Sue Bird gets tribute from Steph Curry after final WNBA game
Seattle, Washington - Sue Bird's legendary career came to an end after the Seattle Storm lost to the Las Vegas Aces 97-92 in Game 4 of the WNBA semifinals on Tuesday.
At 41-years-old, the four-time WNBA champion scored eight points along with eight assists in her final game ever.
In June, Bird announced the end of one of the most sparkling careers in women's basketball history.
"I'm so so so proud to be a member of the Seattle storm," Bird said in her final interview of her WNBA career. "It has been my honor to play for this franchise, to play for these fans. I don't know what else to say."
Since being selected as the number one overall pick in 2002 WNBA draft, Bird has made 13 All-Star teams, including this year's.
She walks away from the court as the league's all-time assists leader and one of the first basketball players ever to win five Olympic gold medals – an accolade she shares with friend and former UConn teammate, Diana Taurasi.
Sue Bird Garners praises from fellow NBA players
Once the game was over, many flocked to social media to salute the future point guard Hall of Famer on her trailblazing career.
Four-time NBA champion Steph Curry gave the legend her flowers, tweeting: "Legend. Take a bow."
Retired NBA champion Pau Gasol quote-tweeted, "#ThankYouSue" with a couple of emojis over a video of Bird soaking in praise from Tuesday night's crowd.
Jamal Crawford whose NBA career lasted for two decades like Bird, paid tribute to the basketball ball star and fellow retiring WNBA player Sylvia Fowles, along with Serena Williams, and the recently retired track and field athlete Allyson Felix.
"We may never see four of the greatest retire in the same year, from three different sports again," Crawford shared on Twitter. "The impact will be felt for generations. Respect."
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