It was a scene straight out of the movie, "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles." Everything that could go wrong, did. But unlike the movie where everyone goes home happy to a Thanksgiving dinner, the Las Vegas Aces arrived home tired and hungry after taking two straight losses, including a league mandated forfeit.
"It's definitely one for the books," Aces rookie, A’ja Wilson said.
"It was one of a kind, just one of those crazy days,” Aces center, Carolyn Swords said. “Lot of things out of your control happened. You just have to make the best of it, I think we're quite relieved to be back."
No one was heading to the McCarran exits faster than the Las Vegas Aces Wednesday morning. It was not just because they were the most athletic in the terminal, but because they were the most exhausted.
The Aces three-game road trip started last Wednesday with a trip to D.C.
Twenty-five hours, five different flights and two airports later, most of the team finally arrived in the nation’s capital just four hours before tip-off with the Washington Mystics. For the Aces, that was nowhere near enough time to safely get ready for a game.
"It's tough, being a competitor, but we know we made the best decision for us and our health and it's more long-term than short-term," Wilson said.
Because of that decision to not play, the WNBA ruled this week the Aces would forfeit the game.
"It's disappointing,” Swords said. “We're obviously competitive, trying to make a playoff push, but we know it's hard on all sides. All parties worked really hard. We knew there could be consequences and now we're just looking ahead to making the postseason."
At the end of the day, the Aces said they're proud of the decision and hoped that this will lead to a bigger discussion about team travel throughout the league.
"After season, we'll see. But for the most part, I think it was just one of those things: a lot of things out of our control happened and we did the best we could."
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