Sue Bird lands front office job with Denver Nuggets

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What was originally speculation of now three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird landing a front office position with the Denver Nuggets is now reality.

Bird was recently announced as a basketball operations associate with the Nuggets, and according to this report, it all began with a phone call from Tim Connelly, Denver’s president of basketball operations.

Caron Butler, NBA forward, turned out to be the middleman between Connelly and Bird, and when the pitch was made, she was completely sold on the opportunity.

It was a really perfect match because here they are giving me this amazing opportunity but also understanding that I’m still a player.

–Sue Bird

They have a core group of young talent, and I think whenever you have that it’s just going to be an exciting brand of basketball. Obviously, they’re led by [Nikola] Jokic, and they have some great guard play whether it’s Jamaal Murray, Gary Harris, Malik Beasley, you name it. One of the best things about this team is the depth. Unfortunately, they’ve got hit with the injury bug a little bit. When it’s all said and done though, I think you’re going to see that depth come through.

Sue Bird

Bird joins a growing list of women who have ascended into the NBA’s ranks – including Nancy Lieberman, Becky Hammon, and Kristi Toliver, who was recently named an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards.

Of course, given how the thought of women making sports moves makes those who barely made their local YMCA teams tremble, some took to the Nuggets’ Twitter account only for trolling purposes.
Its social media person was having none of it.

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