End-Season Reflection: Cappie Pondexter

Ros Gold-Onwude


Cappie Pondexter appeared in 30 games (30 starts), averaging 16.9 points, 4.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1 steal in 34 minutes per game.

Where are you playing overseas?

Iím playing for Fenerbahce in Turkey again.  Angel McCoughtry is too- Iím looking forward to it!

What do you have planned before heading to Turkey?

Iím always packing.  I was invited to join the USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas.  Thatís whatís next for me.

How do you approach the USA basketball camp given that you werenít selected for the 2012 London Olympics team?

That decision was tough on me.  All I can do now is move past it and move forward.  Iíve always been involved with USA Basketball since I was a kid and it would be good to play in Rio for the team.

How was the 2013 New York Liberty season for you?

Not making the playoffs was disappointing.  Losing Essence really hurt us.  There were many changes this season.  I embraced the role of moving to the lead position at the halfway point of the season.  I think its good because at the lead I have a lot of different opportunities, especially with my skill set, if Iím aggressive it gets my teammates involved more and gets me involved, too.  We need more consistent play on the wings and that will make it harder to double-team me.

What are you looking forward to for next season?

Coming back to the Garden!  Itís the Mecca!  Everyone wants to play at Madison Square Garden.  Itís also an easier drive for me; I live in the city.

What was it like to play for Bill Laimbeer?

It was cool to play for Bill.  With any coach there are growing pains.  We had to figure each other out and Bill saw what kind of player he has in me and is trying to make me better.  He is a leader as a coach and I think weíre heading in the right direction together.  We set the foundation for next season.