Originally written on Seattle Times  |  Last updated 9/19/14

BEIJING - AUGUST 11: Sue Bird #6 of the United States looks on prior to playing against China in a women's basketball preliminary game on Day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Wukesong Indoor Stadium on August 11, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Perhaps because loyalty is becoming uncommon in sports, Storm fans allowed themselves to fret over the future of its star-studded backcourt. As WNBA free agency progressed and All-Star PG Sue Bird's name sat unclaimed in the unrestricted bracket along with cohort G Tanisha Wright, anxiety appeared to mount among the most faithful. And when a rumor sprouted about Phoenix possibly luring Bird? Questions of her return were endless. Yet, Bird is a woman of her word. She's stated repeatedly that she wants to finish her WNBA career in Seattle and moved another step closer to that by re-signing with the Storm on Thursday. Joining her will be Wright, who was drafted by former coach Anne Donovan in 2005. "I've always said I want to finish my career in Seattle," Bird stated in a press release. "There is no place else I'd rather play. I'm happy to get this done. My first 10 years with the Storm have been memorable, and I look forward to making more great memories this season and in the future....
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