With Sue Bird’s retirement, a Jewish sports hero cements her legacy

Sue Bird, arguably the greatest female basketball player of all time, at a game in 2018. (Photo by Lorie Shaull/Wikimedia Commons)

Basketball legend Sue Bird rocked the sports world last week by announcing her retirement at the end of the 2022 season. One of the most decorated Jewish athletes of all time, the five-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time WNBA champion spent her entire 21-year career with the Seattle Storm. She’s the all-time WNBA leader in assists and games started, and ranks in the top 10 for career three-pointers made, steals and points. To discuss the legacy she’s leaving behind, we’re joined by Larry Stone, a sportswriter with the Seattle Times, who’s covered her career for years.

Plus, Gabe and Jamie catch up on Jewish sports news, from Lance Stroll’s latest race to Mike Jacobs all-star Moritz Seider winning the NHL’s rookie of the year award. And Producer Michael pops in to discuss the new Adam Sandler movie Hustle, which is more Jewish than you might think.


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