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Sue Bird

  • As of  Sept. 1 2018.

USA Basketball Notes

  • Gold Medals: 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games; 2002, 2010, 2014 and 2018 FIBA World Cups; 2007 FIBA Americas Championship; 2000 R. William Jones Cup.
  • Bronze Medal: 2006 FIBA World Cup.
  • International Invitationals: 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational (gold), 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament (gold), 2007 FIBA World League Tournament (silver), 2002 Opals World Challenge (gold).
  • Is 134-5 all-time in USA Basketball games played.
  • 2017-20 USA National Team:
    • One of eight players who have committed to participate in the USA's 2019-20 expanded training program as announced on July 27, 2019.
    • Helped lead the USA to the 2018 FIBA World Cup gold medal and a perfect 6-0 slate in Tenerife, Spain.
    • Aided the 2018 USA National Team to an 83-46 exhibition victory over China on April 26 in Seattle.
    • Participated in the USA’s fall 2017 and winter 2018 training camps in Santa Barbara, California, and Columbia, South Carolina.
  • After playing in 2000 on the USA R. William Jones Cup and USA Select teams, was called up to the USA National Team in April 2002. Since then, has helped the USA to four-straight Olympic gold medals with perfect 8-0 records each time, four FIBA World Cup gold medals (30-0), one FIBA World Cup bronze medal (8-1) and one FIBA Americas Championship gold (5-0). During that time, the USA National Team with Bird on the floor also has compiled a 54-2 exhibition record.
  • Nine medals in Olympics and World Cups is the most of any basketball athlete in the world in the two international majors.
  • Is the most decorated FIBA World Cup athlete in history, male or female, owning four gold medals (2002, 2010, 2014, 2018) and one bronze medal (2006). Also, is the only five-time FIBA World Cup medalist.
  • One of 11 players to have earned an Olympic gold medal, FIBA World Cup gold medal, WNBA title and NCAA title. Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Cynthia Cooper, Asjha Jones, Brittney Griner, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart, Sheryl Swoopes, Diana Taurasi and Kara Wolters round out the list.
  • Led the 2012 Olympic 12-team field for assist-to-turnover ratio (3.27) and tied for second best with 4.5 apg.
  • Her 36 assists in 2012 rank as the second-most for a U.S. athlete in a single Olympics (Teresa Edwards, 64 in 1996) and currently ranks second all-time among U.S.
  • Olympic career record holders for assists (89) through four Olympiads.
  • Dished out 41 assists at the ‘06 Worlds, which ranks second among all-time USA single World Cup competition leaders (Dawn Staley, 52 in 1998).
  • Among USA all-time World Cup competition records, ranks first for assists (107), fifth for steals (38) and is tied for 10th for points (188).
  • Finished the 2006 FIBA World Championship as the tournament’s assist leader (4.6 apg.).
  • Member of the 2000 USA Select Team that competed against the eventual gold medal winning 2000 U.S. Olympic Team in an exhibition contest in Hawaii.
  • Competed for the 2000 USA R. William Jones Cup Team that captured gold with a 4-0 record in Taiwan.

Professional Notes

  • Drafted: No. 1 in 2002 by the Seattle Storm.
  • WNBA titles: 2004, 2010, 2018.
  • All-WNBA first team: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2016.
  • All-WNBA second team: 2008, 2010, 2011.
  • WNBA All-Star Games: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 (injured), 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018.
  • WNBA assists leader: 2009, 2016.
  • WNBA All-Decade Team: 1997-06.
  • Top 15 Players in WNBA History (15th Anniversary Team): 2011.
  • WNBA Top 20@20: 2016.
  • WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: 2011 (shared with Ruth Riley), 2017, 2018.
  • EuroLeague titles: 2007-10, 2013.
  • EuroLeague All-Star Games: 2008, 2011.
  • During her 18-year career, the Storm posted a 316-260 (.549) record in the regular season, and captured three WNBA titles.
  • Sidelined the 2019 WNBA season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on her left knee on May 30.
  • Is the all-time WNBA career assists leader after surpassing Ticha Penicheiro (2,599) on Sept. 1, 2017, and closed the 2018 season with 2,831 assists.
  • Sat out the 2013 WNBA season after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst from her right knee.
  • Played 10 seasons (2004-05 to 2013-14) in Russia, spent her first two years with WBC Dynamo, before playing five seasons for Spartak Moscow Region Vidjoje and the last three seasons with UMMC Ekaterinburg.
  • Helped lead the Storm to a sweep of the 2010 playoffs and second WNBA title; the 2010 Storm also posted a franchise-record 28-6 slate.
  • Led the WNBA in 2009 for assists with 5.8 apg.
  • Second-leading vote getter for 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year.

College Years

  • During her four years (1999-02) at UConn, the Huskies posted a 136-9 record (.938), played in four NCAA Tournaments, won a pair of NCAA crowns (2000, 2002), advanced to the 2001 Final Four and earned four Big East Conference regular season and tournament titles.
  • National Player of the Year awards: Naismith, Wade Trophy, Honda Award, Associated Press and USBWA and the first annual Senior C.L.A.S.S. award (2002).
  • Top Female College Athlete of the Year ESPY winner (2002).
  • NCAA All-Final Four (2000, 2002), NCAA Mideast Region Most Outstanding Player (2002) and NCAA All-East Regional (2000).
  • Big East Player of the Year (2002), All-Big East first team (2002, 2001) and All-Big East second team (2000).
  • Big East All-Tournament Team (2002).

