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Extra burden on Bird

By this point in her career, Sue Bird is the epitome of a veteran. Bird (pictured right) is about to become a three-time Olympian, is a two-time WNBA champion and is entering her 11th season playing for the Seattle Storm. “I think most point guards will always be compared to Sue because of the success she’s had at the collegiate level and the WNBA and with the Olympics,” Seattle coach Brian Agler said. Bird gets to take on a new role when the Storm tip off their season Friday night, hosting the Los Angeles Sparks. Bird’s running mate during her entire career in Seattle, three-time league MVP Lauren Jackson, is staying in Australia to train with the national team for the London Olympics and will rejoin Seattle after the London Games. – AP