Storm’s Sue Bird says this will be her last year of career

Bird, the WNBA’s all-time leader in assists (3,114) and starts (559), is the only player to have appeared in 500+ career games.

SEATTLE – Seattle Storm legend Sue Bird said in a tweet Thursday morning This will be the final season of her 19-year WNBA career.

“I’ve decided this will be my final year,” Bird said in the tweet. “I loved every minute and I still do, so I’m going to play my final year just like this little girl played her first.”

The four-time WNBA champion (2004, 2010, 2018, 2020) averages 11.9 points, 5.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds per game and 42.9 percent shooter for her career.

“I think what I’m most proud of is that I’ve been on four different winning teams in the WNBA over the course of the 20 years that I’ve played,” Bird said in an exclusive interview with KING 5 in May. ” That speaks to my longevity more than anything else.”

Bird hinted in February that this could be her last season. After the Storm was eliminated by Phoenix Mercury in the 2021 playoffs, home fans clamored for Bird’s return, chanting “one more year.”

Bird said that moment resonated with her. Within days, she called her coach and decided to prepare for the 2022 game.

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“The fans were singing and I think it just gave me this whole different perspective on things,” Bird said. “I never thought it was just about me, but it really made me realize that this decision isn’t just about me.”

Bird, the WNBA’s all-time leader in assists (3,114) and starts (559), is the only player to have appeared in 500+ career games.

Bird has been a mainstay in the organization since she was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 WNBA draft. She has never played for any other team in her career.

“This is where I’ve finally found my true self and I’m finally living in it,” Bird said of her time in Seattle. “I know all the wonderful things that have happened to me and it’s really been a wonderful experience in that way.”

The 41-year-old guard has fielded 12 WNBA All-Star teams in her career and was a first-team All-WNBA selection five times.

Her international success also puts her in thin air. She is a five-time Olympic gold medalist (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020), becoming only the sixth player in history to win an NCAA championship, a WNBA championship, and an Olympic gold medal.

In 2021, Bird was named to the WNBA’s W25 team, which recognized the 25 greatest players in league history.

The Storm is 9-5 this season, good for second place in the Western Conference. Bird started in 10 games, averaging 7.8 points and 6.6 assists per game.

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Emma Bowman

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