The 2021 WNBA All-Star Game was the gayest professional basketball game ever.
And we were here for every second of it.
For the first time, Team WNBA was pitted against Team USA, which is heading to Tokyo in pursuit of another gold medal. The USA Basketball Women’s National Team is one of the most dominant in all Olympic sports, compiling an exceptional 66-3 record in Olympic play.
Amazingly, they haven’t lost in the Olympics since 1992, and are undefeated in tournament play since 2006.
But Team WNBA was the victor Wednesday night in Las Vegas, squeaking past Team USA with a 93-85 victory. The result is a testament to the talent across the league, and served as a reminder that Team USA can’t expect to just be handed the gold.
They still have to work for it.
“These things always take a whole training camp, months or years,” said Sue Bird, via ESPN. “And we try to do it in a matter of days or weeks. This was just the first step. We learn from it and move on. I think we learned we’re not a team yet.”
Nice dish @S10Bird ⏩ @brittneygriner for the easy bucket— WNBA (@WNBA) July 14, 2021
A bucket to end the quarter from @cgray209! #WNBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/RM4Q1YGpj7— WNBA (@WNBA) July 15, 2021
Team USA will play in two more exhibition contests before heading to the Summer Games, so they have some time to get their chemistry together. Either way, we know Team LGBTQ will be leading the way. There are five out stars on the team: Bird, Brittney Griner, Chelsea Gray, Breanna Stewart and Diana Taurasi (who didn’t play due to injury).
Griner led Team USA with 17 points, and Stewart chipped in with 15.
There were also three openly LGBTQ standouts on Team WNBA: Courtney Vandersloot, DeWanna Bonner and Courtney Williams.
And for good measure, Allie Quigley won the three-point contest. Vandersloot was a proud wife.
ALLI3 QUIGL3Y. 3-TIME CHAMPION #MTNDEW3PT @MountainDew pic.twitter.com/wOcVQ8P2NT— WNBA (@WNBA) July 15, 2021
Sloot was HYPE for @alliequigley in the #MTNDEW3PT Contest ‼️ @MountainDew pic.twitter.com/aetuGhbM4E— WNBA (@WNBA) July 15, 2021
There will be a record number of out LGBTQ athletes in Tokyo, and with that in mind, Wednesday’s All-Star Game served as the perfect amuse-bouche for the next three weeks. We expect Team USA to dominate, with the gays leading them to another gold.
We wouldn’t have it any other way.