Dishin' it with Sue Bird
Storm point guard Sue Bird talks with assistant sports editor Jon Fisch about their hot streak heading into the playoffs, taking naps and...
Storm point guard Sue Bird talks with assistant sports editor Jon Fisch about their hot streak heading into the playoffs, taking naps and her fear of sharks.
Q: How does it feel to be on a hot streak heading into the playoffs?
Bird: It feels good. It's about how we're playing and how it feels out (on the court) and it just seems that in the last couple of weeks it's just been better and better. I'm sure Lauren's addition didn't have anything to do with that. It's about playing the best basketball at the right time and hopefully that's happening with us.
Q. What team are you most scared of?
Bird: Scared? Come on.
You have to take your hat off to Minnesota and the things that they've done this whole season. They've been extremely consistent. This league is very difficult. If you don't show up, you'll lose. I don't care how talented you are. On the flip side of that, you have to give them credit because they've showed up and it's hard to be that consistent. Of course, they are no-doubt the favorite going into the playoffs. For us, it's just about who we're playing in the first round, focusing on them and doing our job.
Q. Did you ever think you'd score 4,000 points?
Bird: It's something I've never thought about in my life.
Q. Do you think you'll get to 5,000? 6,000?
Bird: I have no idea. How many years is it going to take? That's a better question.
Q. Swin Cash is 71 points behind you, how long until she surpasses you?
Bird: Oh, probably soon. If she's going to outscore me by 70, then hopefully that means my assists are going up.
Q. Of all the awards and titles you've won, is there anything you feel like you're missing?
Bird: I know it's going to sound cliché, and you don't have to believe it, but I really don't play for those things. I play for team championships and team goals. In terms of the individual stuff, I've always felt like if I do my job, if I play to the best to my ability and I help my team in anyway I can to win, then all the individual stuff will just kind of fall into place. And if it does, it does, and if it doesn't, it doesn't. It's not why I'm out there playing. It's kind of the after thought.
Q. Did you go to Bumbershoot?
Bird: No, we magically got three days off. So I actually headed home (back to New York).
Q. Did you do anything fun while you were back there?
Bird: I just kind of relaxed, saw some people and just hung out. Sometimes it's nice to mentally get away, not just physically, so it was a little bit of both which was a good thing for everybody on our team.
Q. You've told me in the past that your secret to playing as long as you have is taking naps. How many naps do take a day? How long are they?
Bird: As I've gotten older, the naps are fewer and farther between. But they stay consistent on game day, of course. That's what it comes down to. I don't nap every day. I've never been a 'nap everyday' kind of person. But on game day, it's like my body knows and from 2:30-4:30 I am out like a light.
Q. Two hours?
Bird: Yep, two hours. Never more. Well ... occasionally.
Q. Do you nap at the stadium or at home?
Bird: At home. You do shoot-around, you come home, you eat, you shower, you hang out, 2:30 you nap, wake up at 4:30, get ready, go to the gym for a 7 o'clock game.
Q. What do you do on road games?
Bird: It's pretty much the same. It depends on how far the arena is. But it's usually two hours of good nap, and then wake up a half an hour before I have to be downstairs ready to go. It helps! I'm not kidding!
Q. Do you sleep with a teddy bear?
Bird: (laughing) No. I do have a pillow though.
Q. What's your biggest fear?
Bird: I'm not a real big fan of sharks. I don't really go too deep. It's one thing when you're in a lake, swimming out is no problem. I love water skiing, even though I haven't done that in like 10 years because we can't — it's in our contract. But when it comes to the ocean, I never liked to go out far where I couldn't touch.
There's something about sharks that freaks me out. I do NOT watch Shark Week.
I don't like seaweed either. Dried and in front of me on a plate, I can do. But when it's those stalks that tickle your feet, Oh my god! I can't go in the water. Or when it's floating in big patches ... disgusting.
Q. If you can have one super power, what would it be?
Bird: Probably be invisible. People always want to be a fly on the wall. I could just stay in my form and just be invisible.
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