All hail the new WNBA assists leader, Sue Bird
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All hail the new WNBA assists leader, Sue Bird

Seattle Storm living legend, Sue Bird is the heart, the soul and the face of the Storm franchise. Today, she just passed Ticha Penicherio for the most assists in WNBA history with 2,610. With 13 assists on Friday in an overtime loss to Washington, Bird is still running strong.

“She said, ‘When you’re off the court, I can tell there’s a difference. It’s not the same,’ ” Bird said. “Especially coming from a fellow point guard, that was really nice. Because when you’re on the court, you want to have a presence. To make your teammates feel at ease, more than anything.”

Bird is responsible for 2 championships and this record. Bird represents perfection at the point guard position. With the record in All-Star appearances, Bird shows that in her 15th year she is still the gold standard.

“Her personality is perfect for being a great point guard,” said the Sparks’ Brian Agler, who coached Bird for seven seasons in Seattle. “Sometimes things work out perfectly: personality, skill, mentality. That’s Sue playing that position.”

Sue may be a bit underrepresented in this town, however, we at Seattle Sports Union salute her and recognize her in the pantheon of great Seattle basketball players like Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp!  Next stop for Sue, Hall of Fame.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.