I hope everyone has enjoyed their turkey day and are getting in the mood for the holiday season. I have to say, my Thanksgiving was awesome this year!
Some of my close friends and teammates came by to eat and hang out with me at my home. It’s always hard during this time since we are all away from our families. However, we surely enjoy each other’s company and make the most of it.
This year, Lisa, my bestie, came over and threw down in the kitchen as always. I added my two cents with my infamous banana pudding recipe that my aunt gave me. I must say, it was a success and had days of Thanksgiving left overs.
When we last talked, I explained how exciting it is to play against friends and my teammates of the New York Liberty. My first match was against Essence Carson (Istanbul Universities) in Turkish League play. I thought it was a challenging match but we held on to win the game. The atmosphere was great and I look forward to seeing her on their home floor.
Last night, I got the pleasure to play against Plenette Pierson (Good Angels) in Euroleague competition. This game came down to the wire but again, we prevailed. I love my sisters and enjoy competing against them in different uniforms but I am truly glad we’re all in it together.
This year, in Turkey, there is no time to enjoy the holidays in the States because we will be playing. There is no break. This is one of the hardest parts sometimes but honestly I have to play because of contractual obligations. I know my family understands and we will make up for it in due time.
Lastly, I’m excited to say my birthday is coming soon and I’ll be turning the big “30.” I have to bring it in with a big bang! Thinking of ideas and plans right now as I write.
If you have any ideas feel free to Twitter them to me @Cappa23. Although I’m nervous about leaving my twenties, my friends keep saying “the thirties are the new twenties.” Definitely have to laugh at this one but I am blessed to say I’m almost able to reach that age.
Well, until then…we chat again.
I love you guys and make sure you’re always smiling and spreading love the right way.
Cappie Pondexter attended the 4th Annual Celebrity Billiards Tournament, hosted by Justin Tuck of the New York Giants. The event was held at Slate NYC and benefited Justin Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy campaign. Check out her red carpet look and interview.
The 39th Wheelchair Charities Awards honored Cappie Pondexter of the New York Liberty and New York Giants Super Bowl hero Victor Cruz and Claude Ritman, the former executive director of Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital, was also honored, along with the Vaccaro family, longtime supporters of Wheelchair Charities.
The affair was held at the New York Hilton, located at 53rd Street and Sixth Avenue, on (Thursday), May 10 at 6 p.m.
Cappie was named Female Athlete of the Year by the Wheelchair Charities. Hank Carter, chairman and CEO of Wheelchair Charities hosted.
Pictured with 4Season Style Management Coordinator, Malcolm Soaries.
The blogosphere was set ablaze as a modern day Battle of the Sexes was born from video (above) of New York Liberty point guard Cappie Pondexter playing against NBA veteran Sebastian Telfair. Thousands of viewers saw Pondexter make it rain buckets in a head-to-head matchup with a bigger, stronger, taller NBA player. But what they didn’t see were the events that led up to the explosive matchup of two legendary point guards. SLAM recently caught up with the two ballers to discuss what happened in Vegas.
SLAM: How did you end up playing together at Impact basketball facilities in Las Vegas?
Cappie Pondexter: Al Harrington and Chauncey Billups actually dragged me into the game. I was visiting Las Vegas with my brother and cousin and I got a call from Chauncey and he said, “I’m picking you up in the morning you’re going to workout with me.” I got to the gym the next day and after two hours of working out with Billups I was resting up and about to ice my body. Then Al Harrington comes over to me and says, “Get a jersey. You’re in”. I’m like “Really? But, I’m tired”. I played anyway because those guys are like my brothers and we are all just trying to get better.
Sebastian Telfair: That day I was in there working out with about 15-20 NBA players and we started playing pickup games. Cappie got called in at point guard and I was the point guard. We played five games and Cappie’s team won the first two and we won the last three. The game you saw on YouTube was the fourth game.
SLAM: What were your thoughts when you saw you were going to be matched up against each other?
CP: I just remembered him being a playground legend in New York. He was the head of his class coming out. It was just cool to go up against him.
ST: I came into the gym and saw Chauncey and about 15-20 other NBA players and that’s normal. But when I saw Cappie was going to be in the game, knowing how successful she is, probably top 15 in the WNBA, I had to respect that right away.
SLAM: When did you decide to turn up the heat in the game and go shot for shot?
CP: The jumper was just what I was feeling. I was kind of nursing an injury at the time too so I thought hitting jumpers was the safer thing to do. Also, I just wanted to work on my shooting. He gave me some good buckets too.
