Seattle Storm fans will gather at Seattle Center this Sunday to honor the team. They won their third WNBA title this week, defeating the Washington Mystics in a three-game sweep.
KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel tells host Kirsten Kendrick that the Storm was the team to beat all season. And they had a not-so-secret weapon.
Bird Most Impressive
Thiel said he is impressed that the Storm have won three titles but he's most impressed with the performance of veteran point guard Sue Bird.
"The most amazing stat that was part of this whole thing is that Sue was playing with her fifth broken nose," he said. "It just demonstrated what a warrior she is."
"She's been the broken face of this franchise," Thiel joked. "It's hard to play with a broken nose. And the fact that she prevailed epitomized , I think, the success of this franchise and certainly this season."
Third Title No Surprise
"They were 'the goods' from the beginning," Thiel continued.
"They finished the season with a 26-8 record, which was the No. 1 seed. They did it with, I thought, a very contemporary, state-of-the-art offense, where you're talking about the bigs going outside and shooting three-pointers."
"There's just no defense for that. The (Washington) Mystics had no shot (in the finals) with that kind of ruthless offensive efficiency of the Storm."
"That was a brilliant execution of a very contemporary philosophy. It's a tribute to Dan Hughes, their first-year coach that he adapted this style to the people who could execute it."
"They were so smooth and so ruthless that there was just no doubt (in Game 3) who was going to win."