Sue Bird may not feel old, but she got a good taste of being the league’s oldest player at 40-years old after a conversation with her teammate Mikiah “Kiki” Herbert Harrigan.
During a preseason media availability with local media heading into the season opener, Bird talked about how she learned that the 22-year old Harrigan’s mom is the same age as her.
“I kind of joke we’re, — myself, Diana [Taurasi], and I don’t say this lightly, LeBron James, Tom Brady — I think we’re changing the conversations … of what it means to have a long career as an athlete. I think the way I always joke about it is 40 is the new 30.
“Although, I found out today — oh my gosh. Guys, this is just terrible. I found out today that my new teammate, Kiki, her mom is my age! We have the same birthday! Like, she’s 40 the same way I’m 40. She was like, ‘Oh no worries, she’s a young mom.’ I’m like, ‘She’s a mom! To my teammate!’
“[Herbert Harrigan] was like, ‘She’s excited to meet you.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, she probably wants to, like, hang out and get drinks.’ We’re the same age! That blew my mind.
“But anyway, I do think we’re changing the conversation about what it means to be an old athlete, or an older athlete, because we are taking care of ourselves in a way that allows us to continue to be great.”
Last season, she won the WNBA Championship while averaging 9.2 points and 5.2 assists.