Sue Bird
Basketball player
Sue Bird
Suzanne Brigit "Sue" Bird is an American professional women's basketball player for the Seattle Storm and UMMC Ekaterinburg. In high school, she was the New York State Player of the Year, the New York Daily News Player of the Year, and a WBCA All-American. In her senior year at undefeated UConn in 2002, she won the Wade Trophy and the Naismith Award as College Player of the Year.
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Seattle Storm peaking at the perfect time as playoffs open
ABC News - 5 months
The past, present and future of Seattle Storm basketball fully intersected on July 15. Three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson came back from Australia for her jersey retirement ceremony. Sue Bird, who won two WNBA titles with Jackson, stole the show with her hilarious and touching tribute to her former teammate. And the young duo charged with being the "next" Bird and LJ -- guard Jewell Loyd and forward Breanna Stewart -- smiled while watching the proceedings. But in their minds, you know the wheels had to be spinning just a little: "Might this be us someday? Will we have this kind of legacy?" Then, of course, it was back to the everyday work of the WNBA season, and for Stewart, the Rio de Janeiro Olympics too. But the second rendition of the same storyline in Seattle -- two No. 1 picks taken in back-to-back years and becoming a dynamic duo -- is in the early stages of playing out very well for the Storm. Seattle returns to the playoffs after a two-year.. ...
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Sparks fall to Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm, 79-72
LATimes - 6 months
Sue Bird hit a season-high five three-pointers and scored 15 points to lead the Seattle Storm to a surprising 79-72 victory over the WNBA-leading Sparks on Friday night.  Coming off her record seventh gold medal in international competition at the Olympics, Bird was 5 of 7 from behind the arc....
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U.S. women defeat France, 86-67, for a trip to the gold-medal game
LATimes - 6 months
Team USA captain Sue Bird missed Thursday’s semifinal because of a right knee injury, but that did not much matter for the United States, which advanced to Saturday’s gold-medal game with a 86-67 victory over France on Thursday. The United States led by just four at halftime but turned up the defensive...
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US Women's Basketball Captain Sue Bird Has Knee Sprain
abc News - 6 months
Sue Bird has a knee capsule sprain and the U.S. women's basketball team's point guard and captain is day-to-day
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Diana Taurasi leads U.S. women's basketball team past Canada
ABC News - 7 months
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Diana Taurasi scored 14 points and Elena Delle Donne added 12 to help the U.S. women's basketball team beat Canada 83-43 on Friday night in an exhibition game. After struggling in their first two exhibition games in the first half, the Americans jumped all over their neighbors to the north. The U.S. had just a three-point lead on the U.S.A. Select Team in their pre-Olympic tour opener Monday and led France by one point at the half on Wednesday. The Americans wouldn't let that happen against Canada. Geno Auriemma started five UConn alums much to the delight of the Connecticut fans who turned out in force to send off the Americans to the Rio Olympics next week. Taurasi, Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart struggled offensively when they played, but defensively, they shut down Canada. The Canadians missed 13 of their first 14 shots and couldn't recover from the slow start, trailing by 13 after one quarter and.. ...
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Taurasi, Catchings, Bird Headline US Women's Olympic Team
NYTimes - 10 months
Four-time Olympians Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings headline the U.S. women's national team roster heading to Brazil for the Rio Games this summer.
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Reigning Olympic women's basketball champs USA name finalists
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Three-time Olympic champions Tamika Catchings, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are among 16 finalists named Thursday for the US Olympic women's basketball training camp scheduled for February 21-23. The session at the University of Connecticut is expected to be the last gathering of players before the roster is trimmed to the 12-player lineup that will try and bring the Americans a sixth consecutive gold medal in August at Rio. "This three-day training camp becomes a vital part in our preparations," said US and Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma, who has a 23-0 record at the 2012 Olympics and 2010 and 2014 worlds.
