year winning percentage in team history. The Pacers also won two Central Division Championships, an Eastern Conference Championship, reached the Eastern Conference Finals three times and in 2000, advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. In postseason play, the Pacers were 32-20 (.615) under Bird.

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