9:58 AM PT — LeBron James is displaying some critical like to his “Extra Than A Vote” initiative companion … congratulating Montgomery on Twitter.
“So pleased with this Queen,” James stated Friday.” That is all the pieces we’re about!”
Keep in mind, the Lakers celebrity beforehand expressed curiosity in placing collectively a gaggle to purchase the Dream … but it surely’s protected to say he is thrilled with the brand new possession.
Renee Montgomery has gone from the WNBA courtroom to the proprietor’s field — she’s a part of an possession group that simply purchased the Atlanta Dream from Sen. Kelly Loeffler.
The precise monetary phrases of the deal are unclear — however we’re instructed the WNBA and NBA Boards of Governors each unanimously accredited the sale.
The transfer makes Montgomery — who not too long ago retired after 11 seasons — the primary former WNBA participant to have an possession stake in a WNBA staff.
Montgomery’s 3-person possession group is comprised of two huge wigs from the Northland actual property agency — chairman Larry Gottesdiener and President and COO Suzanne Abair.
“My dream has come true,” Montgomery stated in an announcement to TMZ Sports activities.
“Breaking obstacles for minorities and ladies by being the primary former WNBA participant to have each a stake in possession and a management function with the possession staff is a chance that I take very critically. I invite you to hitch me because the Dream builds momentum in Atlanta!”
Montgomery performed 2 seasons with the Atlanta Dream earlier than opting out of the 2020 WNBA season to concentrate on social justice initiatives.
In actual fact, the 2-time WNBA champion was an outspoken supporter of the WNBA and its gamers for pushing Black Lives Matter messaging throughout video games — regardless of pushback from Sen. Loeffler.
Loeffler was loudly towards the WNBA selling the Black Lives Matter motion throughout the 2020 season — claiming it “promoted violence and destruction throughout the nation.”
Montgomery publicly disagreed and questioned why Loeffler “needs to be concerned with a model that simply would not align along with her views.”
Loeffler and her former Dream co-owner Mary Brock issued an announcement on the deal — saying, “10 years in the past we stepped as much as preserve the Dream in Atlanta, as an essential asset for a vibrant and various metropolis.”
“It was additionally essential to us to assist degree the enjoying area for ladies’s skilled sports activities. We’re pleased with what we completed and want the staff effectively of their subsequent chapter.”
“We’ll at all times worth the onerous work and dedication, and the reminiscences, followers and friendships that sustained our dedication to the Atlanta Dream over the past decade.”
Renee and her staff have their work minimize out for them — the Dream was 7-15 in 2020 and did not make the playoffs.
Nonetheless, there are brilliant spots on the roster together with rising stars like Chennedy Carter, who made the WNBA’s All-Rookie Group after a powerful 2020 season.
Montgomery has been tremendous busy off-the-court — she not too long ago teamed up with Marshawn Lynch as a co-owner of Group Beasts within the new Fan Managed Soccer League.
Plus, she additionally co-hosts the “TMZ Sports activities” TV present, which airs nightly on FS1.