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Sue Bird optimistic after surgery

Updated: May 27, 2013, 11:45 AM ET
Associated Press

Sue Bird isn't gearing up for the start of the WNBA season for the first time in her 11-year career.

The Seattle Storm star point guard is recovering from recent left knee surgery, which will sideline her for the entire summer season that began this weekend and runs through August.

Bird had surgery on a cyst in her knee on May 9. She's optimistic her knee will heal in time for her to play in Russia this fall and return to the Storm next spring.

"I'm doing well," said Bird ...

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