Storm Q&A: Sue Bird
Storm guard Sue Bird agreed to a new multi-year contract with the team Friday. Storm CEO Karen Bryant, in Moscow to see Bird and Lauren Jackson but also to serve as storm.wnba.com's foreign correspondent, asked Bird about the new deal, her excitement over a busy Storm off-season and more.
storm.wnba.com: What was your thinking with regards to signing a multi-year contract to stay with the Storm?
Sue Bird: Once the Storm's future in Seattle became secure, it was an easy decision to sign a multi-year deal. I love living in this city and playing in front of Storm fans.
Everything that has happened so far in Seattle has been very exciting. It starts with the new ownership group and continues with a new coach and new teammates. I'm really looking forward to getting back this summer and starting our championship run.
What's it like being reunited with Swin Cash as a teammate?
I'm really excited about having the opportunity to play with Swin again. She is someone who I am very comfortable with and enjoy playing alongside. I know she will bring so much to the Storm organization both as a player and person.
Based on your experience playing with Sheryl Swoopes on the National Team and against her in the WNBA, what will she bring to the Storm?
Sheryl is one of the best players to ever play this game and her talent level and experience is going to be a huge advantage for us this year. From playing with Sheryl with USA Basketball, I've seen her single-handedly win games as well as raise the level of play of everyone around her. I'm so excited to have her here.
How will all the movement around the WNBA change the league in 2008?
Free agency this year has definitely been eventful and I think that's a great thing for this league. It legitimizes it even further and with a new CBA intact, it is a good sign for the future. With the all the movement you have teams looking completely different and that is going to make this summer very interesting but also fun. I really can't wait because now maybe we'll have a few more fans in Houston and Detroit :).