The Storm earned their 3rd WNBA title Wednesday night in Fairfax, Virginia in three games of a best-of-5 series.
It's when people say things like, 'There's no basketball in Seattle anymore.' Or, like, 'We need pro basketball back in Seattle.' They're talking about how the Sonics are gone.
James, of course, knows how it is to be on the other end of a championship loss and wanted to recognize the Mystics for their season.
Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points, and Kristi Toliver had 22 for the Mystics, who were appearing in the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. Starting with a Stewart 3-point play, Seattle countered with eight consecutive points and pulled away.
The Storm finished the period ahead 20-16 because they were 4 of 9 on 3-pointers while Washington was 2 of 5.More news: Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
And Bird became emotional in her interview with Rowe.
Forward Natasha Howard added a career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm. "I'm going to tell you what, they were special in November, January, and when we started April 29th, and they're special tonight".
"Your chances, your analytics for success with Breanna Stewart catching the ball twice is good, and I don't even know the exact number, but I've watched enough tape to know", Hughes said. Our team went through a rebuild and yes, I made a decision to stay. Her running mate for Seattle's first two titles was Lauren Jackson.
WNBAElena Delle Donne boxes out Breanna Stewart. "[Turnovers have] just stopped us from getting into the flow we want to get into". Already playing with superstar Elena Delle Donne nursing a knee injury suffered earlier in the playoffs, the team fell in an early hole and trailed by 16 at halftime. I didn't know (Toliver's' favorite) beer.
Stewart, Bird and Delle Donne could all join Team USA before they open play at the FIBA Women's World Cup beginning September 22 in Spain. I get that. But I can't help but hear something else, too: "They're forgetting about the Storm".More news: California's 25.1 percent adult obesity rate 4th lowest in the nation
"The WNBA is the best league in the world and to be so successful so soon, obviously a lot of credit goes to my teammates, the coaching staff and Sue (Bird)".
Over the past 14 years, Bird and Thibault have been on opposing sides of regular season games, but this is their first Playoff meeting since Bird's Storm defeated Thibault's Sun, 2-1, in the best-of-three series.
Since changing to a best-of-five format for the Finals in 2005, no WNBA team has gone down 2-0 and recovered to force a Game 5. "It was how we countered that when things got close". That followed a 3-for-21 performance in Game 1.
In July Bird said that she believed Stewart opening up about her past had a connection to the maturity she's seen in Stewart this year, also noting that on the court she seemed more confident and driven.
This is likely just the beginning for the dynamic 24-year-old forward, who won the NCAA Championship during each of her four seasons at the University of CT.More news: Florence downgraded to tropical storm, but will continue to threaten Carolinas
"It doesn't feel real yet, honestly", she said.