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Catchings, Bird and Taurasi Are Among Finalists for U.S. Team
NYTimes - about 1 year
If named to the team, Tamika Catchings, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi will be seeking a fourth straight Olympic gold medal.
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Principle-Free Principal Training
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Chicago taxpayers undoubtedly slept better this week after being reassured by former Board of Education President David Vitale that they got their money's worth from the now-infamous $20.5 million, no-bid contract between CPS and SUPES Academy. But what else was Vitale supposed to say about the contract that his board unanimously approved back in June 2013 -- the same contract that will soon earn his former CPS colleague Barbara Byrd-Bennett "safe passage" to a federal prison? Vitale has been defending the SUPES deal since July 2013, when veteran education reporter Sarah Karp (then with Catalyst Chicago) began investigating a financial arrangement that struck her as unusual. Don't expect him to stop now. Vitale has zealously defended the no-bid nature of the contract, insisting SUPES offered CPS a principal training program with a unique "mentor-coach" component. He also acknowledged knowing back in June 2013 that Byrd-Bennett had worked for SUPES before joining CPS. This w ...
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WNBA star Sue Bird weighs in on Diana Taurasi skipping 2015 season
USA Today - about 2 years
"A lot of players go overseas to play, and there's a lot of money to be made over there."           
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Mixture of veterans and youth invited to US women's hoops training camp
Fox News - over 3 years
Three-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Tamika Catchings highlight the 33 players invited to the U.S. women's basketball national team training camp that will take place the first weekend in October in Las Vegas.
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Seattle's Sue Bird optimistic after left knee surgery that sidelines her for WNBA season
Fox News - over 3 years
Sue Bird isn't gearing up for the start of the WNBA season for the first time in her 11-year career.
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No Sue Bird, no Lauren Jackson gives Seattle Storm a new look for 2013
Fox News - almost 4 years
The Seattle Storm got used to star center Lauren Jackson being absent because of injuries and commitments with the Australian national team.
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'It's A Dream Come True'
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Brittney Griner left an indelible mark on women's college basketball. Now she's ready to take on the pros. The Phoenix Mercury took Baylor's star center with the top pick in the WNBA draft Monday night. Despite knowing she was going first, the two-time AP Player of the Year admitted she was extremely nervous. "It's a dream come true, I'm like a little kid in Disney World the first time meeting all the characters," Griner said. "Sitting at the table they said 15 seconds and my heart started beating so fast. I was grabbing the tablecloth underneath." The 6-foot-8 phenom finished as the second all-time scorer in women's NCAA history, with 3,283 points. She is the top shot-blocker ever, shattering both the men's and women's college marks with 748. She also had a record 18 dunks — including 11 this season. WNBA president Laurel Richie opened the draft offering the league's thoughts and prayers to ...
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Sue Bird has knee surgery, will miss WNBA season
USA Today - almost 4 years
Sue Bird had a cyst removed from her left knee and will need six months to heal.
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Sue Bird upbeat despite needing another surgery on her right knee
Fox News - almost 4 years
Sue Bird is no stranger to surgeries.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sue Bird
  • 2014
    Bird would come back healthy for the 2014 season, she played 33 games, averaged 10.6 ppg and 4.6 apg.
    More Details Hide Details She was voted as a WNBA all-star that year. However the Storm never made it to the playoffs. In the 2016 season, Bird averaged 12.6 ppg and led the league in assists with 5.8 apg. The Storm were able to make it back to the playoffs for the first time in 3 years with a 16-18 record. With the WNBA's new playoff format in effect, the Storm were the number 7 seed in the league and faced the Atlanta Dream in the first round, losing the single elimination game 94-85.
  • 2013
    Because of this she had to have surgery which would prevent her from playing the entire 2013 season with the Storm.
    More Details Hide Details Bird played 29 games during the 2012 season before being shut down in order to get the knee surgery.
  • 2012
    During the 2012 WNBA season Bird had been having problems with her knee.
