Cappie Pondexter speaks: Getting rest, Team USA, Fashion Week and more
Basketball star Cappie Pondexter is not on the squad competing for a title at the 2010 FIBA World Championships in the Czech Republic that begin September 23. According to her Twitter account feed, she decided to rest after years of non-stop competition. However, before she shed light via the online service about her decision to sit out of this year’s competition, she came under fire from fans and sports writers. Some questioned her dedication to the sport and her commitment to USA Basketball in light of the fact that she attended events at Fashion Week in New York City last week.
USA head coach Geno Auriemma said a little over a week ago that he did not expect her to be on the team.
â€œCappie’s got some issues, physical. Wasn’t here either day, obviously,â€ he said. â€œShe’s not making the trip to Spain with us when the team leaves tomorrow morning. Right now, if you asked me whether or not she’s going to join us at all, I would say, based on my conversations with her, probably not.â€
Pondexter, a long-time member of Team USA, had a stellar season with the New York Liberty, her first with the Eastern Conference team after being traded from the Phoenix Mercury during a blockbuster trade in the offseason. She demanded the trade for professional reasons. She wanted to be closer to the epicenter of the fashion industry as it dovetails with the growth of her image consulting firm, 4 Season Style & Management.
She helped the Liberty set a franchise-record 10-game winning streak and garner a second playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. She led them to the Eastern Conference Finals and was a candidate for league MVP with just two votes shy of winner Seattle Storm forward-center Lauren Jackson.
In Cappie’s words:
Ok bout to state my peace:Liberty is where my heart is! If we were in finals does it seem like I woulda been a fashion week? The obvious no
All along I stated what my goal was n that’s to win a [championship]! MVP: I could care less if I won or not! LJ won it and I give her
All the respect bc she deserved it! For me I will continue to work harder! But in order for that to happen I had to rest my body after yrs
Of having no break! WBB players go through it n this year was the 1st year where I really pushed myself n team to a whole nother level!
Them for fashion week! Just so happen by the grace of God it all fell at the same time! I bleed usa bball and anyone who. Thinks otherwise
Need to go back in those history books n look at the truth! Since I was 16 n bc I’m 27 that will never change! My body broke down n for me
Have an even better year I had to give up something! Oh did I forget to mention I have to go to russia for 7 months! I just didn’t have the
Strength to do both! Regardless of my decision people, critcs,fans will have their own opinion what matters most is what I do next: The Quest