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Seattle Storm star and five-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird says the 2022 season will be her last playing in the WNBA. The announcement by the 41-year-old ended any speculation about her future. She acknowledged in February when she re-signed with Seattle that this would likely be her final season. Bird strongly considered retirement after last season before choosing to return for a 19th season as a player. She missed two seasons due to injuries. Bird is a four-time WNBA champion, 12-time All-Star and the oldest player in the league. She has spent her entire WNBA career with Seattle since becoming the No. 1 pick in 2002 following her storied college career at UConn.

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A Southern California auction house says a jersey worn by Kobe Bryant in his rookie season has sold at auction for $2.73 million. SCP Auctions says the buyer wants to remain anonymous as does the seller. David Kohler of SCP Auctions had estimated the jersey from the 1996-97 season would fetch between $3 million and $5 million, but it came up short. Another of Bryant's rookie jerseys went for $3.69 million last year, which is the highest price ever for a basketball jersey.