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Suzanne Brigit Bird

Also Known As: "Sue Bird"
Birthplace: Syosset, Nassau, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of <private> Bird and <private> Bird (Taylor)
Sister of <private> Bird and Private User

Occupation: Professional basketball player
Managed by: Ashley Odell
Last Updated:
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Immediate Family

    • <private> Bird
    • <private> Bird (Taylor)
    • <private> Bird
    • Private User
    • mother's partner
    • <private> Callahan (Burden)
      mother's partner's child

About Sue Bird

Suzanne Brigit "Sue" Bird (born October 16, 1980) is an American professional women's basketball player for the Seattle Storm and WBC Spartak Moscow Region.

In high school, she was the New York State Player of the Year, the New York Daily News Player of the Year, and a WBCA All-American. In her senior year at undefeated UConn in 2002, she won the Wade Trophy and the Naismith Award as College Player of the Year. She finished her UConn career ranked first in three-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage, second in assists and steals, and as a three-time winner of the Nancy Lieberman Award as the top point guard in the nation, while leading her team to a record of 114–4.

The Seattle Storm selected Bird with the first overall pick of the 2002 WNBA Draft, and she has been a seven-time WNBA All-Star. She is one of seven women to win an Olympic Gold Medal, an NCAA Championship, and a WNBA Championship. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history.

Bird is both an American and an Israeli citizen.

Notes on Ethnic Background


Some background - my father's name is Herschel Bird and his family is originally from Russia. In fact, our last name is really "Boorda." My great grandfather brought his family through Ellis Island in the early 1900's and we were soon known simply as Bird. This makes me half-Russian (not Czech!).


Bird's grandparents emigrated from the former Soviet Union, so when she played for Dynamo in Moscow the previous two winters, that team's management asked whether she would be interested in applying for a Russian passport. That would have allowed her to negotiate an even better contract. She did not. For one thing, her grandparents were from Ukraine, so it was unclear whether she could get a Russian passport.


At least young Jewish girls have high-profile role models to look at and aspire to emulate. Sue Bird is a legitimate superstar, but is only half-Jewish and was not really raised in a Jewish home.

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Sue Bird's Timeline

October 16, 1980
Syosset, Nassau, New York, United States