Dawn Staley Became an Iconic Meme After Waving Goodbye to Knicks Player in Game 4 vs. Sixers

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Dawn Staley showed up for her hometown team, the Philadelphia 76ers, in Game 4’s playoff showdown against the New York Knicks at Wells Fargo Center.

The Gamecocks coach was bestowed the honor of ringing the ceremonial bell ahead of Sunday’s matchup and even shared an incredibly cool moment with Philly legend Allen Iverson.

But Staley also became something of a legend herself when cameras caught her waving goodbye to Knicks center Isaiah Hartenstein after Hartenstein picked up his fifth foul late in the game.

Philly fans loved it.

Staley, born and raised in Philly, has never been shy about showing support for her hometown sports teams. The reigning NCAA champion coached at Temple University in Philadelphia from 2000 to ‘08 and continued to represent Philly by occasionally wearing Eagles jerseys on the sidelines of her South Carolina games.

The Knicks ultimately won the game 97-92, taking a 3-1 series lead over the Sixers in the process.

Kristen Wong


Kristen Wong is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. She has been a sports journalist since 2020. Before joining SI, Kristen covered four NFL teams as an associate editor with the FanSided NFL Network and worked as a staff writer for the brand’s flagship site. She has written about soccer, the NFL, NBA, and MLB since 2020, and outside of work, has dreams of running her own sporty dive bar.