The 2020 WNBA Champions are the Seattle Storm. This marks the franchise’s fourth title after defeating the Las Vegas Aces on October 6th. Breanna Stewart was named Finals MVP. Veteran player Sue Bird, who was drafted No.1 in 2002 and will celebrate her 40th birthday mid-October, just won her 4th WNBA title. This was Bird’s 17th season in the WNBA and she was a factor in each championship title the Storm won.
Bird, who had surgery in the spring of 2019 and missed the previous season got real about how the journey back was not an easy one. “I think the fact that I’ve been able to do it in different decades, with the same franchise, not many people can say that,” Bird said in an interview. “To re-create it over time and stay at a high level over time is definitely something I’m proud of, because it hasn’t been easy.”
Bird went on to say, “This is the one time I’m not going to sugarcoat it. It’s been hard. A lot of ups, a lot of downs. I think the hardest part about being an older player is when there’s that down physically, you start to question whether you can do it anymore. You start to question why you’re doing it. You start to question if it’s worth it, because it can be hard.”
Jewell Loyd, guard for the Storm, gave an emotion post-win interview where she talked about how she was dedicating this title to Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant who died tragically in a helicopter crash earlier this year. “This is for Kobe…Gigi…and the Bryant family. For Breonna Taylor. We had a lot of emotions coming into this game. For me, this season, I had to pay to him. This is my first season without him. So I surrounded myself with people who knew him and I just focused in.” Bryant, who worked with Loyd on her game, gave Loyd the nickname, the Gold Mamba.
With this title the Storm have now joined the Houston Comets and Minnesota Lynx who have each won four WNBA Championship titles.