Swin Cash Embraces New York

Three time WNBA champion Swin Cash discusses making a playoff push and looks forward to the final chapter of her career ending in New York, hopefully with a championship.

How did the trade to bring you to New York come about?
I really found out day of. I knew New York was interested in me in the beginning of the season before I moved from Chicago to Atlanta. Fast-forward to now, my agent called me and said, Im hearing stuff. I knew it was a possibility and I was ready for anything. I was watching a WNBA game on Live Access when I got the call from Angela Taylor and the New York Liberty. I was told New York needed me there the next day. I got into the city and immediately joined the team without any practice. I went straight to shoot-around and played a game with the Liberty. It moved fast I had settled in with Atlanta, took on my role with that team and I didnt ask to leave; it wasnt that kind of a thing. Leaving Atlanta was hard because of the relationships I built with my teammates, especially the younger players. But Im a person of faith and believe things happen for a reason.

What were your first thoughts when you heard you would were going to be reunited with Bill Laimbeer?
(Laughs) Here we go again. That was the easy part. I knew I would have someone familiar to be with. No adaptations needed. We know how to handle each other. We had a private conversation before I came.

Is everything cool between you and Bill Laimbeer?
Things happened in the past. I wrote about it in my book. We talked about it and weve moved on; weve grown. We had to move on. Were two people working it out.

What did Bill Laimbeer tell you he wants from you in New York?
Im used to being in that role of stability. I understand how to win. I understand the things that need to happen in practice in order for the team to win. I can bring that. Bill has let me know from A-to-Z his expectations. This team is in a dogfight to make the playoffs. We need to make our move now, we cant wait until the end and hope other teams lose; we have to take it now.

Youve been a part of three WNBA championship teams. What does it take for a team to be championship caliber?
It takes mental toughness. Talented teams need to have chemistry and toughness in order to fight and win one. I take mental toughness personal. I dont associate myself with the word fragile. Toughness means executing when tired or rallying against a run.

How has your role changed as you transition from the Atlanta Dream to the New York Liberty?
In Atlanta I wasnt going to play significant minutes. I was helping younger players come along. We had the firepower; I would focus on the little things. In New York we need to score, we need transition points, we need to be aggressive and attack the basket. I can help get us back to that mentality. Ill need to be a threat every time Im on the court, whether Im on offense or on defense. Theres a laundry list, but Im excited about it.

What do you want to accomplish with the New York Liberty?
People will never remember your stats or your MVP award; people will remember your trophies. What better place than to fight and win in than New York? Im excited to be a part of something special and for me I believe this will be the last stop of my journey. I even went back to wearing number 32 because my mom said to me, You need to end it where it began.