During her illustrious 19-year career, Sue Bird has donned the uniform of the Seattle Storm a total of 651 times, counting both the regular season and postseason competition.
On Sunday, she played in Seattle's 89-81 loss to the Las Vegas Aces. Bird scored 9 points and had 6 assists
Bird told the fans after the game, "I'm really grateful." "Not just today and your support, but for 21 years... This is where I play and live."
Before the game, the Storm held a moving ceremony to remember Bird in front of the largest crowd in team history and the largest crowd ever to see a basketball game at Seattle's Climate Pledge Arena.
Bird was also awarded with a special ring in recognition of her many achievements, which include but are not limited to four WNBA championships, a record 13 All-Star appearances, and being the league's all-time leader in assists.
She is one of the most decorated women's basketball players of all time, having been named a WNBA All-Star a record 13 times, All-WNBA eight times, and winning five Olympic gold medals, four World Cup gold medals, and two NCAA titles.
Whereas she has been an outspoken advocate for change, using her position of power to advocate for social change initiatives such as LGBTQ+ rights and racial equality in Seattle and across the country.
Storm have already clinched a playoff position, but the WNBA's new system means this could be her last home game. The Storm are battling the Washington Mystics for the No. 4 seed and first-round homecourt.
While Seattle respects Suzanne Brigit Bird's services to the city and community, we wish her well in retirement.Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell proclaims August 7, 2022 as Sue Bird Day.