Currently willing her team to the cusp of winning the WNBA championship, Seattle Storm star point guard Sue Bird has since earned a lot of respect even from NBA players. One of Bird’s greatest fans would be the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, who even told Nike to give the legendary point guard everything she wanted after proudly seeing her wear his signature shoes.
SB Nation’s Matt Ellentuck has the story on the budding friendship between Bird and Irving.
Kyrie Irving remembers the first time he met Seattle Storm basketball legend Sue Bird in person. The point guards were sent to autograph basketballs in Brazil during the 2016 Rio Olympics, where both would win respective golds for the American men’s and women’s basketball teams.
A relationship that now features occasional texts and FaceTime video calls was forged not by autograph signings but a shared love for sneakers. Specifically, the green and gold colorways of Irving’s signature brand that Bird had custom made to wear on the court, a unique pair that the Celtics superstar didn’t even own.
Irving was so proud to see a classy legend like Bird wearing his signature shoes. He didn’t waste time as he immediately parlayed his thoughts to Nike.
“I went to Nike and I was like ‘Are you seeing the greatest point guard to ever play the game wear my shoes?’ Irving told SB Nation. “‘Okay yeah, give her whatever she wants.’
And they did.
Both point guards have almost the same style of game. Irving and Bird are virtuoso mid-range shooters, something that has been a lost art in basketball. They are both slick in handling the ball and have the knack for getting creative around the rim.
There’s no surprise why they immediately hit it off, and it is expected that Irving is trying his best to pick the brain of the future Hall of Famer point guard.