One week into their first training camp under Bill Laimbeer, the New York Liberty are full of excitement and optimism.
''He has a great system for us, utilizes everyone at their strengths,'' forward Essence Carson said Monday at the team's annual media day. ''We're just trying to get this chemistry together and get it rolling.''
Laimbeer's hiring in New York last October has energized a franchise that reached the WNBA Finals four times in the league's first six years, but has not been back to the championship round since losing to Los Angeles in its last appearance in 2002.
''I'm excited,'' said Liberty star Cappie Pondexter, who joined the team Sunday after helping Fenerbahce win the Turkish League title. ''(Laimbeer) is a player's coach, definitely. ... I'm excited I get to learn a lot from him.''
After struggling to a .500 record the last two years under former coach John Whisenant, expectations are sky-high for the team under Laimbeer, who led the Detroit Shock to three cham...