MNS, International – UConn women’s basketball legend Sue Bird stands center court at Seattle’s Climate Commitment Arena and bites her bottom lip as her hometown Seattle crowd watches. 07/09/2022.
Tears began to fall from her eyes, and she tried to stifle a sob as the crowd began to say, “Thank you, Sue Bird!
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Sue Bird blows a kiss to the franchise she’s called home for the past 21 years She couldn’t hold back the tears anymore and started wiping them from her cheeks.
Sue Bird’s 20-plus-year basketball career is over. The UConn, WNBA and Team USA star has retired.
“I didn’t really want to leave the court, but that’s where it seemed like everyone was going, so I followed that first,” Bird said after the Seattle Storm’s 97-92 loss to the Las Vegas Aces on Tuesday night.
“And of course I’m sad, but it’s a joy to be able to have that moment with the fans, to be able to sing like they do. I know tears are not the same as happy tears, but there’s a lot of happiness.”
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Bird’s final career game ended in front of Seattle’s home crowd in Las Vegas, eliminating the Storm in Game 4 of their WNBA playoff semi-final series to advance to the Finals.