We were so busy last week creating Sue Bird content that we didn’t have much of a chance to highlight the other work out there around the Internet from a variety of sources.
ESPN.com’s Mechelle Voepel wrote a great tribute to Bird’s decade in Seattle and the way she’s become at home in the city.
So Bird has been an integral part of women’s basketball’s growth on both coasts.
“I actually never thought of it that way, but I guess I am proud of that,” Bird said. “When people ask me where I’m from, I always say New York. And I’m proud of that. But when it comes to where I live now, and where my home is, it’s Seattle. So I do represent both.
“I’m at ease when I’m in Seattle, and I feel the same way in New York. I always joke that my perfect world would be to somehow move Seattle to the East Coast, or uproot my friends and family and move them to Seattle.”
In the Seattle Times, Steve Kelley focused more on Bird’s legacy with the Storm and in Seattle.
For a decade now, Bird has been the Seattle Storm’s decision-maker. And no matter whom the Storm coach was, there hasn’t been a more secure feeling than seeing Bird with the basketball in her hands.
In a city that has been spoiled by a line of remarkable point guards from Lenny Wilkens to Gus Williams, Nate McMillan to Gary Payton, Bird belongs on the list.
Earlier in the week, Bird’s latest “Dishin’ It” feature in the Times saw her cover a number of different topics with Jon Fisch, from her music taste to her contract status.
Q. Are you going to sign a long-term deal like she did?
Bird: Possibly. It’s something that Brian (Agler) brought up a couple days ago. It’s something I need to talk about to my agent and the ownership and things like that.
Q. Do you want to wait until the end of the season, or while it’s still going on?
Bird: There are some rules where it benefits everybody if I sign during the season. If I wait, then I become an unrestricted free agent and then … there are all these rules! Too many! Assuming Seattle is the place I want to be, she says with an eye roll, it would benefit everybody for me to sign within the season. So I don’t know why that wouldn’t happen.
Our friends at King5 did a two-part series on Bird’s career with the Storm.
Also check out a video compiled of our list of Bird’s top 10 shots:
Bird is not the only Storm star in her 10th WNBA season. Jayda Evans looked at how Swin Cash has left a mark on both Detroit and Seattle during her career.
Cash was drafted behind Bird in the one of the best classes in WNBA history (2002). Today, her impact is clear.
“Any time you can be one place for a really long time, it’s special,” said Cash, a back-to-back All-Star Game MVP. “I don’t feel any less as far as it being my 10th year in the league. I appreciate my four years here and the other six that were in Detroit.”
This morning, the Times wrote about Sunday’s Wheaties signing at the Uptown QFC, for which fans lined up hours ahead of time.
“We’re Storm crazy,” said her aunt Marki Schillinger. While waiting, Sarah Lauer, of Bothell, and Rick Sakoda, of Seattle, talked about the first game they attended and when they bought their season tickets.
By the time they’d gotten through the line with their signed boxes — donated by QFC to promote the team and the community — they’d exchanged seat numbers and promises to look for each other.
“You can’t overstate how awesome the team and the fans are,” Sakoda said. “It’s like a party wrapped around a game.”