Sue Fowl, one of many winningest basketball gamers ever, will retire from the WNBA after this season, the Seattle Storm guard introduced Thursday.
Fowl, the league’s profession assists chief broke the official information on social media, writing, “I’ve liked each single minute, and nonetheless do, so gonna play my final 12 months, similar to this little lady performed her first.”
The 2002 No. 1 general choose, Fowl has performed her whole profession with the Storm, the place she has gained 4 championships to go together with 5 picks to the All-WNBA first crew and a report 12 All-Star Sport appearances.
Fowl has gained championships at each degree, notably a record-tying 5 Olympic basketball golds with Crew USA. She additionally was on 4 World Cup profitable groups and a number of title-winning groups in Russia’s skilled league and the EuroLeague. In faculty, she gained two NCAA championships on the College of Connecticut. In keeping with the WNBA web site, she additionally gained a nationwide title at Christ The King Excessive Faculty in New York.
Teammate Reshanda Grey tweeted: “Thanks for paving the way in which!! You really can be missed. I’m eternally graytful! @S10Bird.”
The crew wrote, “Sue Fowl is Storm basketball.”
Fowl, 41, informed reporters that she seems like she has performed so long as she will be able to at a really excessive degree bodily and mentally.
She mentioned she appears ahead to issues that basketball seasons retains a participant from, declaring she gained’t must set an alarm for early morning exercises and she will be able to take actual holidays with out an eye fixed on the following 12 months. However she is going to miss the “grind” moments – arduous practices and a tough journey schedule – as a result of “you’re nonetheless doing it with a crew,” she added.
Her hope, Fowl mentioned, is to seek out one thing that fulfills her in that means however she is aware of it will likely be arduous to exchange issues which are a part of life as a professional athlete. She alluded to an ESPN present she did with Diana Taurasi in the course of the Ultimate 4, saying cheekily, “Possibly that turns into a factor.”
When requested whether or not the announcement made for a cheerful or unhappy day, she mentioned it was a mixture.
“Not lots of people do one thing for his or her whole lives the way in which that athletes do,” she mentioned, declaring it was the top of a sporting life that started when she was 5 or 6. She appears ahead to retirement, saying she was excited and, “I get to start out this new life.”
Fowl is main the Storm this season in assists (6.6 per sport) and is anticipated to be again on the court docket Friday when Seattle faces the Connecticut Solar on the street. On Sunday, the Storm go to the Liberty, which can be Fowl’s final sport in her hometown of New York.