You can have known as the row courtside at Barclays Heart Sunday morning Chook Alley. Sitting there was the household and buddies of WNBA and Seattle Storm celebrity Sue Chook, who had introduced earlier within the week that this yr can be her last one.
That meant Sunday’s homecoming for Chook, who grew up in Syosset and attended Christ the King in Queens, took on further particular that means for her and people who have seen her blossom right into a basketball nice. She instructed reporters that she wanted “someplace north of 100” tickets for the recreation in opposition to the New York Liberty at Barclays Heart.
Whereas Chook has but to get time along with her household following her retirement announcement — which got here after the Storm’s recreation in Brooklyn — the help for her at Barclays ranged from her family and friends to individuals from Christ the King and people who had been instrumental to her over the course of her profession.
“It felt good to announce,” Chook mentioned in regards to the earlier three days since her announcement. “To see the reception and folks sharing reminiscences, tales and it’s going to be even higher in the present day.”
Chook’s influence on basketball and the WNBA has been an enormous increase for the sport. She helped lead the Storm to 4 WNBA titles over the course of her 19-year profession and he or she’s been named to the fifteenth, twentieth and Twenty fifth-anniversary groups by the league.
Moreover, she is first all-time in WNBA historical past with 559 video games performed and three,114 assists, fourth with 700 steals, and seventh in factors with 6,639. Chook has been a mainstay on the U.S. Olympic groups and helped win 5 consecutive gold medals from 2004-to 2020.
“I truly performed one yr with Sue in Seattle,” Liberty head coach Sandy Brondello mentioned. “You noticed how particular she was, simply her IQ and her talent set and he or she’s all the time smiling however she actually is fierce at instances. Don’t underestimate the grins as a result of she will definitely get into our gamers’ faces and opponents and all that. Look I feel she’s performed the sport the suitable method. She does no matter she must do to make the workforce win. She’s a pacesetter. She’s a nurturer.
“, she’s like a coach on the court docket to be fairly trustworthy.”
Extra importantly off the court docket, Chook has helped elevate the profile of the WNBA through the years. On Sunday Barclays Heart was plagued by followers sporting jerseys and shirts emblazoned along with her title and No. 10 on the again.
And she or he has impressed numerous numbers of feminine athletes through the years, which Chook mentioned was certainly one of her proudest achievements.
“I feel what the final couple of days has proven me is the lives I’ve impacted,” Chook mentioned. “The little children that I’ve impressed who may now be 20 years outdated, 25 years outdated, and so they instructed me what it meant to them once they have been 10 sorts of factor. It’s slowly sinking in simply what I’ve meant. Even on the Connecticut (Solar) recreation, a few of the gamers after the sport shared some very nice phrases. Simply thanking me or honoring me or saying congratulations.
“Courtney Williams was interviewed on the court docket, I didn’t get to listen to it, however somebody instructed me she gave me a shoutout. … When your friends acknowledge you in that method it’s actually particular.”
The New York Liberty honored Sue Chook with a 3+ minute tribute video and concluded the video with a present introduced to her by former Storm teammates Sami Whitcomb and Natasha Howard. @TheNextHoops pic.twitter.com/csUsiqdttA
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The Liberty honored her with a pregame video tribute following the nationwide anthem with highlights and messages from members of the workforce, Brooklyn Nets, and Gotham Metropolis FC. Moreover, Former Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia despatched effectively needs together with Billie JeanKing and her fiance Megan Rapinoe.
Chook was additionally introduced with a jacket and jersey with all 12 New York sports activities groups logos on it and her title on the again.