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Hizni Altunkaya challenges 2-division World Champion Beibut Shumenov for Vacant WBA Cruiserweight World title

World Boxing Association (WBA) No. 3-rated cruiserweight Hizni “The Warrior” Altunkaya (30-1, 17 KOs) isn’t concerned about hitting the road to fight local hero and two-division World Boxing Association (WBA) World Champion, Beibut Shumenov, for the vacant WBA World cruiserweight title, July 7 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

A 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, Shumenov (17-2, 11 KOs) retired a year ago due to an eye injury that required surgeries, forcing him to relinquish his WBA cruiserweight world title. Shumenov has fully recovered and he’s on a mission to recapture his WBA world cruiserweight title.

Shumenov vs. Altunkaya is a presentation of Shumenov’s company, KZ Event Productions, Inc. The July 7th gala event will be part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Astana being the capital of Kazakhstan. Many political dignitaries from Kazakhstan and around the World are expected to attend Shumenov’s comeback fight, which will air nationally on Qazaqstan TV and QAZSPORT TV, as well as internationally, including BoxNation in the United Kingdom.

“I have no reservations about fighting Shumenov in his country,” 30-year-old Altunkaya said. “I believe that there will be a fair decision and the better fighter that evening will win. I will arrive in Kazakhstan with enough time for me to acclimate.

“I have great respect for what he has achieved. Shumenov has a lot of experience and he is a strong boxer. We are studying some fights to find his weaknesses. I think it will be, technologically, a good fight, in which both of us will take chances to get a knockout. I’m a boxer, but when I see the chance for a knockout, I can change my style. It will be a tough fight and I will do my best to go home as world champion.

Altunkaya, who was born in Turkey but now lives and fights out of fighting out of Germany, knocked out Mathias Reinhardt in the first round, on the Vitali Klitschko versus Shannon Briggs World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight World Championship card in 2010, at O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

In 2011, Altunkaya won a 12-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Salvatore Aiello (29-0) for the Interim World Boxing Federation (WBF) World cruiserweight crown. The gifted Turk captured the vacant Global Boxing Council (GBC) Intercontinental cruiserweight title in 2016, His pro loss happened last year, when he was stopped in round five by former World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight World champion Krzysztof Glowacki (26-1).

Shumenov has a tremendous quality experience advantage over Altunkaya, who did not box as an amateur. Although Altunkava has fought more pro rounds than Shumenov, 147-140, the chiseled Kazakh has fought 88 rounds in major world title fights compared to zero for his Turkish opponent.

“The fight against Glowacki was one of the most important experiences in my career,” Altunkaya added. “I know what I did wrong and I will not repeat those mistakes against Shumenov.”

Additional fights will soon be announced. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

INFORMATION:
www.BeibutShumenov.com

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New York Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles, 6.14

On how he would sum up mini-camp…
We got a lot of things accomplished mentally. Again, the chemistry is growing. I can’t wait to get to training camp. We finished the last two days on good notes and the guys are upbeat as they should be. They just have to come back healthy and ready to go.

On his overall impression of Teddy Bridgewater in the spring…
The biggest thing is that he was healthy and he was moving around and he fit right in with the other two, with Josh (McCown) and Sam (Darnold). He was throwing the ball well. He grasped the offense well. We will be excited to see him in training camp.

On if this was a “successful spring” for Darnold…
It was a learning spring. I don’t think anyone has success in the spring in a t-shirt and shorts. It was a process of learning for him that I thought was pretty good that will help him come training camp.

On Darnold grasping the offense and reading plays…
I think he understands it pretty well. But as you run plays and you make the mistakes, you learn from them. He learns from his mistakes very well. So from that standpoint, he did a pretty good job and the more he sees, the more comfortable he gets.

On if McCown will begin training camp as the starter…
Josh will start come training camp and we will see what happens at the end of training camp.

On if he has formulated how he will divide the reps for the quarterbacks during training camp…
Not at this time, but I have an idea. When I do, I will talk to Jeremy (Bates) over the summer and we will go from there.

On who the number two quarterback will be for camp…
Teddy will line up as number two. It will be no different from the spring going in. The competition will heat up because we are in pads and lot of things count.

On when he will reassess the quarterback rotation…
We will come up with a plan over the summer. Right now, I do not have that answer. As the summer goes forward and we formulate what we want to do, we will have that answer, but right now I don’t.

On if McCown will receive a reduced number of reps during training camp since he is familiar with the offense…
Again, we haven’t formulated a plan one way or the other yet. We will talk about it this summer and as we go forward, we will make those decisions.

