In the world of sports, romantic couples on the same team are rare, especially in men’s sports. There have never been any openly romantic partnerships in the NBA, NFL, MLB, or NHL. However, in women’s sports, there are an increasing number of couples in the same leagues and on the same teams. The WNBA and NWSL are shining examples of leagues where players find love within their sport. The play on the court is important, but connection off the court can be more fulfilling. Sometimes, the most remarkable stories transcend the boundaries of the game and reach the realms of love and companionship. Such is the case with WNBA stars Alyssa Thomas and DeWanna Bonner, who not only share a dynamic partnership on the court but have also taken their relationship to new heights by getting engaged. Their journey resonates with the stories of other power couples within the WNBA, highlighting the true bond that can be formed on the court.
Alyssa Thomas and DeWanna Bonner's basketball prowess is undeniable. Both players have established themselves as preeminent players in the league. The Connecticut Sun faced a lot of crucial changes with a new coaching staff and general manager, along with losing their best player Brionna Jones to an injury. But due to the combined effort of Bonner and Thomas the Sun are still top contenders for a championship. The powerful combination of Thomas’ fierce defense and relentless drive, and Bonner’s scoring ability has allowed the Sun to maintain a 23-11 record. Their unique chemistry has helped the Sun clinch their seventh consecutive playoff berth.
The two stars met when Bonner joined the Sun in 2020 after spending 10 seasons in Phoenix. Thomas had already played her entire 10-year career in Connecticut, before being joined by Bonner. The couple started dating in 2020, the WNBA’s “bubble” season, and eventually got engaged this July. Their romance has only positively affected their play as Thomas is an MVP candidate with a record five triple-doubles this season. The coaching staff is fully supportive of their relationship and the positive impacts it brings to the team, "I think because of our leadership with those two in particular, our versatility and the pieces around them, we're a scary team," Connecticut coach Stephanie White said. "Nobody wants to play us, and we still have a road to a championship. It's a different road than we expected. But we still have an opportunity in front of us."
The story of Alyssa Thomas and DeWanna Bonner finding love within the WNBA isn't an isolated incident. The league has seen other power couples emerge, proving that shared passions and experiences can lead to strong relationships. For Instance, Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe have captured hearts both as icons in their respective sports—WNBA basketball and soccer—and support each other through the trials of being professional athletes on international stages.
Similarly, Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor's love story has been celebrated as one of true adoration. Their relationship evolved from being teammates to partners, proving a testament to teammate relationships. Their journey underscores the idea that the relationships built through shared experiences in the WNBA can foster connections that transcend the game.
The stories of these WNBA couples serve as reminders that true partnership goes beyond the wins and losses on the court. It's about finding someone who understands the demands of the professional sports world and will act as a support system throughout the challenges. Alyssa Thomas and DeWanna Bonner, along with other WNBA couples, demonstrate that love can have an impact on someone on and off the court.