Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird, who turned 40 Friday, stopped by The Old Man & the Three Podcast with JJ Redick and The Ringer's Tommy Alter this week before celebrating the big 4-0.
Bird is now a four-time WNBA Champ.
Now that she’s been home for a week from the ‘wubble’ after the Storm swept the Las Vegas Aces in the Finals, Bird has had time to reflect on her latest championship.
During the 20-game shortened regular season due to the global pandemic this year while playing in the WNAB bubble for over three months, Bird went through a lot.
Yes, she earned her fourth title (2004, 2010, 2018, 2020); but it wasn’t easy as she had to deal with a bone bruise in her left knee for a good majority of the season.
Not to mention, the 2020 season was a return year for Sue.
Bird didn't play a single game in 2019 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body in her left knee.
So when you add that to playing in what Bird calls “a bizarre” bubble environment, this 2020 WNBA championship means a little more to her.
“For me personally what makes this one so unique, is that I was dealing with an in-season injury. So, I really only played… half of it and it was already reduced games. So, it was kind of a weird mental game that I had to combat.”
Bird explained, “So you’re in the lineup, then you’re out of the lineup. So you get in a flow and then you’re completely out – that happened to me two different times. And then all of sudden it was like boom -- we’re in the playoffs.”
Bird played in 11 of the Storm’s 20 regular season games averaging 9.8 points and 5.2 assists.
She set a WNBA record with a career-high 16 assists in the WNBA Finals in Game 1 against the Aces. But more than anything, she was thankful to be healthy enough to play in the postseason.
Bird also reminisced with Redick and Alter about celebrating a championship.
This has to be one of the greatest quotes:
"Champagne goes to the head and think about it -- you haven’t had any food… You just expended so much energy and then you’re just taking champagne to the head."
We can only imagine what celebrating a WNBA championship is like, Sue!
Yep, Bird and the Seattle Storm knew how to party in the Wubble.
Listen to the entire podcast with Sue Bird here.