Friday brings one of the most anticipated giveaways of the season to Seattle Storm fans at KeyArena. The first 4,000 fans through the doors for tomorrow's game against the Minnesota Lynx (7:00 p.m., ) will get limited edition Lauren Jackson MVP Bobbleheads, commemorating Jackson winning her third MVP last season. Later this season, Sue Bird's decade with the Storm will be honored with another bobblehead giveaway on Aug. 13 vs. Atlanta. That will bring the total to nine collectible bobbleheads the Storm has given out at games over the last 11 years. Take a look at all of them with StormBasketball.com's bobblehead history review.
The first Storm player commemorated with a bobblehead wasn't a player at all. When the Storm debuted in 2000, Head Coach Lin Dunn was the face of the franchise. The following year, she got her own bobblehead (Aug. 10, 2001). When Anne Donovan replaced Dunn on the sidelines in 2003, she got a bobblehead as well. In keeping with Donovan's presence on the sidelines, her giveaway (on Aug. 8, 2003) was billed as "the world's tallest bobblehead," making for an entertaining contrast with the Dunn bobblehead.
YOUNG SUE & LJ:
During 2002, the Storm moved on to player bobbleheads. Young stars Sue Bird, then a rookie, and Lauren Jackson, in her second season, were obvious choices. Jackson bobbleheads were given away at the Storm's June 18 game against Los Angeles, and featured her as a brunette. On July 20, the Storm followed up with Bird bobbleheads. Fans lined up as early as 2 p.m. to get a chance to take home the Bird bobbleheads.
After an eight-year hiatus, bobbleheads returned to KeyArena last season. In 2010, the three bobbleheads given out - Bird (June 25), Jackson (Aug. 7) and new Storm All-Star Swin Cash (July 25) - were truly a set. The three bobbleheads interlocked together to form the Storm's home court in addition to working on their own.
For this year's bobblehead giveaways, the Storm wanted to take note of special moments for both Bird and Jackson. That's why each bobblehead has a unique and instantly recognizable theme, making them a special part of any collection. In the case of Jackson, it's highlighting the three MVP trophies she has won - more than any other Seattle athlete. Jackson is depicted holding the MVP trophy and three fingers to symbolize her three awards. She's also shown with her hair dyed red, as it was last season when Jackson was named MVP. Bird's bobblehead will reflect her close relationship with the city of Seattle, a decade in the making. Stay tuned for more details closer to Aug. 13.