The New York Liberty continued to pay tribute to history as they inducted Sue Wicks into the “Ring of Honor,” making her the third player introduced into the prestigious group.
Despite admitting she wasn’t one for talking in public, she graciously stood at center court and addressed the fans, thanking them and also her former teammates for their hand in her accomplishments. As she went down the list of previous Liberty players-Teresa Weatherspoon, Kym Hampton and Vickie Johnson to name a few-there were many moments of nostalgia in the arena as she spoke of her memories on the court.
For Wicks, it wasn’t about having her one night in the spotlight. Every time she has attended a Liberty game, there’s a feeling of honor because of the influence she’s had in players’ lives. “The ‘[Ring] of Honor’ is amazing to be in,” she said. “But every time I walk into this building or when I’m around the girls, I feel honored every night. You’re honored that the basketball continues, that the girls play well and remember the tradition. It’s an honor to be involved in their lives and give a little bit of mentorship. That’s the biggest honor.”
Providing a link to history is what Wicks enjoys the most about the “Ring of Honor.” With all sports, it’s always important to touch back on the past, and for her, she feels it’s good a way of staying “in contact with where you’re coming from, where you are now and where you want to go.”
These days, Wicks is a spectator at games and can be seen sitting courtside as she cheers on the current Liberty team.
With the WNBA currently in its 15th year, she enjoys how the enthusiasm for the sport continues to grow. “I think the charm of it all is that we always feel we have so much more to prove, so much more space to grow,” she said. “And the beauty is, we have a place that we can grow. The league grows, the players grow and the game grows.”
With that said, the Liberty are still looking to prove they’re contenders for a championship. Despite a rough start to the second half of the season, they’re back on track after an 85-75 victory Tuesday night against the Atlanta Dream. The Liberty return to the Prudential Center on Tuesday to host the Seattle Storm.