The WNBA won’t be the same without Sue Bird.
On Tuesday, the Seattle Storm lost to the Las Vegas Aces 97-92 in Game 4 of the WNBA semifinals, ending Bird’s career. Bird had eight points along with eight assists in his final contest.
In June, Bird, 41, Announced that she would be retiring from “The W” after this season and that she was happy with what she accomplished during her 19-year run.
“It’s a bit of a mourning, knowing he’s going to be missed,” Bird said in June. “But I mean, I have no regrets. I feel wonderful about my career, the people I’ve met, the things we’ve all accomplished… And I’m excited for the next chapter.”
Though her final season didn’t end in a championship, Bird walks away from women’s basketball as one of the best players in the game. She is a four-time WNBA champion, the league’s all-time assists leader and is in the top 10 in games played, points and steals. Off the court, her style and advocacy for women’s rights added to her legendary status.
Once the game was over, stars flocked to social media to congratulate Bird on a successful run.
We have been so lucky to see you for 21 years.
— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) September 7, 2022
thanks. The game missed you.
— Diamond DeShields (@diamonddoesit1) September 7, 2022
Thank you Sue!💚
— LIQUID | Powerzsurge (@aerial_powers23) September 7, 2022
Congratulations to the Ace, but it sucks because today we say goodbye to a walking legend in the women’s game!
We will miss you in this game we know and love called 🏀.🌺🌸🌹💐🌺🌸🌹💐🌺🌸🌹💐🌺🌸🌹💐🌺🏀🌹💐🌺🌸🌹 https://t.co/pvrZyy7EHv
— Montrezl Harrell (@MONSTATREZZ) September 7, 2022
Any basketball fan not crying right now? #To sue 💚
— Jacki Twins (@JackiG_23) September 7, 2022
Sue Bird the GOD POINT! #GOAT
— THAD YOUNG (@yungsmoove21) September 7, 2022
Greeting @S10Bird in a legendary race!! 1 of the all-time greats!! You are appreciated!! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
—Quentin Richardson (@QRich) September 7, 2022
— michaela onyenwere 🤍 (@monyenwere_) September 7, 2022
The biggest. Thank you Su ❤️
— Katie Lou Samuelson (@33katielou) September 7, 2022
A fact. https://t.co/JrKGbvpGjd
— Tyrese Haliburton (@TyHaliburton22) September 7, 2022
Thanks to Sue Bird for an amazing run. I still remember the first time I met her when she was at uconn and she touched me. #strongisland
— Bria Hartley (@Breezyyy14) September 7, 2022
Thank you Su ❤️❤️
—Marina Mabrey (@mmabrey1) September 7, 2022
aw sue has me here crying 🏾
— didi richards (@Deauzya) September 7, 2022
— Isabelle Harrison (@OMG_itsizzyb) September 7, 2022
Thank you @S10Bird 🙌🏽 😮💨What an honor to share a Team USA jersey with you, to witness your excellence over the years, and to compete against you at the highest level. You gave us all so much ❤️❤️🔥❤️❤️🔥 pic.twitter.com/XTFLAGc7nh
— Layshia Clarendon (@Layshiac) September 7, 2022
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) September 7, 2022
An absolute legend… Thank you Sue! 💐
— Kia Nurse (@KayNurse11) September 7, 2022