Chat with Sue Bird
Bird has played on three straight Olympic gold medal teams.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, WNBA's Sue Bird, of the Seattle Storm, stops by to chat as the league's season continues post-Olympics. Bird and the Storm host Minnesota Tuesday (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
The Storm play in their third game since the Olympic break, when Bird helped Team USA win the gold medal. Bird finished the Olympics second in assists, averaging 4.5 per game.
Bird leads Seattle in both scoring (12.7 ppg) and assists (5.4 apg) this season.
Send your questions now and join Bird Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (3:00 PM)
Sue is here!
How long did it take you to get back from London and over the jetlag?!
Sue Bird (3:01 PM)
Luckily, I was able to get on a flight that was direct from London to Seattle. The jetlag only lasted a few days.
What kind of adjustments do you have to make when returning to your WNBA team after playing with the USA Olympic team?
Sue Bird (3:01 PM)
No real adjustments. You get to a point to where you're just really comfortable on the Storm team and the USA team. You just go from one to the other and it's pretty seamless.
how was it playing for Geno? Like old times?
Sue Bird (3:02 PM)
Yeah, it was exactly like the old times. It was very comfortable and easy. He's a great coach, so it was very cool to play with him again.
Do you think the Minn. game is a must win? And how difficult will that be as U try to get your "second wind" after returning from a "stomach flu"?
Sue Bird (3:03 PM)
Minnesota is probably the best team in the league. It's going to be difficult. We're still a team that we're trying to get healthy and continue to get better. You go into every game wanting to win, and that's no different tonight.
What was your favorite thing off the court about London?
Sue Bird (3:04 PM)
Our team didn't stay in the village, we stayed in downtown London. The best part was walking outside and experience the culture. We weren't far from the sites, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben. We were on our bus once and we got stuck behind the changing of the guard ceremony. Even though traffic is never fun, that was a unique experience.
Sue which Summer Olympic venue has been your favorite (so far) and why?
Sue Bird (3:05 PM)
Well, if you're talking about just the basketball venues, I would have to say my favorite was Beijing. It was so unique. It was a really cool place. But I will admit that it was really cool approaching the mattress every game and that was a good nickname for it.
stever (ann arbor)
Are you as "up" for Rio as Diana seems to be?
Sue Bird (3:05 PM)
I've got a couple of years on Diana, so it's different. But if I'm healthy and the team wants me, of course I'm up for it.
Do you still pick up a soccer ball every now and then?
Sue Bird (3:06 PM)
Not really. I did play back in the day. Occasionally, if a basketball is in my way, I might kick it. Otherwise, I stick to basketball.
What was the best thing you ate in London? Did you see/visit the Regent Street's Food Quarter? ;)
Sue Bird (3:07 PM)
Probably the one thing that I ate that was truly a London dish was fish and chips. You really can't go wrong with that.
Alex K (Ohio)
Is there any advice or tips you can give me? I'm 14 and new to the point guard position. :)
Sue Bird (3:08 PM)
I think part of what makes a great point guard is having an understanding of what your team needs and also having good relationships with your teammates. Learning them as players and people. By doing that you can help them and help your team. And of course, work on your ball handling.
Caitlin (New Jersey)
Do you listen to any particular artist or band to get you pumped before game time?
Sue Bird (3:09 PM)
If I'm going to listen to music, it will definitely be something hip-hop. Usually I don't try to get pumped up for games. I try to get focused more than anything else.
Other than basketball and soccer, what other Olympic sport would you play/compete in?
Sue Bird (3:10 PM)
I'm not sure which one I'd want to compete in, but one of the sports that I went to watch live was water polo. I can definitely tell you that I would not want to play water polo. It looks like the toughest sport I've seen in my life. I went to women's water polo and they are legit athletes. I'm pretty sure I would drown.
Did you get to read any good books on the plane?
Sue Bird (3:11 PM)
Yeah, I'm actually a big reader. I just had a book reccommended to me about a woman who moved to Seattle. It's called "Where did you go Bernadette?" by Maria Semple. I'm a excited to read it.
Did you get to keep your Opening Ceremony outfit, and if so, will you ever wear any of it again?
Sue Bird (3:12 PM)
Yeah, we get to keep it all. I really loved our podium outfits. I'm not so sure about our Opening outfits. Maybe I'll give it to a friend and they can wear it for Halloween.
what other Olympic events did you get to see?
Sue Bird (3:12 PM)
Aside from water polo and the men's basketball games, I actually couldn't get out to see anything else. It was either too hard to get tickets or it was a time schedule conflict. We're a sport that goes the entire 2 weeks, so I expected that.
How cool was it playing again with Diana and the other Huskies?!
Sue Bird (3:13 PM)
It was a lot of fun. Obviously the players from UConn are players I played with or there's a connection because we went to the same school. But it wasn't about UConn at the Olympics. We came together no matter what school you went to.
Keith H (Seattle)
Which Opening Ceremony was your favorite of the Olympics you've attended?
Sue Bird (3:15 PM)
I see why you guys might think that I've seen a lot of Opening Ceremonies, but when you're an athlete, you don't see anything. This time around, I didn't get to see Mr. Bean, the Queen or Paul McCartney. So I can't say which was my favorite Opening Ceremony, but I can say my favorite games have been all of our Gold medal games.
If you visited London again, what would you like to see? How about the rest of the UK outside of London?
Sue Bird (3:15 PM)
It was my first time in London. I would definitely go back. While I did get to see most of the tourist attractions, I would love to go back and not do anything specific, just kind of hanging out.
Sue Bird (3:16 PM)
Thanks for stopping in. Hope you enjoyed the chat. Check us out tonight on ESPN2!
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