SEATTLE — Sue Bird’s retirement pushes the Storm to their most important juncture in franchise history since dismantling a championship-contending team nearly a decade ago after Hall of Famer Lauren Jackson ended her WNBA career in 2012.
For years, Seattle stumbled and staggered without a winning season before bottoming out in 2014 at 12-22 to land the No. 1 overall draft pick and Jewell Loyd.
After another dismal finish in 2015, the Storm garnered the first pick in the 2016 WNBA draft once again, which resulted in Breanna Stewart.
And the rest is history as in two WNBA championships (2018 and 2020) and a recent five-year run in which Seattle has a 105-53 record — the best winning percentage (.666) in the league during that span.
Storm general manager Talisa Rhea knows she has…