Sue Chook, basketball operations affiliate for the Denver Nuggets. The title has a pleasant ring to it.
Sue Chook, level guard for the Seattle Storm. Now that’s a title she’s not fairly prepared to surrender.
Chook has spent the final month with the Nuggets, hitting the street to assist out with some scouting. The 38-year-old is receiving a first-class training in one other aspect of the sport and it provides her one thing to ponder down the street.
That’s, when she’s shot her final jumper. The basketball fireplace nonetheless burns after wrapping up her 16th WNBA season with a championship in September.
“I’m a participant. I’m nonetheless targeted on my taking part in profession. I need to get probably the most out of that as attainable,” Chook stated Sunday night time earlier than the Nuggets hosted Toronto. “Whether or not I retire tomorrow or in 20 years, I simply need to get as a lot out as I can. However with that I’ve an understanding that basketball’s not eternally. In some unspecified time in the future you’ve obtained to search out one thing else, discover your approach, and that’s what’s so nice about this. Hopefully with this course of I can discover out if I’m any good at this, if that is for me, and see what occurs.”
Chook was introduced on board via a dialog with Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly. He principally requested: What does she need to do when she’s completed?
“I all the time thought entrance workplace work, being with the workforce day in and time out, that was one thing I wasn’t going to get to till I used to be completed,” Chook stated. “When he put it in a approach I may do each it grew to become extraordinarily enticing.”
Admittedly, the training curve has been steep.
“It’s a number of gamers. It’s a number of groups,” stated Chook, who’s helped the Storm to 3 titles. “There’s a number of historical past that I’m getting into now and having to study. The one factor you be taught is when you may step out your consolation zone and be uncomfortable you see what you’re made from and who you might be.”
Chook’s rapidly gotten in control in her position as a scout. Then once more, the Nuggets anticipated nothing much less as they’re off to a scorching begin.
“She’s been an asset,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone stated. “Anyone who has a resume Sue has goes to assist any group.”
A local of New York, Chook performed for Connecticut and helped the Huskies to 2 NCAA championships. She was taken by Seattle with the No. 1 choose within the 2002 WNBA draft.
Since then, she’s grow to be one of many league’s most adorned gamers.
And now, she’s turning into a part of a rising neighborhood of ladies within the NBA. Kristi Toliver was added to Washington’s workers of assistant coaches, and Chasity Melvin grew to become an assistant coach with Charlotte’s G League affiliate in Greensboro, North Carolina. There are additionally trailblazers reminiscent of San Antonio assistant Becky Hammon, former Sacramento assistant Nancy Lieberman, Dallas assistant Jenny Boucek, Clippers G League assistant Natalie Nakase and Memphis analyst Nicki Gross.
“There’s one thing good about being a part of a trailblazing group,” Chook stated. “It’s laborious to take a look at myself that approach as a result of I have a look at Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoops and Rebecca Lobo and Daybreak Staley in that approach. … I do know in 20 years I’ll be checked out as a part of that group I simply named.”