By Todd Kortemeier | Nov. 16, 2018, 4:36 p.m. (ET)

Sue Bird poses for a photo prior to the start of the FIBA Women's World Cup during Sept. 2018 in Tenerife, Spain.

 

Sue Bird isn’t ready to hang ‘em up as a player yet, but she will be lending her significant basketball expertise to the Denver Nuggets as a basketball operation associate, the team announced Friday.

It is hard to imagine them finding someone better qualified.

Bird is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, three-time WNBA champion, 11-time All-Star and two-time NCAA champion. It was reported last month that Bird met with the Nuggets about taking on a front office role, while still planning to return to the Seattle Storm for her 18th season. 

The Storm swept the Washington Mystics in September for the third WNBA title in franchise history, all won with Bird.

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“We are very excited to have Sue join our organization,” said Nuggets President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly in a team statement. “Her resume certainly speaks for itself and as a still active player she will offer an extremely unique perspective.”

Bird is the latest WNBA player to make the transition into an NBA coaching or executive role. Becky Hammon made history in 2014 as the first full-time female assistant coach in the NBA when she joined Gregg Popovich’s staff with the San Antonio Spurs. Nancy Lieberman joined the staff of the Sacramento Kings in 2015, and Kristi Toliver was hired by the Washington Wizards last month.

Toliver and Bird are unique in that they will be continuing their playing careers while taking on their new roles. The 38-year-old Bird enters the 2019 season on top in WNBA history in games played, minutes played and assists.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.