Sue Bird makes it official, calling 2022 the last year

So Bird He made it official. Although she said all signs point to this being her last season, she didn’t come out until Thursday and says it’s true. Then came the hashtag: #TheFinalYear.

Bird announced on Twitter that she is playing the final months of her career after 21 seasons, all with Seattle Storm. the team too issued a statement with the news.

“I decided this would be my last year,” she wrote. “I loved every minute, and I still love it, so I’m going to play last year, just like this little girl I played first.”

The two photos show her interviewing ESPN’s Holly Rowe After a playoff game last year When the Seattle crowd poured outanother yearCheers amid a conversation with her friend and Phoenix Mercury star Diana Torassi, her second as a kid playing basketball.

Bird, 41, said she really thought about retiring after last season, but cheers “another year.” wobble it back. I made that announcement in January and took a massive pay cut from the WNBA cap to stay with the storm and build a quality team. Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd re-signed again in Seattle during free agency.

Sylvia Fowles and Brian Jan, who signed a contract with Free Storm Agency, also announced that these would be their last years. Candice Parker, 36, said before the season that she was also considering retirement. The final seasons of birds He will appear in a documentary.

Bird’s legendary career

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Sue Bird waves to the crowd at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. (Photo by Steve Chambers/Getty Images)

Bird has spent her entire career with Storm and is the only player in the WNBA or NBA to win a championship in all three decades. She helped Seattle reach the top in 2004, 10, 18 and 20.

The bystander star continues to build on her WNBA assisting record which currently stands at 3,114 as of Thursday afternoon. That’s 514 more than Ticha Penicheiro (2600) per second. She was joined by two other players in the top five: Courtney Vanderslott (2272) and Taurasi (2099).

She is the only player to have played at least 500 matches (559, all started) and ranks second in 3 throws (965), fourth in steals (700) and seventh in points (6,639).

She has been a part of all but five of the league’s 26 seasons after Seattle drafted her No. 1 outside of UConn in 2002. According to the team, she has scored or assisted in 27.5% of every basket recorded in the history of the Storm franchise. This includes the four seasons (2000, 2001, 2013 and 2019) in which she did not play. If you include only the matches you’ve played in, the score jumps to 35.4% for each team.

The Storm (9-5) is in Connecticut to play The Sun (Friday, 7 p.m. ET on CBS Sports). It’s where she became a two-time NCAA Champion with the Huskies and was named a National Female Player of the Year in her first year.

As a starting goalkeeper with Team USA, she won five consecutive gold medals – a record for a player – as well as four World Cup golds and a bronze. The 10 medals is the most basketball player, men’s or women’s, around the world, and is one of 11 players to ever win an Olympic gold, World Cup gold, WNBA title and NCAA title. She also won the Euroleague when she played in Russia.

What’s next for Sue Bird?

bird TOGETHXR launched With Alex Morgan, Chloe Kim and Simone Manuel in March 2021 to focus attention on women’s sports and the media. The company covers women’s sports in an attempt to change the statistic that about 4% of all sports coverage is geared towards women’s sports.

She could also start broadcasting herself after the success of her ‘Manningcast’ work on Final Four Women 2022. She and Diana Taurasi hosted alternative radio broadcasts. proven successful Clips of their antics spread all over social media.

Life can also be brought up in social justice and work initiatives. Baird, member of the Executive Board of the WNBA Players Association, was a leader In social justice initiatives through the Association and beyond. She helped Raphael Warnock get elected to the Georgia Senate in 2020.

Immediately, Bird and two-time World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe plan a wedding. The Two entered their engagement in October 2020 Bird said recently that it’s been tough planning a wedding around a football schedule.