The Seattle Storm announced today that veteran point guard Sue Bird will undergo surgery and miss the entire 2013 WNBA season. Bird, who competed in her 11th season with the Storm last year, will have a cyst on her right knee removed. A specific date for the surgery has not been announced; recovery and rehabilitation from the procedure is expected to last six months. Bird led the Storm to WNBA titles in 2004 and 2010 and has made seven All-Star appearances.
“It is with great disappointment I share that I have developed a cyst in my right knee and this spring, I will be undergoing preventative surgery,” Bird said. “The doctors have informed me that I will be in recovery and intense physical therapy for approximately six months, which means I will be forced to miss this upcoming WNBA season. The doctors feel very strongly that if I take care of this as soon as I complete my current tour in Europe, it will ward off future debilitating consequences."
The news is a huge blow to the Seattle roster that already depleted. In February Lauren Jackson announced she will missing the 2013 season after undergoing hamstring surgery in January. Also, Anne Wauters will not be returning to the team in 2013, opting to stay in Belgium with her wife and newborn children.
The Storm recently signed guards Temeka Johnson and Noelle Quinn and forward Nakia Sanford. Training camp invitations have been extended to Alysha Clark, Chay Shegog and Cierra Bravard. Training camp is scheduled to begin May 5.