的 2002 没有. 1 整体选择, Bird has played her entire career with the Storm, where she has won four championships to go along with five selections to the All-WNBA first team and a record 12 All-Star Game appearances.
The team wrote, “Sue Bird is Storm basketball.”
鸟, 41, told reporters that she feels like she has played as long as she can at a very high level physically and mentally.
She said she looks forward to things that basketball seasons keeps a player from, pointing out she won’t have to set an alarm for early morning workouts and she can take real vacations without an eye on the next year. But she will miss the “grind” 片刻 — hard practices and a difficult travel schedule — 因为 “you’re still doing it with a team,” 她补充说.
Her hope, Bird said, is to find something that fulfills her in that way but she knows it will be hard to replace things that are part of life as a pro athlete. She alluded to an ESPN show she did with Diana Taurasi during the Final Four, saying cheekily, “Maybe that becomes a thing.”
When asked whether the announcement made for a happy or sad day, she said it was a combination.
“Not a lot of people do something for their entire lives the way that athletes do,” 她说, pointing out it was the end of a sporting life that began when she was 5 要么 6. She looks forward to retirement, saying she was excited and, “I get to start this new life.”
Bird is leading the Storm this season in assists (6.6 每场比赛) and is expected to be back on the court Friday when Seattle faces the Connecticut Sun on the road. 星期日, the Storm visit the Liberty, which will be Bird’s last game in her hometown of New York.