ST: It seems in game four she got a little more aggressive. On the first shot in the video, she comes down the left side and puts up a jumper. She even called “off” but it went in and didn’t even touch the net. I was right in her face and standing on top of her. That’s when I knew she was trying to win this. Then I hit her with the jumper then she hits me with the hesitation. At that point I thought, “She got game, so if I don’t take her serious she is going to try and show me up in here”
SLAM: Were you holding back in the game?
CP:I don’t know if he was taking it easy on me. He’s a cool guy and he was in there just trying to get better.
ST: After she hit a few shots I was definitely guarding her hard. I was saying in my head “She’s not going to score anymore” but she proved me wrong on that. There were other things that she did that weren’t on the tape. She was on the court holding her own. She would come off pick and rolls, make a pass and do obvious stuff the fans wouldn’t be able to understand. It’s no secret she is one of the best point guards to play the game.
SLAM: How did the crowd reaction fuel the tempo of the game?
CP: I got excited. Probably like four or five days ago I had just finished my season in the WNBA. So it was cool to get that reaction and play with the guys after that loss. It was definitely a confidence booster.
ST: That made it fun. You know how she plays; she is one of those up-tempo point guards with handle. It brought it back to street ball in the middle of a game with 20 NBA players in the gym.
SLAM: What was your reaction to the video going viral?
CP: I figured it was going to happen. I have also heard a lot of negative things about it. People say, “It’s fake, it’s not real”. People have to understand that I grew up doing this. I have been playing basketball since I was 10. This is what I love to do. I mean who wants to fake a video. We were both trying to get better and we were having fun doing what we love and it happened to be a crowd there. There’s nothing fake about that.
ST: I didn’t think it was going to go viral. I don’t have Twitter and Facebook like everyone else. I just follow it. As long as the people recognize I was out there fighting with another boss, that’s all that matters.
A pair of Olympic gold medalists, Swin Cash (Seattle Storm) and Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), scored 14 points apiece to lead the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s National Team (3-2) to a 73-63 victory over UNIQA-Euroleasing Sopron in Sopron, Hungary, on Sunday night.
All seven American women scored in a key third-quarter surge that saw the USA, which went into the locker room tied 41-41, outpace the hosts 21-9 and take a 62-50 lead heading into the final stanza.
“It was the complete opposite of the way we started (the second half) the other night,” said Geno Auriemma, 2009-12 USA National Team and University of Connecticut head coach. “There was a much better focus on the defensive end to kind of limit what the other team was doing. Because the defensive stops were there, we were then able to convert that into good offense. I think we took them out of their rhythm. They had a really nice flow offensively in the first half. And then, some defensive things that we did really caused them some problems. We had great ball movement in the third quarter and got open shots. It sounds so simple, but that’s basically what it was.”
Cappie Pondexter scored 22 points to lead the New York Liberty to a 77-67 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday.
Essence Carson had 18 points, Plenette Pierson added 16 and the Liberty (4-4) got their first win at Prudential Center, their new home for the next three seasons while Madison Square Garden undergoes renovations during the summers. New York had lost its first two at home earlier this month.
Former Rutgers All-American and current New York Liberty star Cappie Pondexter has been nominated for an ESPY Award and is also a finalist for the Top-15 players in WNBA history. Fans can vote for both awards, helping Pondexter add to an already decorated list of accolades in her young career.
In addition to Pondexter, the category for Best WNBA Player includes Tamika Catchings, Lauren Jackson and Diana Taurasi. The nominations are based on last season’s performances, in which Pondexter ended the year as the league’s second-leading scorer with 21.4 points per game. She was also sixth in assists with 4.85 per game.
NYC FASHION WEEK FABNESS…RUSSIA HERE I COME! by Cappie Pondexter
Boys ands Girls!
Its been a few weeks and I’ve missed you all indeed. I’ve been resting my body and slowing things down in preparation for my off- season duties in Russia, which have now began. Leaving the states is always bitter-sweet, but the good news is that I’ll be right here live and direct with updates from Russia and everything from their fashion to their culture and much more.
Anyhoo, a few weeks back I mentioned that I would do a recap on my first ever Mercedes Benz Fashion week. Well here its is… Fashionably late, but here nonetheless.
