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.
No. 4 overall pick Katie Lou Samuelson’s favorite player is Larry Bird.
Bird surprised her with a special message right after she got drafted ?
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 11, 2019
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.