Sue Bird took some time out of her lengthy jersey retirement speech last weekend to discuss the future of the only WNBA team she ever played for.
And how Jewell Loyd is now in charge of that team, the Seattle Storm.
Bird addressed her former teammate, saying, “I’m still so pleased that I have a courtside seat and I get to watch it continue. To see your game evolve, to see you grow as a person, as a human, as a basketball player. I’m really happy for you. Really, you are becoming into such a beautiful leader and player to watch. I’m amazed by the way your teammate interacts with you.
Bird served as the Storm’s face for more than 20 years, and for two distinct phases, she was joined by Lauren Jackson and Breanna Stewart, who were probably the finest players in the world at the time.