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  • 2011
    In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in the fifteen-year history of the WNBA.
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    In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All Time.
    More Details Hide Details Bird was born on October 16, 1980 in Syosset, Nassau County, New York on Long Island to Herschel and Nancy Bird. She only has one sibling, an older sister named Jen. Her father is an Italian-born Russian Jew and their original last name was "Boorda". As a result, she has also held Israeli citizenship since 2006 but represents her birth country (the United States) in international competitions. Bird was raised in her mother's Christian religion. Bird was interested in sports from an early age, which was partly influenced by her athletic older sister. Besides basketball, she played soccer, tennis, and ran track. Sue became a very good player and started playing AAU basketball in the sixth grade. While only 11 years old, she played during halftime of a St. John's basketball game; her play was so impressive that a security guard asked for her autograph.
  • 2010
    Bird was named as one of the National team members to represent the USA Basketball team in the WNBA versus USA Basketball. This game replaces the normal WNBA All-Star game with WNBA All-Stars versus USA Basketball, as part of the preparation for the FIBA World Championship for Women to be held in the Czech Republic during September and October 2010. Bird was selected to be a member of the National team representing the USA at the World Championships held in September and October 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The team was coached by Geno Auriemma. Because many team members were still playing in the WNBA until just prior to the event, the team had only one day of practice with the entire team before leaving for Ostrava and Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. Even with limited practice, the team managed to win its first games against Greece by 26 points. The team continued to dominate with victory margins exceeding 20 points in the first five games. Several players shared scoring honors, with Swin Cash, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Lindsay Whalen, and Sylvia Fowles all ending as high scorer in the first few games. The sixth game was against undefeated Australia — the USA jumped out to a 24-point lead and the USA prevailed 83–75. The USA won its next two games by over 30 points, then faced the host team, the Czech Republic, in the championship game. The USA team had only a five-point lead at halftime, which was cut to three points, but the Czechs never got closer. Team USA went on to win the championship and gold medal. Bird averaged 5.6 points per game and led the team in assists with 26.
    The team selected to play for the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics is usually chosen from these participants.
    More Details Hide Details At the conclusion of the training camp, the team will travel to Ekaterinburg, Russia, where they compete in the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational.
    Bird now has two WNBA championships to go along with her two NCAA championships after the Seattle Storm beat the Atlanta Dream for the 2010 WNBA championship.
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  • 2008
    In the summer of 2008, she was invited back to be on the 2008 Olympic basketball team.
    More Details Hide Details The team won the gold medal in Beijing, China. Bird started all eight games, and led the team in steals, with 14. Bird was invited to the USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp in the fall of 2009.
  • 2006
    In 2006, Bird was invited back to the National team for the World Championships held in Sao Paulo, Brazil in September 2006.
    More Details Hide Details With the retirements of Lisa Leslie and Dawn Staley and injuries to Sheryl Swoopes, Bird, along with Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi stepped up to leading roles on the national team. The USA team won eight of the nine games they played, but fell against Russia 75–68 in the medal round, so ended up with the bronze medal. Over the nine games, Bird hit 50% of her three-point attempts, typing her for accuracy leadership along with Taurasi and Swoopes. Bird led the team with 41 assists.
    In the 2006–2007 WNBA off-season, she joined Storm teammate Lauren Jackson and fellow UConn stars Diana Taurasi and Svetlana Abrosimova on the Russian team Spartak Moscow Region to win both the Russian Super League and the EuroLeague Women championships.
    More Details Hide Details Bird would keep playing with team for the next four WNBA off-seasons. From 2011-2014, Bird played three off-seasons for UMMC Ekaterinburg in the Russian League. She competed with USA Basketball as a member of the 2000 Jones Cup Team in Taipei. Bird started all four games, and led the team with 17 assists, helping lead the team to the gold medal.
  • 2005
    In the 2005–2006 WNBA off-season, she played on the same team, reaching the Russian championship and the Euroleague women's playoffs.
