Bird, the all-time WNBA leader in assists (3,114) and starters (559), is the only player to appear in more than 500 games in his career.
SEATTLE – Seattle Storm legend Sue Bird told one tweet on Thursday morning this will be the last season of his 19-year career in the WNBA.
“I have decided that this will be my last year,” Bird said in a tweet. “I loved every minute of it, and I still do, so I’ll play my senior year, just like this girl played the first one.”
Bird’s announcement has put an end to speculation about his future after he signed again for another season in February.
“I just felt very much announcing my retirement, saying it was my last year to be able to share it with my family and friends, with all the people in New York who saw me grow up to be able to come and see me play. my home state, “Bird said video tweeted by Storm. “So I’m excited about it. It’s bittersweet too.”
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In one tweet moments before Bird’s announcementthe Seattle Storm said “Sue Bird is the basketball Storm. Every moment, every memory has a constant. No. 10. It’s time for the final chapter.”
The longtime Storm guard hinted in February that this could be his last season. After Phoenix Mercury eliminated Storm in the 2021 playoffs, local fans were clamoring for Bird’s return, chanting “one more year.”
Bird said that moment resonated with her. In a few days, he called his coach and decided to start preparing to play in 2022.
“The fans chanted and I think it gave me another perspective on things,” Bird said. “I never thought this was just about me, but it really made me realize that this decision isn’t just about me.”
Bird, the all-time WNBA leader in assists (3,114) and starters (559), is the only player to appear in more than 500 games in his career. He scored or helped in 27.5% of every basket scored in the history of the Storm franchise, including the four seasons he did not play.
Bird has been a mainstay of the organization since it was the first overall pick in the 2002 WNBA draft. He has never played for another team in his career.
“That’s where I finally found my true self and I’m finally living in it,” Bird said of his time in Seattle. “I know all the wonderful things that happened to me and it was really a wonderful experience that way.”
The four-time WNBA champion (2004, 2010, 2018 and 2020) has an average of 11.9 points, 5.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds per game and 42.9 percent shooting for his career.
“I think what makes me most proud is that I’ve been on four different WNBA winning teams over the 20 years I’ve played,” Bird said in an exclusive interview with KING 5 in May. “That’s more than just talking about my longevity.”
The 41-year-old guard and oldest player in the league has made up 12 WNBA All-Star teams and has been selected to the All-WNBA First Team five times in her career.
Its international success also puts it in a rarefied air. She is a five-time Olympic gold medalist (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020), making her the sixth player in history to win an NCAA championship, a WNBA championship and an Olympic gold medal.
In 2021, Bird was nominated for the W25 W25 team, which recognized the top 25 players in league history.
The Storm are 9-5 this season, good for second in the Western Conference. Bird started in 10 games, averaging 7.8 points and 6.6 assists per game.
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