On July 21, Sue Bird became the WNBA leader in all-time games played by suiting up for her 500th contest.
DeLisha Milton-Jones, at 499 career games played, held the previous record. This has been a WNBA season filled with incredible career, team and league firsts, so it’s only fitting that heading into the All-Star Game weekend that Bird, a consummate veteran, would break a record as testament to consistency.
Bird has had an amazingly consistent 15 years in the WNBA. The Seattle Storm superstar is an 11-time WNBA All-Star selection, a five-time all-WNBA first team selection and a three-time WNBA assists leader. Bird is the league’s all-time assists leader and the oldest player, yet she is just as fierce a competitor as she was when she was a rookie.
Last night against the Indiana Fever, Bird turned out a double-double performance with 11 points and 11 rebounds in a win for the Seattle Storm.
Although the Storm lost against the Atlanta Dream on Bird’s record-breaking night, they are playing great team basketball this season. Bird, Breanna Stewart and Jewell Lloyd, all 2018 WNBA All-Stars, are leading the Storm and the league and remain in the #1 spot in the standings.
Bird describes the accomplishment as “surreal,” and she stated that it’s hard for her to comprehend the “magnitude of it.” To Bird, what’s most important is she has been able to experience all these milestones in her career with the Seattle Storm.
“Here, I have so many great memories,” said Bird. “And that’s really what’s more special than anything.”
Here’s to the 500th game, and counting!