Sue Bird honoured at final regular season home game with Seattle Storm

Over 18,000 fans turned up to bid farewell to one of the most influential players in the history of women's basketball.

By Olympics.com
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Five-time Olympic women's basketball champion and Seattle Storm legend Sue Bird played her final regular season home game on Sunday (8 August 2022) attended by a franchise-record crowd of 18,100 at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle.

Bird, who has spent her entire 21-year WNBA career with the Storm, was honoured with an on-court tribute pregame, a video featuring highlights from the Storm’s four WNBA championships with her, and by her teammates and coaches.

The 41-year-old also passed a tunnel of her friends and family, including fiancée Megan Rapinoe.

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Bird contributed nine points on four-of-nine shooting, six assists, four rebounds and a steal in her final regular season home game.

But the Sunday declared ‘Sue Bird Day’ by Seattle mayor Bruce Harrell didn’t go as hoped. The Storm lost to the Las Vegas Aces, 89-81, which dents their hopes of making the post-season and of Bird taking to the Seattle court once more in the playoffs.

"I'm not going to lie, it kinda sucks to lose my last game here. But it's OK, I lost my first game here too," Bird, considered one of the best point guards of all time in the women’s game, told the crowd postgame.

"Outside of the outcome it was a wonderful afternoon for me,” she said in an interview with ESPN. "You have this big ceremony, and your parents walk you out and you're all emotional. And then it's like, 'Oh, you've got to play this game.'"

Storm and Aces were both battling for playoff seeding. If the Seattle team finish fourth in the Western Conference, Bird could feature in two more games at the Climate Pledge Arena before retiring at the end of the season.

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The basketball star is the only WNBA player to claim titles in three different decades.

She won a joint-record four WNBA championships with the Storm (2004, 2010, 2018, 2020).

At Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021 she became one of only two Olympic basketballers to win five gold medals after 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

The only other player to achieve this feat is her U.S. Olympic teammate Diana Taurasi.

The double NCAA Championships winner Bird also boasts of four FIBA World Cups (2002, 2010, 2014, 2018) and has been chosen to play for twelve WNBA All-Star teams and eight All-WNBA teams.

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