Storm guard Shannon “Pee Wee” Johnson announced this morning that she will retire from the WNBA at the end of this season. I had a chance to talk to Johnson, teammate (and former rival) Sue Bird and Head Coach Brian Agler for a feature highlighting how Johnson is at peace with her decision to step away from the American pro game (she plans to continue playing overseas).
I first started watching the WNBA in 2002, when Johnson was at the peak of her career. In fact, one of the first analytical pieces I did on the league the following season season saw me describe Johnson as “perhaps the WNBA’s best point guard.” I have fond memories of the way Bird and Johnson used to go all-out at each other, especially when Johnson was traded to San Antonio and the two played each other three or four times a year.
This season has given me a different look at Johnson the person and the leader. She has been a terrific addition to the Storm’s locker room, and great to work with all season long. Certainly, Johnson will be missed.
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