Personal Notes

  • Hails from Syosset, New York, and currently splits her time living in Seattle, Washington, and Greenwich, New York.
  • Daughter of Nancy and Herschel Bird, has one sister, Jennifer.
  • Girl friend is soccer Olympic and World Cup gold medalist Megan Rapinoe.
  • Earned her degree in communication sciences.
  • Attended Christ The King H.S. (N.Y.), where she won two state titles and was the MVP of the 1998 state tournament.
  • A multi-sport athlete and National Honor Society member in high school, earned varsity letters twice in soccer and once in track.
  • In 2003 was voted by Seattle sports fans to replace SuperSonics and 2000 U.S. Olympic Team guard Gary Payton's billboard at the entrance of Seattle's Nike Town. She not only beat out Sonics guard and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Ray Allen, the runner-up, but also Lance Armstrong, Mia Hamm and Marion Jones.
  • Favorite musician (as of 2016) is Citizen Cope; and enjoys watching Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, The Fall and The Affair, among other shows.
  • Enjoys reading US, Details and Dwell magazines.
  • Has had six surgeries in her left knee and two in her hips (one left, one right).
  • Her love of basketball began at age 6 at a New York Knicks game, and she began playing because her older sister played.
  • Keeps her Olympic and FIBA World Championship medals in a safe deposit box.

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USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM G/S MIN/G FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST TO BLK STL
2018 WC 5/ 5
 20.0 7- 17
.412
6- 15
.400
0- 0
.---
13/ 2.6
20/ 4.0
24
6
0
 3
2018 WNT  1/ 1 13.7
0- 2
.000
0- 2
 .000 0- 0
.---
2/ 2.0
0/ 0.0
5
1
0 1
2016 OLY 7/  7 19.1 11-  26 .423 4-  13 .308 0-   0 .--- 16/ 2.3 26/ 3.7 31 4 0 8
2016 OLYx 4/  4 23.0 5-  15 .333 1-2 .500 2-   2 1.000 10/ 2.5 13/ 3.3 19 4 0 4
2015 WNT 4/  3 24.5 10-  19 .526 3-8 .375 0-   0 .--- 6/ 1.5 23/ 5.8 9 6 0 6
2014 WC 6/  6  20.7 8-  19 .421 1-6 .167 2-   2 1.000 13/ 2.2  19/ 3.2 13 11 0 5
2014 WCx 5/  5 16.2 8-  20 .400 3-7 .429 1-   1 1.000 11/ 2.2 20/ 4.0 13 3 1 2
2012 OLY 8/  8 24.9 21-  43 .488 7-  21 .333 0-   0 .--- 17/ 2.1 49/ 6.1 36 11 0 2
2012 OLYx 3/  1 20.3 5-  10 .500 2-4 .500 0-   0 .--- 5/ 1.7 12/ 4.0 14 1 0 3
2010 WC 9/  9 22.4 22-  45 .489 6-  17 .353 0-   0 .--- 20/ 2.2 50/ 5.6 26 12 0 12
2010 WNT 1/  1 20.0 1-2 .500 0-1 .000 0-   0 .--- 1/ 1.0 2/ 2.0 5 1 0 0
2009 WNT 3/  3 29.3 8-  24 .333 1-  10 .100 2-   2 1.000 7/ 2.3 19/ 6.3 14 5 0 2
2008 OLY 8/  8 18.5 10-  31 .323 2-  10 .200 2-   4 .500 18/ 2.3 24/ 3.0 14 5 0 14
2008 OLYx 3/  3  22.7 9-  14 .643 4-7 .571 2-   2 1.000 9/ 3.0 24/ 8.0 5 3 0 5
2007 COLL 8/  8 24.5 24-  52 .462 12-  26 .462 12- 12 1.000 18/ 2.3 72/ 9.0 23 11 0 5
2007 FWLT 5/  5 26.2 13-  26 .500 6-  14 .429 4-   4 1.000 11/ 2.2 36/ 7.2 15 10 0 7
2007 TOA 5/  5 19.8 11-  22 .500 2-7 .286 4-   4 1.000 19/ 3.8 28/ 5.6 20 9 1 10
2007 WNT 2/  2 31.0 7-  15 .467 1-3 .333 3-   4 .750 8/ 4.0 18/ 9.0 6 9 0 5
2006 WC 9/  9 23.3 27-  56 .482 10-  20 .500 5-   8 .625 13/ 1.4 69/ 7.7 41 16 1 12
2006 WCx 1/  1 26.0 3-   6 .500 0-1 .000 0-   0 .--- 2/ 2.0 6/ 6.0 3 1 0 1
2006 WNT 3/  2 22.7 5-  10 .500 3-4 .750 2-   2 1.000 9/ 3.0 15/ 5.0 6 1 0 3
2004 OLY 7/  0 12.9 9-  30 .300 2-  16 .125 0-   0 .--- 6/ 0.9 20/ 2.9 8 6 0 2
2004 OLYx 3/  0 18.3 7-  15 .467 2-6 .333 2-   2 1.000 3/ 1.0 18/ 6.0 5 4 0 4
2004 WNT 13/  0 18.4 22-  53 .415 10-  30 .333 3-   4 .750 28/ 2.2 57/ 4.4 48 27 1 16
2002 WC 7/  0 15.9 9-  27 .333 4-  12 .333 8-   8 1.000 7/ 1.0 30/ 4.3 3 7 0 6
2002 OWC 4/  0 17.0 6-  16 .375 1-4 .250 0-   0 .--- 5/ 1.3 13/ 3.3 4 9 0 1
2000 SEL 1/  1 28.0 0-5 .000 0-1 .000 0-   0 .000 2/ 2.0 0/ 0.0 3 4 0 0
2000 JCUP 4/  4 23.8 3-  13 .231 1-3 .333 1-   4 .250 10/ 2.5 8/ 2.0 17 8 0 5
Totals 139/101 271-633 .428 94-270 .348 55- 67 .821 289/ 2.1 691/ 5.0 430 195 4 144

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