Inside the minds of WNBA players

This is Our Game: Sue Bird

Want to learn a little something about winning? Well look no further than Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird. The ultimate team leader, Bird has been a part of championship programs at every level, from high school to college to the Storm to the U.S. National Team. It seems like everything she touches turns to gold. She has made an appearance in every All-Star game since she turned pro, has been an All-WNBA selection in each of her four seasons in the league and finally won the overall assist title this year after several years as the runner-up. She is the fiercest of competitors who plays through injuries and has a constant hunger for victory despite all of the success she has already enjoyed. So just what makes Sue Bird tick?

Q. What is your motivation when don't feel like working out, running that extra mile, or waking up early?
"My motivation is actually thinking about the feeling I get once working out is over. Working out can be hard sometimes. Especially if you're tired, your muscles are sore. But whenever you're done working out, there is always that relief that it's over, like ahhhhh, and you feel really good about yourself. And that helps me to get through it."

Seattle's Sue Bird
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Q. Was there a time in your career or lifetime of playing basketball when you thought about giving up the game?
"No, never. I'm too young for that."

Q. How important is a healthy diet and good nutrition for your overall success?
"When I was in college, and even my first few years in the WNBA, I took nutrition for granted. I didn't pay attention. I ate McDonalds and stuff. But when I went to Russia this past offseason, I made a concerted effort to eat right. I made my own food, not just relying on fast food. Kamila actually helped me with that a lot. So when I came back, I was in the best shape of my life and I really felt the difference. So now I'm a big believer in watching what you eat."

Q. What are some snacks you like or favorite meals?
"As for snacks, I don't really snack as much as I used to. When I do, it's mostly things like cheese and crackers, fruit. My favorite meal, and I love sushi though I'm not sure it counts, that I make myself is steak and potatoes. Oh, and burritos are great for after you work out. The rice, the meat and stuff make it good."