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WNBA legend Sue Bird retires after two decades helping change the face of US women’s sport

After two decades at the top of the WNBA, Sue Bird has retired. She’s left a lasting impression on the game and even her childhood basketball idol writes RACHEL BACHMAN.

When Sue Bird was growing up in the Long Island hamlet of Syosset, N.Y., she would go to New York Knicks games and gape. Her favourite player was Kenny “Sky” Walker, the Knicks forward who won the 1989 NBA slam-dunk contest.

“I would stare at him, watch him warm up,” Bird said.

At the time, there was no WNBA. Many sports fans had little concept that a women’s game existed. But something remarkable has happened during Bird’s lifetime, which will reach 42 years on Oct. 16: The profile of women’s basketball has surged.

The NCAA held its first women’s basketball tournament in 1982. The WNBA launched in 1997. The U.S. women’s basketball team became one of the most dominant Olympic dynasties in any sport….

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