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Sue Bird has starred in a series of funny CarMax commercials that uplift the WNBA and its players.
The Seattle Storm star acted alongside ESPN's NBA Insider, Adrian "Woj" Wojnarowski, in two ads.
Bird told Insider she "really enjoyed shooting with Woj" and that he was "a lot of fun" on set.
When you think of Sue Bird and Adrian "Woj" Wojnarowski, acting isn't likely to be the first thing that comes to mind.
But the WNBA superstar and ESPN's foremost NBA Insider - known best as household names in the basketball world - teamed up on the small screen for two CarMax "Call Your Shot" commercials.
And though Woj is a serious reporter who presents as staid in most public settings, he broke out of his shell in hilarious fashion for the spots.
"I actually really enjoyed shooting with Woj," Bird told Insider. "He was a lot of fun to be on set with."
In one of the ads, Bird and Woj peer into the trunk of a car while accompanied by a CarMax agent, who explains that "there's no haggling and no pressure, ever."
"Does everyone know this?!" Woj asks with a shrug of the shoulders, to which the agent replies, "I hope so."
"So Sue, what do you need me here for?" the ordinarily stern NBA news breaker inquires, turning towards Bird.
"Woj," Bird drawls. "I value your friendship!"
In another, Bird and Woj play on the latter's signature breaking news moniker: the Woj Bomb. The same agent informs the pair of basketball mainstays that CarMax allows customers to buy online and choose between curbside pickup and home delivery, to which Woj replies, "That's big news!"
"Is it a Womb Bomb?" Bird asks.
"Not quite," he replies with a hint of regret.
When the agent, who doesn't know what a Woj Bomb is, asks if the news counts as a "firecracker," Bird shoots her a look of bewilderment.
Bird has shot several other CarMax commercials in addition to the ones featuring Woj. She and 2021 WNBA champion Candace Parker teamed up to troll two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry in a new ad published earlier in October. In other spots, she convinces an agent that her driveway gate code is "GOAT" - short for Greatest of All Time - and her middle name is Buckets.
"I actually think one of my favorites was the one where it was like, 'Oh, what's your middle name? Oh, what's the B stand for?' And I was like, 'Oh, Buckets,'" Bird said. "I thought that was hilarious. Gate code was great too, but ... I think buckets might take the cake for me."
Despite the humorous nature of the commercials, Bird noted how important it is for brands to uplift the WNBA and its players the way CarMax has. She also applauded Woj and Curry for helping shine a positive light on women's sports.
""You have a corporate sponsor in CarMax who is seeing the greatness in a player like Candace Parker and... a player like myself, and they're investing in that," Bird said. "They're putting that in the forefront. How you change a lot of the obstacles that the WNBA has to overcome, it's partnerships like this that help you change them - and that's really the deeper goal."
"When you have our male counterparts show that support, it also is a huge part of what that ultimate goal is, which is to continue to push forward and grow the WNBA," she added. "So that was obviously amazing."
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