Sue Bird to undergo left knee surgery, out ‘indefinitely’ for 2019 season

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First it was coach Dan Hughes being diagnosed with cancer.

Then it was the Achilles injury that befell last year’s league and Finals MVP Breanna Stewart that will sideline her for the entire 2019 season.

The beat continues to go on for the defending champion Seattle Storm, who will now be without three-time champion Sue Bird this year as she will undergo arthroscopic surgery on her left knee.

Sometime in the future, Dr. Michael Joyce will perform Bird’s surgery in Connecticut before she returns to Seattle for rehab.

The most important thing to us is that Sue is healthy and strong. Based on her feedback and evaluation from her longtime surgeon and our medical team, it was determined the best course of action was a scope.

–Storm CEO, GM Alisha Valavanis (per press release)


Our franchise is built to be resilient. We have a team that brought the city of Seattle a WNBA championship in 2019 and we will not diminish our expectation for the future.

–Storm co-owner Lisa Brummel (per press release)


We appreciate the outpouring of support for Sue and Stewie and the relentless passion our fans share for the team that takes the court starting this Saturday.

–Storm co-owner Lisa Brummel (per press release)

The Storm will tip off the season against the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett at 3:30 ET/12:30 PT. ABC (KOMO-TV 4 in Seattle) will air the game. Bird and Stewart will be in attendance as the Storm receive their rings from last year’s championship season.

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