When it rains, it pours…
Especially in Seattle where it always rains.
It’s been a brutal offseason for the Storm with head coach Dan Hughes taking a leave of absence as he enters cancer treatment and losing Breanna Stewart to a ruptured achilles tendon.
Things got worse yesterday, when the Storm announced in a press release Sue Bird will undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body in her left knee and will be out indefinitely during the 2019 season.
A timetable was not formally announced by the Storm, but players undergoing similar injuries have taken 8 to 10 weeks to recover.
While knee issues are nothing new for Bird, as she sat out the 2013 season with knee cysts.
Storm co-owner Lisa Brummel commented “Our franchise is built to be resilient. We have a team that brought the city of Seattle a WNBA championship in 2018 and we will not diminish our expectation for the future.” With a guard core of Jordin Canada, Jewell Loyd, Alysha Clark and newcomer Shavonte Zellous the Storm are built to be resilient by Brummel’s design.
However, there is no replacement for Sue Bird who has been the heart and sole of the Storm for 17 years. It will be very interesting to see how other players step up in Bird and Stewart’s absence this year.
With so much change, there will be no time for a championship hangover in Seattle especially with the season only 2 days away.