WNBA greats Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi share heartfelt moment after rumored final clash
Diana Taurasi and the Phoenix Mercury eliminated Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm, 85-80, to book a WNBA semifinals ticket on Sunday. The matchup proved to be a thrilling spectacle that needed an extra session to decide the victor, but an epic moment ensued with Bird and Taurasi at the center of it all.
The two WNBA icons approached one another after the game for a jersey swap that brought a wave of emotions to the entire arena.
— WNBA (@WNBA) September 26, 2021
Sue Bird’s retirement once again filled the rumor mill with the 41-year-old superstar already having one of the best resumes by any WNBA player. To no surprise, the crowd expressed their desire to see more of Seattle’s star, chanting “one more year” as Taurasi egged them on.
Storm fans don't want this to be the last game for Sue Bird 🥺 pic.twitter.com/HoSWUyRB9Z
— ESPN (@espn) September 26, 2021
Diana Taurasi displayed her huge heart, along with Skylar Diggins-Smith and Brittney Grinner, to power the Mercury late in the game. She’s already dealing with an ankle injury, making her effort all the more laudable.
Bird and Taurasi have a lot of history between them. They were teammates at the University of Connecticut and also had successful runs for USA Basketball, having five gold medals under their belts. Furthermore, this duo combines 22 All-Star stints and seven WNBA titles throughout their stellar careers.
Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are also the league’s all-time leaders in assists and scoring, respectively.
Taurasi and the rest of the Mercury now have their focus on the next phase against either the Connecticut Suns or Las Vegas Aces.