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Seattle’s Bird May Undergo Off-Season Surgery After Playing Season With Labrum Tears in Both Hip



By Lee Michaelson
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If playing through pain is one measure of an athlete’s commitment and courage, then Seattle’s Sue Bird, who along with Ruth Riley of the San Antonio Silver Stars took home this season’s Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, should be considered for the basketball equivalent of the Medal of Honor.

As the Seattle Storm, who narrowly lost their Western Conference semifinals playoff series to the Phoenix Mercury on Monday, packed their bags and headed home, they paused for one last round of interviews with local media. That’s when Bird dropped a bombshell: She has been playing all season with tears to the labrum, definitely in one of her hips and quite possibly in both.

The injury is similar to the one that sidelined teammate Lauren Jackson for much of this season after undergoing surgical repair in June. Bird, too, will be meeting with physicians to determine whether off-season surgery to repair the tears will be required.

If playing through pain is one measure of an athlete’s commitment and courage, then Seattle’s Sue Bird, who along with Ruth Riley of the San Antonio Silver Stars took home this season’s Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, should be considered for the basketball equivalent of the Medal of Honor.

As the Seattle Storm, who narrowly lost their Western Conference semifinals playoff series to the Phoenix Mercury on Monday, packed their bags and headed home, they paused for one last round of interviews with local media. That’s when Bird dropped a bombshell: She has been playing all season with tears to the labrum, definitely in one of her hips and quite possibly in both.

The injury is similar to the one that sidelined teammate Lauren Jackson for much of this season after undergoing surgical repair in June. Bird, too, will be meeting with physicians to determine whether off-season surgery to repair the tears will be required.

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Originally published Fri, September 23, 2011


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NCAA DIVISION I TOP 25 COACHES' POLL
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Week: February 7, 2012
RANK SCHOOL RECORD LAST WEEK'S RANK PRESEASON RANK AP RANK POINTS
1 Baylor (31) 24-0 1 1 1 775
2 Notre Dame 23-1 2 2 2 743
3 Connecticut 21-2 3 4 3 710
4 Stanford 20-1 4 5 4 685
5 Duke 19-3 6 8 5 650
6 Miami (FL) 20-3 7 7 6 604
7 Kentucky 21-3 5 15 7 584
8 Maryland 20-3 10 10 8 534
9 Wisconsin-Green Bay 20-0 9 24 9 530
10 Ohio State 21-2 11 NR-RV
(61)
10 483
11 Tennessee 17-6 8 3 11 476
12 Delaware 20-1 13 NR 12 434
13 Georgetown 18-5 15 11 14 379
14 Texas A&M 16-5 16 6 15 378
15 Nebraska 19-3 18 NR 13 309
16 Rutgers 17-4 14 12 17 372
17 Louisville 17-6 12 9 20 276
18 Gonzaga 21-3 19 NR-RV
(70)
19 234
19 Purdue 19-5 17 21 16 222
20 Georgia 18-6 20 12 21 202
21 Penn State 18-5 21 14 18 176
22 DePaul 17-7 23 18 NR-RV
(38)
92
23 Georgia Tech 16-6 22 NR-RV
(18)
22 104
24 South Carolina 18-5 NR-RV
(13)
NR 24 46
25 Vanderbilt 18-5 NR-RV
(23)
NR-RV
(19)
NR 45
Dropped Out: No. 24 North Carolina, No. 25 Kansas.
First-place votes: Total first-place votes received (if any) are indicated in parentheses following school name.
Others receiving votes: St. Bonaventure (22-2) 34; North Carolina (17-6) 19; California (17-6) 18; Florida Gulf Coast (21-2) 16; Middle Tennessee (19-5) 15; Texas-El Paso (20-2) 8; Texas Tech (16-6) 5; Brigham Young (21-4) 4; Fresno State (19-4) 4; St. John's (15-8) 4; Princeton (15-4) 3; Oklahoma (15-7) 2; West Virginia (17-6) 2; Kansas State (15-7) 1.
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Credit: Courtesy Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The weekly Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll, sponsored by USA Today and ESPN, is based on voting by a Board of Coaches made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions all of whom are WBCA members.