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Liberty Report: Moving Forward

by Sean Hahner, Sam Torres Jr

Sean Hahner : WFUV Sports

Maddie the mascot’s birthday was not the only reason to celebrate this Sunday for the New York Liberty (5-10). The team, who had just lost a close game on Friday against Chicago 73-69, bounced back and beat the Connecticut Sun 67-65 in another tight one. 

Liberty Report: Hodgepodge

by James Decker

James Decker/WFUV Sports

The Liberty are in the midst of a critical five-game homestand, in which they hope to turn around what has been a poor start to the season. Coach Bill Laimbeer and the entire Liberty team had obvious frustration after Friday night’s 73-69 loss to the Chicago Sky. Laimbeer said at the conclusion of the press conference that this defeat was “a tough one to take.” New York was outscored 50-37 in the first half, and despite a second half run, were unable to complete the comeback. This loss put the Liberty at 4-11, last place in the Eastern Conference.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo, brother of Giannis, Drafted by the Knicks

by Kenny Ducey

Kenny Ducey/WFUV Sports

Thanasis Antetokounmpo was selected by the New York Knicks late in the 2nd Round of Thursday's Draft, and emerged from section 25 at the Barclays Center to walk on stage. He spoke to media shortly after, and expressed his gratitude towards the team for trusting in him, and his desire to give it all he's got to try and make the team. Hear what he had to say below.

Doug McDermott Speaks on Eventful Draft Night

by Kenny Ducey

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After being taken by the Denver Nuggets with the 11th pick, former Creighton F Doug McDermott was traded to the Chicago Bulls for the 16th and 19th picks in this year's NBA Draft. After almost two hours of sorting things out, McDermott spoke to the media about some advice he's gotten from Kyle Korver, and what he likes about the Bulls.

Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker discuss Versatility, Each Other

by Kenny Ducey

Kenny Ducey/WFUV Sports

Andrew Wiggins became the 11th international player to be drafted 1st overall when he went to the Cleveland Cavaliers to begin the 2014 NBA Draft. It also marks two consecutive years a Canadian player has gone atop the draft board. Jabari Parker followed Wiggins, and became the third Duke player to go in that slot, and the first since Jay Williams in 2002.

Both Wiggins and Parker commented on the competition between each of them at the top of the Draft, as well as where they might fit on their respective teams.

Bill Self Projects Wiggins, Parker as All-Stars

by Kenny Ducey

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While roaming the hallways of the Barclays Center, Bill Self was stopped for a few moments to answer some questions about two former Kansas Jayhawks - #1 Overall Pick in this year's NBA Draft Andrew Wiggins, and Joel Embiid, who went 3rd Overall to Philadelphia. Take a listen to how Self thinks they'll fare in the league.

Liberty Report: Making Moves

by Sean Hahner

Sean Hahner : WFUV Sports 

After a rough five-game losing streak, the Liberty (4-10) secured a win over the Atlanta Dream on June 22nd by a final score of 85-78. The Dream, who currently sit in first place in the Eastern Conference, were unable to take back-to-back wins against New York.