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Monday, July 16, 2012

Geno talks about death of Sue Bird's step father

There were some heavy hearts around the U.S. women's national team with the word that the step father of Sue Bird passed away.

Dennis Burden was a significant presence during Bird's playing days as you almost always say him at the game or out and about in the town UConn was playing in.

Obviously Bird left the team to be with her family and UConn coach Geno Auriemma is not exactly sure when she will be back.

"Sue, I told her to take as much time as she need, come back when you need to come back," Auriemma said. "She may or not play in the game at Manchester (England). We'll know tomorrow. We'll have a better idea what all the arrangements are for Dennis."

Taurasi, one of Bird's closest friends, echoed Auriemma sentiments.

"I talked to Sue a little bit today and she is doing pretty good," Taurasi said. "She will be back with the team as soon as she feels fit. She will be there when the real games start. She will be ready."

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