On if it will be hard to get all three quarterbacks ready with the practice constraints…
Three guys are better than four guys. We will get those reps in pretty good and we will have set days and set plans where some will get more than others, but it will even out in the end and we will get to see what we need to see.

On players who surprised him during the offseason…
They moved around. Leonard Williams came back in a lot better shape than he was last year. Again, it is the spring, but he moved around well and we liked some of the things he did. There were a lot of other guys, probably too many to mention, but again it is spring training. We will wait until the summer until these guys get evaluated in pads before we start putting guys on pedestals or making guys crash and burn.

On whether he can identify the players who have most improved from last offseason to this point…
There are some improved from a lifting standpoint and a running and conditioning standpoint. From a football standpoint, it remains to be seen right now.

On his preference for Lawrence Thomas’ weight and whether Thomas is currently at his listed weight of 280…
I would want him at 281 (joking, laughing).

On Thomas’ current weight…
280.5, he’s got another half-pound to go (joking, laughing).

On the honest answer of Thomas’ weight…
You want the honest answer. I’m not giving you his weight and nor are we going to discuss it. But, he’s fine, he was big when we put him there. And, he moved around well and we’re comfortable with him where he is. We’re not trying to make him lose anymore or gain anymore, he’s (a) good size and he moves well enough where he is.

On if it is tough for Thomas to earn a roster spot at fullback when initially earned a spot as a defensive lineman in 2016…
No, it’s not. He is still an emergency defensive lineman by trait. But, he was a fullback in college before he moved to defensive lineman and people are forgetting that. He blocked for Le’Veon Bell so it’s not a foreign position to him, he’s not just learning it, he’s played the position. We needed a guy back there. He was the best one on our roster to fit the bill and he ended up being pretty good at it. So, we kept him there.

On what Dimitri Flowers has to do to win the fullback job…
We have to see him in camp and see him play. We liked some of the things he did on film in college, and we bought him in for a reason. The good thing about this year is we’re like two or three deep from a competitive standpoint, more than we’ve ever been at more positions than we’ve ever had. It’s going to be a good training camp.

On running backs Coach Stump Mitchell comparing Eli McGuire’s skillset to LaDainian Tomlinson…
I think old school players and old school coaches compare new school guys to old school guys; and that’s what he did.

On if there is a comparison between McGuire and Tomlinson on a skill-set basis…
I never coached LaDainian. I know he’s legendary and we’ll see what Eli does. Eli is a good athlete. That’s a lot to live up to. But, he doesn’t have to live up LaDainian. He just has to live up to being Eli.

On entering camp with competition and depth at a number of positions…
It’s a good thing because can’t nobody take a break. We got guys that, obviously, it was a talent gap in between certain guys, but this is the closest it’s been since I’ve been here at a lot of positions. We expect it to be hot and heated come training camp.

On if he plans on making changes to his coaching approach…
I’ve made quite a few changes, none to speak of. You try to get better every year or see what you can do different or scale back or put in. You get input from everybody and you kind of see what’s around you and you come to those type of conclusion. I will continue to do that this summer and we will see what training camp brings.

On if he feels more comfortable now than his first year as head coach…
The thing in this job – your never comfortable. You kind of make do. I’m about the same from a comfortability standpoint.

On how this group compares to the roster last year during this point…
Unknown, remains to be seen. Everything on paper I don’t count. We have yet to put on pads at practice as a team. Roster-wise, you can have all the names and non-names you want until we come together with a chemistry standpoint as a team. Come training camp, it’s unknown and the jury is out.

On how much of a better coach he believes he is now than 2015…
Well, we get judged off wins and losses. So right now, I’m not a very good coach. Hopefully, we can win a lot of ball games and I can become a very good coach. But from that standpoint, you get judged so that’s really all you take it as. Anything else as far as the small things I’ve learned, you just try to apply it toward helping the team and go from there.

On injured players who will not be ready for training camp…
Still some unknowns, all of them can be ready depending on the time or they can miss a day or two or weeks. So it’s still unknown. It can change. I can sit here and tell you one thing and it changes into another. we’re just going to let it play out and see.

On if anyone other than Rontez Miles will miss significant amount of time…
Not to my knowledge, no.

On what has been bothering Jordan Jenkins and why he has been out…
He has a nicked-up shoulder.

On which shoulder…
I’m not elaborating anymore.

On if it is difficult transitioning from a veteran team to a younger team…
No, I don’t think it is because you treat them all the same from a teaching standpoint. The minute you start separating veterans from rookies and teaching them differently, you’ve lost some of your coaching edge. You treat them differently from a mental standpoint, but you teach them all the same as if they are just coming in. So that part has been pretty easy.

