She may be fairly new to New York, but she is no stranger to the game of Women’s Basketball. Drafted in 2006 to the Phoenix Mercury with the 2nd overall pick, Cappie Pondexter has already accomplished what many could only dream of. She was named WNBA Finals MVP in 2007, won two WNBA championships (’06 and ’09), is a three-time All-Star, and became the first WNBA player to win three consecutive Western Conference “Player of the Week” awards in 2009.
There is no doubt Cappie’s time in Phoenix was remarkable, and she is only looking to add to her list of accomplishments as a member of the New York Liberty since March 2010.
Ballerstatus sits down with Cappie to talk preparation for the upcoming season, her fashion firm, and just how far she thinks her team can go.
BallerStatus.com: What is like being back onto the court for pre-season games, as you get ready for another season?
Cappie: It was a lot of fun, a lot of energy. The kids were great. And just to be able to be back on the court and to hear all the noise is kind of cool.
BallerStatus.com: How do you prepare mentality and physically for the schedule ahead?
Cappie: Well, you know, physically, we’re just coming from Europe, so it’s not a big difference. I had a two-week span; I went on vacation and ran on the beach… did a physical work out.
BallerStatus.com: Is there anything that you want to work on either to add to your game or improve on this season?
Cappie: Definitely… my team definitely would need my leadership. For me, I’m just making sure not only am I talking, but I’m leading by example, that’s the most important thing.
BallerStatus.com: Now off the court, you’re considered a sports fashion icon with your image and styling firm, 4 Season Style Management, which is based in New York. Explain that venture for us.
Cappie: It was something my business partner and I always discussed before I came to New York. To actually have it come to fruition is kind of cool and not only that, but in the best place as New York, the fashion capitol, in my opinion. I am excited not only to play here, but to be a business woman as well.
BallerStatus.com: Are your teammates taking advantage of the services you provide?
Cappie: (laughs) For the most part, the rookies are like, “We want to work with you guys, we want you guys to do some shopping for us for different events…” They are pretty excited about it.
BallerStatus.com: Which fashion icon do you admire?
Cappie: There are so many people that I admire. One person that I can relate to is definitely Rihanna. Her style and the way a she just mixes things together, definitely [represents] my attitude and flare.
BallerStatus.com: Now, you’ve been playing for the Liberty for about a year now. What was the transition like from Phoenix to New York?
Cappie: Phoenix is slow… I went to Russia, so I was kind of like being in the city. There’s nothing like the city, there so much to do and I’m the type of person that not only likes to shop, but likes to socialize as well. There are so many cool people to meet and things to do, I love being in the city and my transition was pretty easy.
BallerStatus.com: Where do you see the Liberty going?
Cappie: I would like to see us bring that title to New York and that Playoff basketball atmosphere. Last year, we got to the Eastern Conference Finals. If we could make to the Finals and win it all, that would be like a dream come true and probably one of the best things in my basketball career.
BallerStatus.com: Anything else you would like to add, Cappie?
Cappie: Right now I’m enjoying the rookies and the new team we have now. I’m just looking to build. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but I just want our fans to know that it’s going to be a long journey and they continue to believe in us and to know we are in it for the long haul. It’s going to be a great summer.