PHOENIX - SEPTEMBER 05: Sue Bird #10 and Lauren Jackson #15 of the Seattle Storm in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Mercury during the 2010 WNBA Playoffs at US Airways Center on September 5, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Storm defeated the Mercury 91-88 to win the series 2-0. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Coach Explains Why Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson Better Than Malone and Stockton

PHOENIX – JULY 14: Sue Bird #10 and Lauren Jackson #15 of the Seattle Storm during the WNBA game against the Phoenix Mercury at US Airways Center on July 14, 2010, in Phoenix, Arizona. The Storm defeated the Mercury 111-107 in triple overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson are one of the best dynamics do’s the WNBA has ever seen. During their ten seasons together with the Seattle Storm, they won two championships in 2004 and 2010. Throughout their tenure in Seattle, they drew comparisons to other great duos such as John Stockton & Karl Malone, Gary Payton, and Shawn Kemp because of their chemistry on the basketball court.

But is it possible that Bird and Jackson were better than both those great duos?

Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Jenny Boucek thinks so.

“Yeah, but they are better; they won more, said Boucek. “I didn’t coach those other players, but the other thing about Sue [Bird] and Lauren [Jackson] were really special. Not only did they complement each other almost to perfection, but they were both incredible teammates. Everyone wanted to play, and everybody wanted to play for them.”

“They were loved by their teammates. So, they were these humble superstars that were loved by their teammates and a magical chemistry. And when those two were on the floor as a coach, you could win a championship.”

Boucek coached both Bird and Jackson for most of their careers in Seattle.

John Stockton and Karl Malone & Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp were great dynamic duos, but they weren’t able to duplicate the success that Bird and Jackson had on the court in terms of winning a championship together. Stockton and Malone were able to reach the finals in back to back seasons in 1997 and 1998, but came up short against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Kemp and Payton suffered the same feat in the 1996 Finals against the Bulls.

Payton would later win a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006 as they defeated the Dallas Mavericks. However, Shawn Kemp, Karl Malone, and John Stockton would all retire without winning a championship.

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Written by Landon Buford

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