Jordin Canada’s career at UCLA was one of the best not only in Bruins history, but in the Pac-12’s history as well. She’s the only player in league history to score 1,800 points and rack up 700 assists in a career.
Last season, Canada sought out advice from the legendary Sue Bird — her favorite female player growing up.
New on @TheAthleticSEA: Sue Bird was Jordin Canada's favorite player. Now the veteran and rookie point guards are teammates hoping to vault the @seattlestorm back to the top of the WNBA. From @jimcaple: https://t.co/fC2Lx3hZJq
— The Athletic (@TheAthleticSEA) June 22, 2018
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“I look up to her as a basketball player, and I knew I needed to step up my game a little bit while becoming the leader for the UCLA team at the time,’’ Canada, a fellow point guard, said. “I just wanted to get her input into how she was as a player in college and in the pros, and how she is able to lead her team and some of the things she does to help her teammates get better – and herself.’’
UCLA made a run to the Elite Eight last season before Canada was selected No. 5 in the WNBA Draft.
Now, Canada and Bird are teammates in Seattle.
“We guard each other a lot in practice and stand next to each other, so I like to be in her ear a little bit,’’ Bird said. “I’ll tell her, ‘Hey, when we run this play you have to make sure you’re going a little bit further to the wing to get the right angle.’ So on and so forth.”
Canada essentially is the heir apparent to Bird, who is more than OK with helping the rookie make the professional transition.
“Just a year ago we were on the phone and I was giving her advice. But we’re teammates now. There is no hierarchy, we’re teammates,’’ Bird said. “So if I see something that you need to be doing, I’m going to tell you. And if you see something that I need to be doing, don’t be like shy. Tell me I’m your equal. The age difference is what it is, but I’m your equal.”