It's great when you share the same family name with successful and famous people. You can tell anyone you're related to them, and that would make you look cool instantly. Sue Bird did just that when she was younger: telling everyone Larry Bird was his uncle.
Sue Bird and "Uncle Larry"
Sue admits getting asked a question countless times when she was a kid. "Are you related to Larry Bird?" or "Are you her niece or daughter?" What else can we expect a kid to do but stretch the truth a bit.
"It's like a famous story in my childhood school and neighborhood that I lied and I would tell people he was my uncle like all the time. I mean, I was like 6 or 7, so I feel like that's excusable." via Insider
What's even funnier is Sue shared the story to Larry Bird, who claimed he was "honored" to become an honorary member of Sue Bird's family.
You can't blame people for believing either. Both are legends of the game, and if someone says they are related, people will point out that it's probably in their genes to become great basketball players.
Two legends of the game
Bird was able to carve his path and build his legacy in women's basketball history. She has 4 WNBA titles, 5 Olympic gold medals, and 12 WNBA All-Star selections. Plus, the 21-year-veterans holds the record for most assists in the history of the WNBA.
Both Larry and Sue played for one franchise all their careers. Bird's time with Seattle Storm is coming to a close after signs pointing to the 2022 season as her last. When all is said and done, Sue Bird will go down as one of the best to ever do it. And that's a remarkable thing in itself, with or without the help of her last famous last name. Just like Larry in the NBA, she paved the way for more women to learn and love the game the right way in women's basketball.
With all the achievements of Sue, of course, Larry wouldn't mind being associated or related to her. If it's the other way around, a young Larry telling everyone Sue was his aunt, everyone would have probably believed him.