Fans honor Seattle Storm legend Sue Bird

A young fan presented Bird with a flower during their last game with the team.

SEATTLE — Sue Bird has had pretty much every honor she could have dreamed of in her 19 seasons with the WNBA, but Sunday’s regular season finale was a first for Bird.

The Seattle Storm star said goodbye to his hometown fans in the loss to the Aces and will retire from basketball after the season. It was an emotional farewell for the four-time WNBA champion, who is also a 12-time All-Star and has five Olympic gold medals at home.

On-court fan presenter Shellie Hart has been with the team since the beginning and said Bird made a nest here in Seattle and found solace in the fans who adored her.

“She was only 21 when she came here. She didn’t know anything about Seattle — she admits that,” Hart said. “And immediately it was this love affair and we kind of cared for each other.”

About 4 minutes from time in the first quarter of Sunday’s game, Bird passed a ball when a young fan sitting on the sidelines gave Bird some flowers. Bird admired her and handed her back to the fan when she was literally in the middle of a nationally televised basketball game.

Bird said after the game it was certainly a first.

“I was like, oh, do you want me to take that?” Vogel said.

Bird asked the young girl to hold her flower for her until she finished playing.

The girl appears to represent the growing excitement surrounding Sue Bird, who has been immortalized as the first female athlete outside of the Climate Pledge Arena.

Former Seahawks Jermaine Kearse and Bobby Wagner were among the athletes who took to social media to declare that Bird should have her own statue. Shellie Hart said no other athlete has the awards to justify the honor.

“Not only did she break records, she set the records and then broke her own records here at our Seattle Center and now at the Climate Pledge Arena. She deserves a statue!”

CLOCK: Sue Bird was honored at the final WNBA home game of the regular season Fans honor Seattle Storm legend Sue Bird

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