Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird underwent
successful surgery Friday to repair the labrum in her left hip.
The procedure was performed by Dr. Marc J. Philippon at the Steadman Clinic in
Vail, Colo., where Bird remains resting comfortably, the team said.
After a weekend stay at the clinic, Bird -- the Storm's leading scorer and
playmaker this year with 12.2 points and 5.3 assists per game -- will
immediately begin rehabilitation and will be out of action between 8-12 weeks.
"We're excited as an organization that Sue came through her surgery
successfully," said Storm head coach and general manager Brian Agler. "Dr.
Philippon said she must have been very courageous to have played through the
injury. He is very optimistic the surgery went well. We look forward to seeing
Sue at full health next season."
In September 2011, Bird, a 10-year pro out of Connecticut, had the same
surgery performed on her right hip and made a full recovery. She was ready in
time to play in Russia for UMMC Ekaterinburg in January.
The Storm were eliminated during the Western Conference Semifinals on Tuesday,
falling 73-72 in Game 3 to the Minnesota Lynx. For the series, Bird averaged
16.3 points and 7.0 assists per game.
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