WNBA star and five-time Olympic champion Sue Bird will retire after 2022 | WNBA

Seattle Storm star and Olympic five-time gold medalist Sue Bird has announced that the 2022 season will be his last play at the WNBA.

The 41-year-old Bird’s announcement put an end to speculation about her future. When she re-signed Seattle in February, she admitted that this could be her final season. She was pondering her retirement after last season before choosing to return to the 19th season as a player.

The bird announcement took place the day before the Seattle match in Connecticut. Storm concludes his road trip on Sunday in New York, about 30 miles from where Bird grew up in Syosset, NY.

“After the season, as I said, I knew quite a bit, and then looked at the schedule, and when I started packing a bit for this trip, I was like: “Oh, this will be my last time playing in New York. The last time I played in front of my family and friends.” And that’s why this is the time, “Bird told social media. Said in a video posted by Storm.

“I really felt strongly about announcing my retirement, saying it was last year. Share it with my family and friends and everyone in New York who has seen me grow and watch me play. To be able to do it at the end in the state of my house. So I’m excited about it. It’s bittersweet. “

Bird is a four-time WNBA champion, twelve all-stars, and the oldest player in the league. She has spent her entire WNBA career in Seattle since being named No. 1 in the draft in 2002, following her renowned college career at UConn. She was her 19th play this season after missing two seasons due to her injury, but her 21st in relation to the franchise.

Sue Bird helped lead the US women’s basketball team to the gold medal at the fifth consecutive Olympic Games. Photo: Christian Petersen / Getty Images

Her resume is enviable for everyone in professional sports, not to mention basketball. National Championships at UConn in 2000 and 2002. She won the WNBA title in Seattle in 2004, 2008, 2018 and 2020. Finally, it appeared in Florida’s WNBA “Bubble” in a coronavirus pandemic.

Bird has listed five additional titles to play abroad in the EuroLeague. Last year she added her fifth Olympic gold medal in Tokyo to match what she won in Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Bird was this year’s AP National Player for her final season at UConn. With five all-WNBA First Team Selections, she is the greatest leader in league assist history and the only player in more than 500 games in league history.

She has been recognized on all possible lists as one of the most influential and best players in the history of the league. And she is the standard by which other point guards are judged.

Bird turned 42 in October and was about to leave a year ago. When the storm was eliminated by Phoenix Mercury in the playoffs, her fans said, “One more year! Another year!” When she interviewed in court.

These cheers were enthusiastic by Phoenix’s longtime star Diana Torashi, UConn’s former college teammate Bird, and some of those Olympic gold medals in all five runs.

In the end, fans and Taurashi got what they wanted. Just another year, the birds are back.

“Sue Bird is a storm basketball,” her WNBA team tweeted shortly after Bird announced her decision. “Every moment, every memory has one constant. No. 10. It’s time for the final chapter.”

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