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  • 2004
    In the 2004–2005 WNBA off-season, she played in Russia, with Storm teammate Kamila Vodichkova on the Dynamo Moscow.
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    In 2004 Bird helped the Storm win its first WNBA Championship.
    More Details Hide Details By winning the WNBA Championship Bird became one of 9 women to receive an Olympic Gold Medal, an NCAA Championship, and a WNBA Championship. The others are Ruth Riley, Sheryl Swoopes, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, and fellow Huskies Swin Cash, Kara Wolters, Diana Taurasi, and following London 2012, Maya Moore & Tamika Catchings.
  • 2002
    In 2002, Bird was named to the national team which competed in the World Championships in Zhangjiagang, Changzhou and Nanjing, China.
    More Details Hide Details The team was coached by Van Chancellor. Bird scored 4.3 points per game. The USA team won all nine games, including a close title game against Russia, which was a one-point game late in the game. In the 2003–2004 off-season, Bird was named to the United States 2004 Women's Olympic Basketball Team's roster. The USA team would go on to win the gold at the games in Athens, Greece.
    She was selected as a starter on the 2002 WNBA Western Conference All-Star team.
    More Details Hide Details Bird was the runner-up for the Rookie of the Year award, and one of only two rookies to make the All-WNBA First Team. She also led the Storm to their first playoff appearance. During her first year in the league, Bird scored a career-high 33 points in a regular season game against the Portland Fire. Since her rookie season she has been selected to the Western Conference All Star team.
    The Seattle Storm selected Bird with the first overall pick of the 2002 WNBA Draft.
    More Details Hide Details In her rookie season, Bird started all 32 games for the Storm and averaged 14.4 ppg.
    That was the last loss of Bird's college career, as the Huskies went an undefeated 39–0 in her 2002 senior season.
    More Details Hide Details In that season, she won the Wade Trophy and Naismith Award as College Player of the Year. During her junior year, Bird played in a game against Notre Dame referred to as "the best women's basketball game ever played". The game was memorialized in a book, Bird at the Buzzer, in which Bird took the eponymous shot at the buzzer to win the game. She finished her UConn career on many of the record lists. She currently ranks No. 24 on the 1,000 point list with 1,378 points, No. 2 in assists with 585, and seventh with 243 steals. She ranks number 1 in three point field goal percentage (45.9) and free throw percentage (89.2). She won two National Championships, three Big East Championships and Big East regular season titles. Bird was the inaugural winner of the Nancy Lieberman Award in 2000, given to the top point guard in the nation, and won the award in 2001 and 2002. Overall her record at UConn in games she played is a remarkable 114–4. Bird was a member of the inaugural class (2006) of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program.
    The Seattle Storm selected Bird with the first overall pick of the 2002 WNBA Draft.
    More Details Hide Details Bird has won two WNBA championships (2004, 2010), four Olympic gold medals, (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), and led the WNBA in assists three times (2005, 2009, 2016). She has also been selected to nine WNBA All-Star teams and seven All-WNBA teams. She is one of 9 women to win an Olympic Gold Medal, an NCAA Championship, and a WNBA Championship.
    In high school, she was the New York State Player of the Year, the New York Daily News Player of the Year, and a WBCA All-American. In her senior year at undefeated UConn in 2002, she won the Wade Trophy and the Naismith Award as College Player of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details She finished her UConn career ranked first in three-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage, second in assists and steals, and as a three-time winner of the Nancy Lieberman Award as the top point guard in the nation, while leading her team to a record of 114–4.
  • 2000
    In her sophomore season (1999–2000) she came back to lead the team to a 36–1 record and won the Big East Championship and the 2000 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament.
    More Details Hide Details The Huskies went 32–3 in her junior season. The last loss was to Big East rival Notre Dame in the Final Four.
  • 1980
    Born on October 16, 1980.
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