Sue Bird and Stephen Curry are two of the most accomplished basketball players of all time, but are they related in any way? The answer is no, they are not related by blood or marriage. However, they do share a connection through a viral commercial that aired during the 2023 NBA All-Star weekend.
The CarMax Commercial
The commercial, which was a follow-up to a similar one in 2021, featured Bird and Curry as customers of CarMax, a car buying and selling service. In the ad, Curry is impressed by the online offer he gets from CarMax for his car, and shows off his four NBA championship rings with the Golden State Warriors. Bird, who is sitting next to him, casually replies that everyone knows about her four WNBA championship rings with the Seattle Storm. She then reveals that she also has an online offer from CarMax, and uses her finger with two NCAA championship rings from her UConn days to tap on her phone. The ad ends with Curry looking stunned and speechless.
The commercial was a clever way of highlighting Bird’s impressive resume, which includes five Olympic gold medals and 12 All-Star appearances, in addition to her six rings. It also poked fun at Curry’s relatively lower achievements, despite being a two-time NBA MVP and a three-point shooting legend. The ad was praised for promoting the visibility and recognition of women’s sports, especially the WNBA, which often gets overshadowed by the NBA.
The Behind-the-Scenes Video
Curry posted a behind-the-scenes video of the commercial shoot on his Twitter account, showing his admiration and respect for Bird and another WNBA star, Candace Parker, who also appeared in the ad. He wrote: “Just another day with a couple of GOATS!! Amazing day on set with CarMax and some legends of the game… Candace Parker and Sue Bird. The honor was all mine.”
In the video, Curry is seen admiring Bird’s rings, which she wears on both hands. He asks her about her UConn ring, and she tells him that it was Geno Auriemma’s second and third national title. She also jokes that her rings start from ’04 and gradually get better. Parker, who has two WNBA titles with the Los Angeles Sparks and one NCAA title with Tennessee, also joins in the conversation.
The video shows the camaraderie and mutual respect among the three basketball icons, who have all made history in their respective leagues.
Sue Bird and Stephen Curry are not related by blood or marriage, but they are related by their love and passion for basketball. They are both legends of the game, who have inspired millions of fans around the world with their skills, leadership and achievements. They are also both humble and gracious, who can laugh at themselves and appreciate each other. They are role models for aspiring athletes, especially young girls who want to pursue their dreams in sports.
According to Sportskeeda, Bird retired from basketball in 2022 after a stellar 20-year career with the Storm. Curry is still playing for the Warriors in 2023, trying to win his fifth NBA title against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the playoffs.
Whether they are on or off the court, Bird and Curry are always worth watching and admiring. They may not be related by blood or marriage, but they are definitely related by greatness.