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This season will officially be the last season for WNBA superstar Sue Bird.
The Jewish four-time league champion and five-time Olympian announced on Thursday that will retire after the 2022 season.
“I've decided this will be my last year,” — Byrd shared on social media, attaching a photo of her playing basketball as a child. “I loved every minute and still love basketball so I will play my last year like this little girl played her the first.”
The 41-year-old basketball player has won everywhere she has played. In the WNBA, the 12-time All-Star is the only player in league history to win titles in three separate decades. She has five Olympic gold medals with Team USA, from the 2004 Athens Olympics to the Tokyo Olympics in last year.
Byrd, whose grandparents immigrated to the United States from what is now Ukraine in the early 1900s and changed their last name from “Burda” to Bird, became an Israeli citizen in 2006, which allowed her to play for European teams.
“My father was Jewish and he still has relatives in Israel. Getting Israeli citizenship turned out to be cool, because in this attempt to create opportunities for my basketball career, I was able to learn a lot about a culture that I probably would not have touched otherwise, — Byrd told the Jewish Museum in Washington.
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