The Seattle Storm was hit with some very bad news yesterday. Its prolific point guard Sue Bird will undergo surgery on her right knee this spring and will miss the entire 2013 WNBA season.
The 32-year-old face of the franchise, will have surgery to get rid of a cyst that was discovered at the end of last season.
According to the team, the decision to move forward with surgery was decided recently and the estimated rehabilitation is six months. Following the initial recovery time, Bird will spend the summer in Seattle with her Storm teammates."We support the decision to address the issue with Sue's knee now," said Storm general manager Brian Agler said. "It is important for us all to take a long term view in situations like this. We want Sue to return to full health and be healthy enough to play in 2014 and for many more seasons with the Storm. We are focused on putting our team together and look forward to another competitive WNBA season."
In a statement, Bird said, "It is with great disappointment I share that I have developed a cyst in my right knee and this spring, I will be undergoing preventative surgery. The doctors have informed me that I will be in recovery and intense physical therapy for approximately six months, which means I will be forced to miss this upcoming WNBA season. The doctors feel very strongly that if I take care of this as soon as I complete my current tour in Europe, it will ward off future debilitating consequences.
"While I may not be on the court in 2013 for the Storm," Bird continued, "I will be in Seattle, cheering from the sidelines and doing whatever it takes to support the team throughout the season."
Chosen by the Storm as the first overall pick of the 2002 WNBA Draft, the pride of the University of Connecticut has played 11 seasons with the Storm and been a seven-time WNBA All-Star. She was voted in by fan as one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All-Time.
The 5-foot-9-inch, 150-pound Bird led the Storm to WNBA titles in 2004 and 2010.
The Storm opens the 2013 season on the road, at Los Angeles, May 26. The home opener is June 2 against Phoenix.
She will be sorely missed.