This was no ordinary All-Star Game, where the defense is often lackluster – to say the least – and players regularly joke around the pitch.
It was the first time the WNBA has hosted an All-Star Game in an Olympic year and fans certainly weren’t disappointed, including Vanessa Bryant and her daughters Capri and Bianka who watched in Las Vegas.
The announcement of the US team’s 12-player roster for the upcoming Tokyo Games was not without controversy, especially around the exclusion of 2016 league MVP Nneka Ogwumike, but Ogunbowale refused to wondering if she felt she deserved a place.
“You all want drama,” she laughed at her post-game press conference, as reported by ESPN. “Good luck to Team USA. So all these girls deserve, you know, I hope they win a gold medal.”
The US team have two more exhibition matches scheduled before heading to Tokyo, where they will look to extend their 49-game winning streak at the Olympics and claim a seventh straight gold medal, which would tie the record. Olympic held by the US men’s team. .
He begins his bid for Olympic gold against Nigeria on July 27.
Meanwhile, the WNBA season will resume on August 15, with the playoffs starting September 23.
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