Sue Chook received her first professional ladies’s basketball title in 2004 — and with the Seattle Storm’s WNBA championship win on Oct. 6, she turned the one WNBA participant up to now to say titles in three totally different a long time. Chook has now racked up 4 championship victories (2004, 2010, 2018, 2020) all with Seattle. The purpose guard, who turns 40 this month, is barely the third participant in American professional basketball historical past to win championships in three totally different a long time (the NBA’s John Salley was the first, then Tim Duncan).
What’s extra, Chook turned the second-oldest participant to win a WNBA title, in response to ESPN. “I feel the truth that I have been in a position to do it in numerous a long time, with the identical franchise, not many individuals can say that,” Chook mentioned. “To re-create it over time and keep at a excessive stage over time is certainly one thing I am happy with, as a result of it hasn’t been straightforward.”
Chook has skilled knee points all through her profession and missed out on the 2019 season because of surgical procedure. Then, ESPN studies, she suffered a bone bruise to the identical knee this 12 months and performed restricted regular-season video games. “I feel the toughest half about being an older participant is when there’s that down bodily, you begin to query whether or not you are able to do it anymore,” she mentioned, including that she believes she will nonetheless make a huge impact within the sport.
Seattle coach, Gary Kloppenburg, describes Chook’s basketball expertise with raving critiques. “She’s just an orchestrator,” he mentioned after the crew’s 2020 championship win, in response to The Wall Road Journal. “She’s like a maestro on the market directing visitors, discovering open folks.” In reality, Chook set a WNBA finals record with 16 assists within the first recreation of the championship collection.
Chook’s profession has been highlighted by two NCAA championship titles and 4 Olympic gold medals as properly. She is a real basketball icon, and, forward, try photographs from her most up-to-date and really first championship victories.