For starters, It was a week of PURE madness… Rushing from show to show was an experience in itself! From Lincoln Center, to Elle Magazine’s Style 360 shows, plus fittings, photo shoots and interviews…. By the end of the week I was happy to say that 4 Seasons Style Management had survived its first fashion week!
Now… With this said, I present to you “Cappie’s top five trends” worth paying attention to.
Tribal Patterns, Florals and Lace dresses…. Vivienne Tam’s collection was responsible for this first trend. The cotton lace dresses and patchwork uttered relaxation. The runway was filled with tribal patterns, florals and lace dresses. This was a STRONG intro to the rest of the week.
Trenches, flattering cropped cargo pants and asymmetrical dresses in grey,charcoal and military green along towering platform peep-toe booties. My favorite trend about this collection was that it could easily be taken from the runway to the street with little to no adjustments.
Indashio’s show at Style 360 gave us colors, prints, metallics, and Amber Rose…Along with the best looking male models in Mercedes Benz fashion week!
Another one of my favorite shows was that of former Project Runway contestant, Althea Harper, who previewed her collection at one of my favorite spots in NYC; The Red Bull Space downtown. In addition to a great show, Ms. Harper presented me with one of her beautiful designs to wear to the show. It was an honor, plus I must say I looked pretty fly. The collection was chic and I loved the use of diagonals to elongate the body. This presentation was 4 Season style Management approved!
Ohh yes! Designer MinnaK was FABULOUS. Her show was held at the Norwood and the designs were hot…. She also made a dress especially for me, which I wore to the Ivana Helsinki show (see below pictured with Richie Rich)
Last but not least, was one of 4 Seasons favorites; designer Ivana Helsinki, whom we actually used in the launch of our firm back in August. The collection was titled “Where The F*ck is My Sailor?” and as you probably guessed, it was nautical inspired. All in all it was a great show, with great friends and great fashions!
So there you have it, Fashion Week 2010 in my own words.
Until next time…
WNBA All Star Cappie Pondexter and Entertainers 4 Education join forces
Cappie Pondexter pledges her time to the “I Will Graduate America” Campaign
PRLog (Press Release) – Sep 21, 2010 – WNBA Player Cappie Pondexter and NY’s local non-profit Entertainers 4 Education Alliance have joined forces in support to educate local students on the opportunities available to them after graduation and why graduating from high school is so important.
E4EA’s “I Will Graduate America” campaign is a national call to action for students, parents, and the entire community to increase educational achievement in our youth.
The announcement which was made early this month utilizes the power of celebrities, musicians, sports figures and high profile individuals to promote positive messages to young people about the importance of education, personal advancement and social commitment. Throughout the campaign Pondexter plans to create awareness, influence attitudes, behaviors, and empower young people to succeed and value education. Pondexter will follow in the footsteps of the organization’s host committee which includes business mogul and philanthropist Russell Simmons, NBA Legend John Starks, Actor and R&B singer Tyrese Gibson, TV & Radio personality Sway Calloway and NY Jets Outside Linebacker Calvin Pace.
Cappie Pondexter who is an American professional basketball player in the WNBA, currently playing for New York Liberty is best known for her scrappy play, quick crossovers and deadly midrange jump shots. Pondexter attended Rutgers University and led them to a back-to-back Big East Championships in 2005 and 2006 and took home several awards, including the 2006 Women’s Basketball News Service National Player of the year, the western conference WNBA All Star, WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player, and the WNBA champion. During the 2009 WNBA season Pondexter became the first player in WNBA history to win 3 consecutive Western Conference Player of the week awards. On the international stage, Pondexter won gold medals with the USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Off the court Pondexter runs 4 Season Style Management which she started with partner Lisa Smith Craig. 4 Season Style provides fashion and image consulting to not only professional athletes, but all kinds of clients helping them shop and to develop their images.
Entertainers 4 Education Alliance, which is a 501c3 non-profit organization, believes that every student deserves a quality education. E4EA is committed to strengthening our communities by lowering the alarmingly high dropout rate in America’s schools. Last year E4EA was awarded a proclamation by NYC Mayor R. Bloomberg for outstanding service.
E4EA wants ONE MILLION students each year to pledge that they will graduate High School and pursue higher education. “We want parents and the community to support students in obtaining a high school diploma and college degree, Our goal is to provide a powerful message to students about the importance of education.”
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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.
“Cappie’s got some issues, physical. Wasn’t here either day, obviously,” he said. “She’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.”
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
Fans began tweeting their support of Pondexter’s decision after she began posting her viewpoint: