Sue Bird teared up as fans - prompted by Diana Taurasi - chanted 'one more year' after her team's playoff loss

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Sue Bird. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

One of the greatest to ever do it may have played her final WNBA game.

Legendary point guard Sue Bird, the four-time WNBA champion who has long been the league's all-time assists leader, may retire this offseason after 18 seasons in a Seattle Storm uniform. And fittingly, she played what could have been her final game against her best friend and former college teammate, fellow WNBA icon Diana Taurasi.

Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird (right).
Bird (right) chats with Diana Taurasi after their 2021 playoff matchup. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

The Storm's 2021 season came to an end with Sunday's single-elimination playoff loss to Taurasi's Phoenix Mercury. During her on-court post-game interview with Taurasi and ESPN's Holly Rowe, Bird - who is 40 years old - acknowledged that the overtime thriller could very well have been her final WNBA performance.

Fans at Seattle's Angel of the Winds Arena promptly began chanting "one more year!" Taurasi even turned to the crowd and waved her arms to encourage cheers while Bird wiped her eyes with her jersey.

"These fans are gonna make me cry in about two seconds," Bird said as the chants began, then teared up. Rowe followed up by asking, "if this is the end, what has basketball meant for you and what do you hope you've meant for basketball?"

Sue Bird plays for the Seattle Storm in 2006 (left) and 2021 (right).
Sue Bird plays for the Seattle Storm in 2006 (left) and 2021 (right). AP Photo/Elaine Thompson; AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn

"Oh, you're pulling on them, Holly - you're pulling on the strings," Bird said. "Where do I begin? It's been everything. It's given me every experience I could ask for. It's given me amazing friends, amazing times whether it's here in Seattle, with USA Basketball, Russia, Connecticut."

"I mean, I could talk forever, but it's been amazing, and I will take my time and make the right decision," she added.

Check out the full video of Bird and Taurasi's post-game interview with Rowe below:

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