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The eyes of the women’s basketball world were on the Climate Pledge Arena as Sue Bird played her final home game of the regular season for the Seattle Storm.
The Storm came out on top against the Las Vegas Aces, falling 89-81 on Sunday. Bird finished with nine points, six assists, four rebounds and one steal in 32 minutes on the floor.
But that did little to dampen the mood. From start to finish, Seattle fans made sure to give the 41-year-old a send-off befitting her legendary status:
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This young fan gave Sue Bird a flower during the final game of the regular season in Seattle ❤️ pic.twitter.com/H1OZGlkJWB
Sue Bird felt the love after the final game of the regular season in Seattle 👏 pic.twitter.com/OO69ZfDJZ4
The outpouring of support was also evident on social media:
His legacy @S10Bird she is etched on the Mount Rushmore of all basketball.
THANK YOU SUE! Dreams came true because of you… and they will continue to do so yes because of you! I love you @S10Bird
Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced before the game that August 7, 2022 will be Sue Bird Day.
At least so far, Bird’s final season probably doesn’t have the storybook ending he would have hoped for. The Storm are now in fourth place in the WNBA at 20-13, and Sunday’s loss was another example of how tough the road to a fourth title will be.
But Bird has already cemented her legacy as the best point guard in WNBA history.