ATLANTA — The Atlanta Dream moved one game closer to the WNBA Finals in front of a ruckus crowd on Tuesday night.
Some of the notable faces in the crowd included former Atlanta Hawks center Theo Ratliff, Las Vegas Aces center Dearica Hamby, Turner Sports personality Ros Gold-Onwude, Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown and rapper 2 Chainz.
In addition to the celebrities were the current and most recent Hawks who left an impact in support.
In Game One of the series on Sunday, Kent Bazemore donated 300 tickets to the game. Bazemore also delivered new pairs of Under Armour shoes to the entire Dream roster recently. DeAndre’ Bembry was also in attendance for Game One.
The Ice Trae Effect
Accompanying Pierce court side were Hawks’ rookies Kevin Huerter, Omari Spellman and Trae Young, who tweeted congrats to Dream head coach Nicki Collen earlier in the day for winning the 2018 WNBA Coach of the Year award.
This is AMAZING!!! Congrats Coach @NickiCollen on such a Great achievement in the first year !! Let’s Get It Rockin Tonight @AtlantaDream Can’t wait to watch a show!!! Even Bigger Things ahead🙏🏽💯 Need everybody to come watch our girls show out tonight… See ya there!! https://t.co/0X8BgNBWpD— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) August 28, 2018
“I think I had more retweets today from Trae Young’s tweet than I’ve had all year,” Dream coach Nicki Collen said to Action Sports and News correspondent Caleb Johnson in the post game press conference. “I didn’t know he was going to be at the game, to be honest, I’m just focused on the game. I’m not focused on who’s at the game. [I’m a] big Kent Bazemore fan, he’s been really good to our team the guys have gotten to know him but honestly, we’re doing it for each other and the city.”
Young continued to echo many of his statements. He did that this summer when attending different sporting events in Atlanta. He grew up in a state with only one major professional team.
“I’m a fan of the WNBA,” he said in an interview with ESPN2’s LaChina Robinson. “I’m here cheering on the Atlanta Dream. This is a great basketball game. These women out here are competing, having fun and that’s all you can ask for.”
Let’s eat a W
The Dream pulled out a nail-biting victory after a key defensive stop from guard Alex Bentley. She was acquired by the Dream midseason for All-Star guard Layshia Clarendon. Dream general manager Chris Sienko was named the 2018 WNBA Executive of the Year.
“It’s exciting to have them support us but we’re just as excited about our season ticket holders,” Collen said, “That family who’s here for the first time watching that first WNBA game. Our friends and family rooting us on so it’s pretty cool to have them here but the environment makes the difference.”
What the support means
The Hawks showing love to the Dream this week only further pushes the team’s faces out there. These are attempts to connect the rebuilding roster with the city of Atlanta. Young is already a popular player that the team is trying to market around and the rest of the team’s reputation is critical as well with the Philips Arena remodel debuting this season.
The more events the players go to, the more familiar the transplant city becomes with who plays on the team.
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