So, Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird and Washington Mystics guard Ivory Latta have been named to the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game in Phoenix as injury replacements. Here's how one of the new All-Stars reacted to the news.
Sue Bird was brutally honest in an interview with Seattle Times reporter Jayda Evans. Here's her reaction to it:
I wasn't expecting it. I don’t think I’ve had one of my better years, it’s safe to say, (and) our team has had an up-and-down season. ...and, to be honest, I didn’t want to travel. We’ve been traveling so friggin’ much.
That's a very fair response. And the Storm had a very road-heavy first half of the season. Bird also was honest about the depth of the backcourt options in the Western Conference, and touched the issue on being in the twilight of her career:
The players that are there are very deserving, so I don’t feel slighted in anyway. Now that I do have the chance to go, maybe I’ll enjoy it even more so because obviously this doesn’t last forever. You want to have fun with it while you can.
From the last quote, I just kind of realized how quickly time flies. I still remember seeing the league when the players were wearing the no-tuck jerseys which was around the time I started following the W regularly.
But still, it's nice to hear what Bird had to say here in regards to an All-Star bid which some (including us) believe wasn't just.