Seattle Storm star and five-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Chook introduced Thursday the 2022 season shall be her final enjoying within the WNBA.

The announcement by Chook, 41, ended any hypothesis about her future; she had acknowledged in February when she re-signed with Seattle that this may doubtless be her last season. She strongly thought-about retirement after final season earlier than selecting to return for a nineteenth season as a participant.

Chook’s announcement got here a day earlier than Seattle’s sport at Connecticut. The Storm will shut out their street journey on Sunday in New York, about 30 miles from the place Chook grew up in Syosset, New York.

“Because the season has gone, like I mentioned, I just about knew, after which as soon as I noticed the schedule, after which as soon as I began packing for this journey just a little bit, I used to be like, ‘Oh, that is gonna be my final time enjoying in New York. My final time enjoying in entrance of my household and mates.’ And in order that’s why the timing of that is what it’s,” Chook mentioned in a video posted by the Storm on social media.

“I simply actually felt strongly about saying my retirement, saying it was my final 12 months so I can share that with my household and my mates, all of the individuals in New York who’ve watched me rising up to allow them to come and see me play for the final time in my residence state. So I’m enthusiastic about that. It’s additionally bittersweet.”

Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) passes around the defense of Chicago Sky guard Rebekah Gardner (35) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in Seattle.

Seattle Storm guard Sue Chook (10) passes across the protection of Chicago Sky guard Rebekah Gardner (35) through the second half of a WNBA basketball sport Wednesday, Could 18, 2022, in Seattle. The Storm gained 74-71.

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Chook is a four-time WNBA champion, 12-time All-Star and the oldest participant within the league. She has spent her whole WNBA profession with Seattle since changing into the No. 1 draft choose in 2002 following her storied school profession at UConn. This season is her twenty first related to the franchise though simply her nineteenth enjoying after lacking two seasons as a consequence of accidents. She is the league’s all-time chief in assists and the usual by which different level guards are judged.

Chook turns 42 in October and was on the cusp of stepping away a 12 months in the past, and when the Storm had been eradicated by the Phoenix Mercury within the playoffs, followers chanted “Yet another 12 months! Yet another 12 months!” as she did an on-court televised interview.

These cheers had been egged on by Phoenix’s longtime star Diana Taurasi, Chook’s former school teammate at UConn and a part of all 5 of these Olympic gold-medal runs.

In the long run, the followers — and Taurasi — received what they wished. Chook got here again, for precisely yet one more 12 months.

“Sue Chook is Storm basketball,” her WNBA staff tweeted moments after Chook made her resolution recognized. “Each second, each reminiscence has one fixed. No. 10. It’s time for the ultimate chapter.”

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