Seattle lost in the Western Conference semifinals for five consecutive years following its 2004 title. The 2004 WNBA regular season went on hiatus in August that year as the Athens Olympics were held. But long before her victory on the court, she joined her WNBA teammates in leading a bigger fight, through activism on social justice issues. And whether you're gay or not, you stand by your teammates," says Bird. Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm, wears "Black Lives Matter" warm-up shirts before a game in July. Nowadays the Huskies are synonymous with perfect seasons and three-peats, but at this point it was only the second national championship for UConn. We're judged on what we look like, we're judged on who we love. Bird was named a WBCA All-American. [46] This game replaces the normal WNBA All-Star game with WNBA All-Stars versus USA Basketball, as part of the preparation for the FIBA World Championship for Women to be held in the Czech Republic during September and October 2010. 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Less than three weeks later, Bird was the No. From winning state titles at Christ the King and two NCAA crowns at UConn to capturing four WNBA titles and four Olympic gold medals, Bird has celebrated championships around the globe. Bird was part of the international team that won four each of Olympic gold medals and the FIBA World Cup. [13], Bird was recruited by a number of teams including Stanford and Vanderbilt. Bird competed for Team USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics, helping the team win its sixth straight gold medal, as they beat Spain 101–72 in the gold medal game. [25][26] On May 21, 2017, Bird returned after recovering from knee surgery and made her season debut, making her both the oldest active player and the oldest starter in the WNBA. Led by Taurasi, the Huskies would go on to win three consecutive titles (2002-04) for just the second three-peat in women's college basketball history. [22], During the 2012 WNBA season, Bird had been having problems with her knee. The sixth game was against undefeated Australia — the USA jumped out to a 24-point lead and the USA prevailed 83–75. Since 2017, Bird has been in a relationship with US Women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe. "The way I feel right now, if I can go through my offseason and continue to build on that in a good way," Bird said following Seattle's title, "I don't see why I won't be playing next summer. Several players shared scoring honors, with Swin Cash, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Lindsay Whalen, and Sylvia Fowles all ending as high scorer in the first few games. Just days before Bird and the Storm completed a sweep of the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA Finals on Oct. 6, UConn coach Geno Auriemma said no one was better prepared. The others are Ruth Riley, Sheryl Swoopes, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, and fellow Huskies Swin Cash, Kara Wolters, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Tamika Catchings, and Asjha Jones. The Americans won their fifth straight gold medal.[49]. Bird was still able to play 29 games during the regular season and in the playoffs. During the first week of the 2019 season, Bird was sidelined as she once again underwent left knee surgery and was ruled out indefinitely. She previously was a spokesperson for American Express and promoted brands like Mendi. The USA team won all nine games, including a close title game against Russia, which was a one-point game late in the game.[41]. In 2006, Bird was invited back to the National team for the World Championships held in Sao Paulo, Brazil in September 2006. She considered UConn the favorite, but she began to waver when Keirsten Walters and Brianne Stepherson, both point guards, announced commitments to UConn. [21] In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in the 15-year history of the WNBA. It didn't take the rest of the country long to put Bird on par with point guard royalty in the professional ranks. The rosters were equally lavish, even Dream Team-esque, as players such as Lauren Jackson, Taurasi, Tina Thompson and Bird (below, from left, with von Kalmanovic) teamed up to sweep Russian Super League and EuroLeague titles. She is one of only 11 women to attain all four accolades. The game was memorialized in a book, Bird at the Buzzer, in which Bird took the eponymous shot at the buzzer to win the game. 1 overall pick to come to Seattle. In Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, Seattle overcame a 19-point deficit, and Bird had an assist, a block, a rebound and then hit a 24-foot jumper with 2.8 seconds left for the win. She is also a five-time EuroLeague Champion (2007-2010, 2013). The 2001-02 UConn team, which had Bird and three other seniors (Swin Cash, Asjha Jones and Tamika Williams) in the starting lineup, is largely regarded as the best in women's college basketball history. The team was coached by Van Chancellor. And while the WNBA's all-time assists leader got shoutouts from LeBron James as he also closed in on a fourth title in his 17th season, her legacy extends off the court. Sue Bird has won at every level, and the Seattle Storm point guard just added to an already overflowing trophy case 10 days ago with her fourth WNBA championship.

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