🏀💥 “10 No More!” The Storm Set to Bid Adieu to Sue Bird’s Iconic #10 Jersey on June 11 🎉
Seattle Storm says “goodbye #10, hello rafters!” in a massive celebration for Sue Bird, the legendary point guard with a career that has redefined the game. Festivities, fanfare, and a skyward jersey retirement are set for June 11. Bird’s legacy? 21-years with the Storm, record-shattering stats, 5 Olympic gold medals, 4 WNBA championships, and unparalleled influence on the game. Time to ask: who will be the next Sue Bird? 🤔
Now, let’s talk Sue Bird! The OG of the Seattle Storm, Bird has been blowing up the court for the past 21 years, breaking records like the rest of us break pencils. Her assist record? A whopping 3,234! But Bird isn’t just a pass master – she’s also ranked second in career three-pointers (1,001, y’all), third in steals (725 – no biggie), and seventh in points (6,803). If that’s not impressive, we don’t know what is! 🏀🔥
So, what’s the occasion? The Storm are throwing a big ol’ party on June 11 to retire her #10 jersey, making her the second player in franchise history to receive such an honor. And yep, you guessed it – there’ll be a pre-game ceremony at Climate Pledge Arena and a slew of other fun stuff. But the question here is, who’s gonna fill those size 10s when they’re hoisted up into the rafters? 🎉🤔
Bird is not just a player; she’s a legacy. Picked first overall by the Seattle Storm in the 2002 WNBA draft, Bird has either scored or assisted in a whopping 27.5% of every basket in Seattle Storm history. Mind you, this includes four seasons she wasn’t even playing! That’s impact!
Her record of five Olympic gold medals and four WNBA championships doesn’t just put her in a league of her own; it makes her the league. Not to mention, she’s the only player in WNBA history to play in at least 500 games, starting every one of her 580 career games.
Fans are urged to secure seats for the retirement game on June 11, either by purchasing single game tickets when they go on sale in March, buying a multi-game package, or becoming a Storm 360° Season Ticket Member.
But, despite her retirement, her influence in the league is far from over. Named to the W25 team in 2021 as one of the 25 greatest and most influential players in league history, Bird’s career has paved the way for the future stars of the game.
Who will step up to the challenge of following her lead? Who will take the reins and lead the Seattle Storm into their next chapter? 🤷♀️🤷♂️
And, maybe more importantly, which future legend’s jersey will join Bird’s in the rafters? Only time will tell. So, what’s your call, sports fans? Who’s the next Sue Bird? 👀🏀