WNBA Draft: Katie Lou Samuelson receives well wishes from Larry Bird

Katie Lou Samuelson couldn’t believe what she was seeing on the monitor: Larry Bird was congratulating her on becoming a WNBA player and wishing her success.

Samuelson, who pays homage to Bird by wearing his No. 33, received a surprise message from the basketball legend backstage Wednesday after being selected fourth overall by the Chicago Sky.

The UConn product was in shock as Bird delivered his statement.

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Bird’s message to Samuelson was just the latest NBA-WNBA draft night crossover. Last year, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin recorded messages for Azura Stevens and A’ja Wilson, respectively.

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