Sue Bird, the WNBAs All-time assists leader, is one of the league’s Mount Rushmore talents. The Peter Pan of women’s basketball turns 37 years old today. While most athletes are long retired, 2018 will be Bird’s 16th WNBA season.
On her 37th birthday, look back at @S10Bird’s unforgettable, record-tying 10th #WNBAAllStar in Seattle this past July! #WNBABDAY https://t.co/zgKQyi6IZG
Straight out of Christ The King, the legendary womens high school basketball factory in Middle Village, Queens, Bird won multiple national championships as one of the driving catalysts for a dynasty UConn program that continued to grow to mythical proportions after Bird won the Naismith player of the year and moved onto the WNBA as the the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 Draft. She won a title in her first year with the Seattle Storm. Fifteen years later, she’s still setting standards in every phase of life.
Seattle’s Sue Bird Wins 2017 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award – Seattle Storm https://t.co/jgjQNAaoDX
The shorty from da Q-borough finished her UConn career ranked first in three-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage, second in assists and steals, and as a three-time winner of the Nancy Lieberman Award as the top point guard in the nation while leading her team to a record of 1144.
Birds accolades are endless. Shes won two WNBA championships (2004, 2010), four Olympic gold medals, (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), and led the WNBA in assists three times (2005, 2009, 2016). She is one of nine women to win an Olympic Gold Medal, an NCAA Championship, and a WNBA Championship. She’s also a member of the WNBA Top 20@20 as one of the league’s Top 20 Players of All Time.
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Bird has been a part of many of the watershed moments in WNBA history. Her bravery in returning from major injuries and her contributions to the sport of womens basketball is well documented and rarely duplicated. She provides a steady flair and edge that you traditionally find in old school NYC point guards. Shes a prolific leader and one of the memorable and legendary faces of the WNBA with a sneaker game that is also iconic.
A transcending athlete of Birds magnitude should be remembered on her 37th birthday. Shes still balling and averaged a career-high 6.6 dimes this season. After 15 years in the game and an international resume that elevates her global impact, Bird is a certified American hoops treasure.