WASHINGTON — Had enough of players who master the art of passive-aggressiveness, saying in one breath that they love playing where they are, then grumbling under the next breath that they wouldn’t mind being dealt, if it helps the organization?
Meet Cappie Pondexter, whose DNA is apparently devoid of the passive-aggressive gene or at least any that fudge the truth about where she wants to be and what she wants to do.
After four years with the Phoenix Mercury, Pondexter decided in the offseason that she wanted to be traded.
That, of course, doesn’t make her strange in today’s athletic climate. Where Pondexter is unusual is she actually told someone, namely Phoenix general manager Ann Meyers-Drysdale, that she wanted to leave, and didn’t duck from her request once it became public knowledge.
“Pretty much, I demanded a trade,” said Pondexter, the No.2 overall pick in the 2006 draft out of Rutgers. “I want to finish my career on the East Coast. That’s where I started it. That was pretty much it.”
And, as a result, it’s Pondexter’s image that adorns a side of Madison Square Garden, as the 5-foot-9 inch guard has come to New York as a part of a three-team trade, literally to seek fame and make a fortune, and possibly get the long suffering Liberty to the playoffs and beyond.
“I’m confident in my ability to lead this team,” said Pondexter. “I was brought here for that. I wanted to be here for it and I’m taking the responsibility.”
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