After practice today, I had the chance to catch up with Cappie Pondexter of the New York Liberty. Due to a travel schedule that would have had them flying from Los Angeles to New York, New York to Phoenix, and Phoenix back to New York, the Liberty opted to just spend some extra days in the desert heat. This gave some members of the Phoenix media to have a chance to catch up with the former Mercury superstar.
Read the full interview after the jump.
How does it feel to be back in town?
It feels good to be back...in 110 degree weather. I walked in my house like, "Whoa". Had to turn on the AC and leave, it was so hot. But it definitely feels good to be back, sleeping in my own bed for a little bit.
Is it weird to come back as part of a different team?
Definitely, there’s a lot of memories here, a lot of great memories, and to be here for so long…it’s special, but at the same time, it’s business.
So, headed to New York, you guys are sitting at fifth in the Eastern Conference. Did you expect a little more success or do you still feel like the team has yet to find its groove?
It’s a new team. You know, I didn’t expect for us to come right away. We didn’t have training camp, and we’re starting to get it. For me, my motto isn’t about how we start, but it’s about how we finish. We’re starting to play New York basketball, and that’s what we’re looking at.
Comparing the cities, from New York to Phoenix...there’s got to be a huge difference.
(Laughs) Of course, there’s no city like New York. New York is one of the best cities in the States, it’s where I kind of grew up. I started my college career there, and now I’m playing there professionally – it’s awesome.
One more I just have to ask…how’s the buzz around New York with the whole LeBron free agency thing?
I don’t know, we started our road trip against LA so I’m not sure. I’m sure it’s crazy, though. I mean, wherever he decides, I’m happy for him.