Our assistant coach interviews continue today with the New York Liberty’s Monique Ambers

June 14, 2011 9:30am

If you have been following our site, then you have seen a number of assistant coach interviews. The latest in our series of interviews comes from New York assistant coach Monique Ambers ahead of today’s game against the Atlanta Dream. Coach Ambers rejoins head coach John Whisenant this season after coaching with him in Sacramento where the Monarchs won the 2005 WNBA Championship and were the 2006 finalists.

New York beat Atlanta on June 5th 94-88 in overtime. Pierson led the Liberty with a game high 25 points on 11-17 shooting, while Pondexter dished out 11 assists.


On adjusting to a new coach and GM

“The team will definitely go through a learning curve in the early part of the season, but they have been really receptive to the transition.”


On the identity of this year’s Liberty team

“Our identity will always be defense first, which should lead us to running more on offense but defense is what will we emphasize.”


On whether the losses of Taj and Janel might change coach Whisenant’s philosophy and how might that impact their inside presence

“Any team coached by Coach Whisenant will be a defensive minded team. It’s his staple as a coach.”

“I think the post players that we have will surprise everyone in their contributions to the team this year. I am excited with the energy and the effort I have seen so far.”


On the impact the 3 rookies can have

“I believe they will each make an impact in their own way. Each player plays a different position and has different strengths. I look forward to watching them all grow as players throughout the season.”


On some players that will surprise Liberty fans

“I think both Essence Carson and Kia Vaughn will be able to flourish in the new defensive system we have.”


On the Liberty’s top defenders

“Essence Carson for perimeter defender, Plenette Pierson for interior defender”


On the Liberty’s expectations and the Eastern conference race

“I think the sky is the limit for the Liberty. As far as the teams to beat in the East, I think Atlanta being the defending Eastern Conference Champs, and Indiana going to the Finals two years ago make both of them teams to beat in the East.”

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