Sue Bird Says Goodbye To New York City As Sky Record Largest Comeback In League History

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Days after announcing her retirement, WNBA legend Sue Bird played a WNBA game in New York (NY) for the last time.

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A native of Syosset, N.Y., Bird cited the trip home as a driver for her official retirement announcement made earlier this week.

The Liberty posted a video tribute to the four-time WNBA champion, as well as donning T-shirts that said “Thank you Sue, love, New York” in pregame warmups.

Bird’s retirement announcement came in part from a desire for her hometown friends and family to know to get tickets this weekend to see her final game in her home state.

Fittingly, the Storm posted an 81-72 win over the Liberty, in a game that remained close through four quarters.


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Maria Johannes had a massive performance for the hosts, with a 23-point performance in only her second game in the 2022 season.

On the other side of the game, Johannes’ France national teammate Gabby Williams had her first proper breakout game as a member of the Storm, scoring 23 points of her own for a season-high.

Bird hit the final dagger, with her last shot in Barclays Center being a 3-pointer that hit every part of the rim before falling through the net.

She got a standing ovation at the end of the game, in a final show of respect from the New York crowd.
“This is where I grew up,” Bird said after the game. “Anybody knows who’s from New York. It teaches you a lot about basketball. New York basketball is the best. I tried to uphold my side of it, and now it’s time to pass the torch.”

Meanwhile…

After trailing by 28 points, Chicago Sky on Wednesday battled back to earn a 104-95 win over the Las Vegas Aces. The Sky’s 28-points comeback is the largest comeback in league history.

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In a related development, A’ja Wilson earns her third Player of the Week honours, and Kahleah Copper earns her first.

A’ja Wilson won the Western Conference Player of the Week while Kahleah Copper clinched the Eastern Conference version.

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