The Seattle Storm have been a WNBA franchise since 2000.
They have now won four championships for the city of Seattle.
The one common denominator between their 2004, 2010, 2018 and now 2020 titles:
Future Hall of Fame point guard Sue Bird, who was selected No. 1 overall in 2002.
When asked if this was the best Storm team she has ever been a part of after the Storm dominated the Las Vegas Aces in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals, while also going undefeated in the postseason this year, Bird said it was too difficult to compare previous teams.
But she did acknowledge that the overall balance of the 2020 Storm squad is unparalleled.
Bird also took a moment after Tuesday's win to reflect on her career.
“I think the fact that I’ve been able to do it in different decades with the same franchise, not many people can say that,” Bird explained on how she’s proud of her longevity in the league and the success that has come her way.
But the burning question on everyone’s mind was:
Is this the last time we see Sue Bird in a Seattle Storm uniform?
We sure hope not.
And it doesn’t sound like she’s ready to hang it up yet either.
“I just kind of start working out and I see how I feel," Bird said postgame. "And I’m not trying to be illusive. Like, listen the way -- I feel right now -- if I can go through my offseason and continue to build on that in a good way, I don’t see why I won’t be playing next summer.”
As Bird gets ready to turn 40-years-old next month, she said she is going to “see how her body feels” when she begins training again for next season.
But after having arthroscopic surgery on her left knee in May of 2019, and rehabbing her way back to the court to return this season, it hasn’t been an easy road for the 11-time All-Star.
“This is the one time that I’m not going to sugar coat it -- it’s been hard -- a lot of ups, a lot of downs. I think the hardest part about being an older player is when there’s that down [feeling] physically you start to question whether you can do it anymore. You start to question why you’re doing it, you start to question if it’s worth it because it can be hard, but this is when I have to give credit to my circle."
For now, Bird is going to celebrate and enjoy her fourth WNBA championship with her circle as we all have our fingers crossed that she is back on the court next season.