Sue Bird Emotional Farewell, WNBA Loss

UConn women’s basketball legend Sue Bird stood at center court at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle and bit her lower lip as she looked out at her hometown crowd in Seattle.

Her eyes began to water, and she tried to hold back the sniffles when the crowd started chanting, “Thank you, Sue!”

Bird blew a kiss to the franchise she’s called home for the last 21 years. She couldn’t hold back the tears any longer and began wiping them away from her cheeks.

Sue Bird’s 20-plus year basketball career is over. The UConn, WNBA and Team USA star has retired.

“I didn’t really want to leave the court but that’s where it felt like everybody was going, so I just followed at first,” said after the Seattle Storm’s 97-92 loss to the Las Vegas Aces Tuesday.

“But I also wanted to kind of have one last moment to say thank you, to soak it all in. Because in some ways, it is a happy thing. You know, proud of everything we’ve accomplished here.

“Of course, I’m sad, but there’s happiness to have a moment like that with fans, to have them chant the way they did. I know the tears don’t look like happy tears, but there’s a lot of happiness.”