Liberty Lose Kamiko And Other Setbacks
The New York Liberty suddenly are very short at point guard. The team waived Jerica Coley, a rookie guard recently. They are without the services of Leilani Mitchell, who passed on this season to pursue opportunities in Australia, among them playing with the Australian basketball team. And now, Kamiko Williams tore her right ACL, and will miss the 2014 season as a result.
This brings back bad memories of last season when the Liberty lost Essence Carson to a similar injury which cost her a season as well.
Kamiko, a second round pick in 2013, struggled with growing pains in her first season and often frustrated the coaching staff with her youthful mistakes and failing to show the potential she displayed in college. However, there were hints of excellence at points and she followed this with a strong season overseas with Elitzur Maclaren Holon of the Israeli League. Kamiko put up big numbers averaging 15.8 points and 8.1 rebounds. Now, after suffering the injury in training camp, the Liberty find themselves short again of points.
The youth of the Liberty really was on the mind of head coach Bill Laimbeer, and not in a good way, as New York opened their pre-season schedule against Connecticut without their big gunners and were crushed 60-44. The 13 points in one half particularly galled Laimbeer.
“I’m playing alot of young players and there is a tremendous amount of game slippage from practice to the game right now but we need to overcome that.” Laimbeer fumed.
Needless to say, there is alot to shore up offensively but alot of that should be cured once Cappie Pondexter, Essence, and Tina Charles arrive for their first games