She's overcome a knee injury that forced her to sit out the 2013 season and survived a four-year roster reconstruction that resulted in two years of missing the postseason followed by a pair of first-round playoff exits.
Seattle, which the had the best-record in the regular season at 26-8 and the No. 1 playoff seed, was too quick, too efficient on the perimeter offensively and just too good for No. 3 Washington. League MVP Breanna Stewart scored 30 points in the victory and was selected Finals MVP after averaging 25.6 points through the three games.
Finally, Wednesday night, the obstacles - namely a truly deserving Seattle Storm team - became one too many.
Seattle coach Dan Hughes said it was a focus from the outset of the game to get Stewart as many touches as possible. "She truly was the MVP of this league".
Now she can add a WNBA title and a WNBA Finals MVP to her resume. "I know she made me a better coach".
Bird and Thibault first met in the WNBA Finals back in 2004 as Bird's Storm took on Thibault's Connecticut Sun.
"We don't want to go [back] to Seattle to play", Stewart said.
"Each (championship) is special in its own way, but this one is probably going to have a different meaning for me", said 37-year-old point guard Bird. "I'm just so thankful that we were both playing in Russian Federation at the time and that we just met because we connected instantly, and that's been my person that I go to about everything in my life".
The coach sensed something brewing early in his first year with the franchise.
It was Bird who scored the go-ahead basket in an overtime win to beat Phoenix in Game 2 of the semifinals.
"You knew Washington would respond after game one, and that second quarter was an example, I think, of how good they were", said Hughes.
"Yeah, that's what it is", said Bird "The friendship is the same, whether you're going to dinner, or you're running into each other and just exchanging a friendly joke or a friendly hug or whatever it is, and then you cross the line for 40 minutes and you're enemies".
It was also reported that Mystics star Elena Delle Donne was a guest on the next episode of LeBron's HBO show 'The Shop.' "Elena [Delle Donne] and Kristi and Ariel Atkins, Tianna Hawkins, they're all top-level, top-10 3-point shooters", Thibault said.
"Obviously, this finals didn't go the way we wanted it. This is a great arena, could be electric in here if we fill it up".
WNBAElena Delle Donne boxes out Breanna Stewart. With wins Friday night (89-76) and Sunday afternoon, the Storm remained unbeaten in home games in the WNBA Finals. The pair are joined by Liz Cambage of the Dallas Wings, Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury and Tiffany Hayes of the Atlanta Dream to round out the team. While players haven't been shy about standing up for themselves, they've gotten some help from their National Basketball Association counterparts this year, which is enormous given the men's game's meteoric rise both at home and overseas over the last half decade. "To do it with this group, the way we did it, I don't even know how to react".