USC Women's Basketball

One-on-one, A’ja Wilson thinks her new WNBA coach could take Dawn Staley

When former South Carolina women’s basketball great A’ja Wilson made the jump to the WNBA, she went from playing under one legendary competitor, Dawn Staley, to another, Bill Laimbeer.

Laimbeer, Wilson’s new coach with the Las Vegas Aces, was a four-time NBA All-Star and two-time league champion with the Detroit Pistons during their infamous “Bad Boys” era. Staley, of course, was a six-time WNBA All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist.

So on Thursday afternoon, Wilson received a tough question as part of a Twitter Q and A she was participating in with the Associated Press as part of the WNBA All-Star Weekend.

Specifically, a fan asked Wilson who would win in a game of basketball one-on-one: Staley or Laimbeer?

While Staley seemed to think she had Wilson’s vote, the Aces’ star player and former Gamecock went with Laimbeer, who does have a slight size advantage — he’s 6-foot-11, she’s 5-foot-6.

It took just a few moments before Staley responded, censoring herself but expressing displeasure.

In response, another fan asked which coach cursed more, and Wilson wasted no time in teasing Staley again.

Wilson plays in the WNBA All-Star Game on July 28 in Minneapolis. She is the only rookie in the game and will play on a team led by captain Elena Delle Donne. The contest will be televised at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

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