Sue Bird

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The Next staff picks: Top stories and podcasts of 2023

By Isabel Rodrigues / December 22, 2023

Whether it be college, pro or international hoops, our writers reflect on a year of work in women’s basketball

Locked On Women’s Basketball: 2023 WNBA Finals preview, WNBA expansion talk with Sabreena Merchant of The Athletic

By The Next / October 4, 2023

Howard and Sabreena Merchant discuss the WNBA Finals, expansion, Vegas rotation, and more

UConn point guard Sue Bird and her teammates sport national championship T-shirts. The phrases "WNBA Retrospect" and "The Always Reliable PG" are overlaid at the bottom in all caps, and the orange Locked on Women's Basketball logo is in the upper right corner.

Locked on Women’s Basketball: Sue Bird, a model for scalability and efficiency at point guard

By The Next / August 19, 2023

‘The platonic ideal of a point guard for the early aughts’

Locked on Women’s Basketball: Los Angeles Sparks’ Jordin Canada, Most Improved Player candidate, put in the work 

By The Next / August 10, 2023

Howard and Jordin Canada discuss her offseason regimen, leadership role with the Sparks’ and her years in Seattle

2023 WNBA All-Star Game has different feel with Brittney Griner back

By Jesse Morrison / July 16, 2023

The 2023 WNBA All-Star Game felt normal again with Brittney Griner back in the game for the first time since 2021

Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd dribbles with her left hand as New York Liberty forward Breanna Stewart defends.

Jewell Loyd finds her voice and unlocks her potential

By Rowan Schaberg / June 25, 2023

The departure of both Bird and Stewart following the 2022 season has now left Jewell Loyd to reinvent her role as the veteran leader of the Storm

Sue Bird, her loved ones, and fans, watch her jersey float to the rafters of Climate Pledge Arena on June 11, 2023. (Photo by Steph Chambers, Getty Images.)

A look back at Sue Bird’s jersey retirement ceremony

By Rowan Schaberg / June 18, 2023

A record-breaking career is honored with a record-breaking celebration.

Locked on Women’s Basketball: Sue Bird’s jersey retirement, Seattle’s rookies and more

By The Next / June 13, 2023

Natalie and Rowan talk all things Seattle — Sue Bird’s jersey ceremony

ESPN reporter Kimberley A. Martin (L) asks UConn alum Sue Bird are seated on stage during an event at the CT Forum.

How UConn women’s basketball inspired a state and elevated a sport

By Tee Baker / May 24, 2023

Geno Auriemma, Sue Bird and Morgan Tuck unpack an astounding legacy

Seattle Storm head coach Noelle Quinn leads a huddle

2023 WNBA season preview: Seattle Storm

By Rowan Schaberg / May 15, 2023

Storm enter first Bird-less season in decades seeking new identity