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Basketball legend Sue Bird said Thursday this will be her final season in the WNBA.
The longtime Seattle Storm superstar revealed on Twitter that she will be chasing a WNBA championship for the last time and will be stepping down from the field once the season is over.
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“I’ve decided this will be my last year. Loved every minute, and still do, so I’m going to play my last year, just like that little girl played her first,” Bird tweeted. .
The Storm made Bird the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 WNBA Draft and in her third season, she and Lauren Jackson led the team to its first championship. Bird would earn three more thereafter, his last coming in the 2020 season affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“As the season went on, like I said, I pretty much knew that, and then once I saw the program, then once I started packing for this trip, I I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be my last time playing in New York. My last time in front of my family and friends. And that’s why the timing is what it is,” she added in a video posted to Storm’s social media account.
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“I really wanted to announce my retirement, saying this was my last year so I could share this with my family and friends, all the people in New York who watched me grow up so they could come to me. to see him play for the last time in my home country. So I’m excited about that. It’s also bittersweet.
Bird has played 10 games for Seattle this season and is averaging 7.8 points and 6.6 assists per game.
During her career, she averaged 11.9 points, 5.6 assists, and 2.2 rebounds per game. She’s shooting 42.9 percent from the floor for her career and shooting 39.2 percent from three-point range.
She is a 12-time WNBA All-Star and a five-time All-WNBA First-Team All-Star.
Outside of the pro league, Bird is a five-time Olympic gold medalist and has held the team to four World Championship golds and one bronze.
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While at UConn, Bird was the 2002 College Player of the Year and won the Naismith Award. She and the Huskies won the NCAA championship in 2000 and 2002.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.