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Jets Debut All-Access Facebook Watch Series One Jets Drive: The Road to Training Camp

The New York Jets will debut their first-ever, all-access Facebook Watch Series on Tuesday, June 19.  One Jets Drive: The Road to Training Camp is a six-episode series that offers an inside look at the seven months between the end of the 2017 season and the beginning of the team’s 2018 Training Camp.

Airing every Tuesday through July 24, episodes will feature storylines chronicled by the Jets 360 Productions team. General Manager Mike Maccagnan will discuss his multiple plans in free agency and how a bold trade came together, while Head Coach Todd Bowles will elaborate on what he saw during a spring marked by competition and chemistry.

The in-depth access and interviews will bring fans closer to some of their favorite Jets and introduce new ones. Watch as defensive lineman Leonard Williams unlocks the doors to his home and shows how the “Big Cat” coexists with his pair of Cane Corsos, while the emerging safety tandem of Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye talk about what’s next in their sophomore seasons. New additions Trumaine Johnson and Avery Williamson discuss the free agency process and their moves to the Big Apple.

Quarterback Josh McCown reflects on his career and family from his home in North Carolina, while veteran offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum will show how he is trying to make a difference in his hometown community of Mexia, TX.  Rookie defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd shares his journey from working odd jobs in Canada to becoming a third-round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. And rookie quarterback Sam Darnold’s initial 24 hours as a Jet will be revealed for the first time.

Additional player features will include offensive linemen Brian Winters and Spencer Long, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as well as linebackers Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins. The series will also showcase the retirement celebration of Jets Legend Nick Mangold, the NFL schedule release and much more.

One Jets Drive: The Road to Training Camp will air exclusively on the Jets Facebook Watch page. In addition, series segments will be featured onnewyorkjets.com, the team’s official YouTube page and on Twitter.

The trailer for One Jets Drive: The Road to Training Camp can be seen here.

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New York Liberty falter against Aces, 78-63

New York Liberty. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

Tina Charles caught fire early, scoring 13 of the New York Liberty’s first 17 points as the hosts built a five-point lead early. A layup by the visiting Las Vegas Aces with a minute and a half left in the first quarter provided a 20-19 lead, they would fail to surrender the duration of the contest before settling upon a 78-63 final Wednesday evening at the Westchester County Center.

 

Despite the hot start from Charles, the Liberty (3-5) mustered just 33 points in the first half, a season-low. The offensive woes continued into the second half, as New York scored just 30 after the break. Their 63 points for the game marked their coldest offensive performance of the year.

 

The Liberty were unable to match its three-point barrage from a game ago, connecting on just four of their 24 attempts from deep tonight.

 

Head coach Katie Smith mentioned those struggles while highlighting her team’s defensive efforts. “We held them to 78 points, which going into the ball game I would’ve been happy with. They’re a high scoring team but we could just not get any momentum on the offensive end.”

 

The Liberty not only struggled to score on live ball opportunities but struggled at the stripe as well. While the Aces went 15-of-20 from the free-throw line, the hosts earned six trips, converting three.

 

Center Kiah Stokes (left foot) and guard Epiphanny Prince (concussion) graced the hardwood after nursing their respective injuries. Prince scored three points in her seven-minutes production.

 

Shavonte Zellous commented on having a completely healthy roster for the first time this season. “It means a lot to have Prince and Stokes back in the lineup. If everyone can stay healthy, then you can see the depth that we have. We just have to continue to get better each and every day.”

 

The Liberty hosted its annual Garden of Dreams night featuring a variety of special guest performances. The foundation’s mission is to provide unforgettable experiences for children facing obstacles.

 

This contest marked the end of a four-game homestand for the Liberty. They head to Minnesota on Saturday, June 16, to take on the Lynx for the second time this season. The matchup is set to start at 8 p.m. (ET) at the Target Center.

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New York Jets Transcript – Head Coach Todd Bowles, 6.13

On “testiness” at today’s practice…
We had some guys probably unanimous all-trash talking team in shorts and t-shirts. They make it every year. It’s no different today.

On who is the captain of that team (all-trash talking team)…
It’s a pick‘em every week. We have about seven or eight of them, but I’ll leave the names out it for now.

On whether most of the trash talking occurs on the defensive side of the ball…
No, we have them on both sides definitely, coaches included.

On if it bothers him when a player touches the quarterback…
We should not touch the quarterback.

On if there is a fine line with touching the quarterback because defensive players are trying to execute their assignments…
There is no fine line. We do not touch the quarterback in shorts and t-shirts, ever.

On if he likes that players are trash talking…
It’s spirited, it’s fine, it’s a part of football, it’s been trashing talking for years so you get used to it. As long as they know what they are doing, they can talk as much as they want. If they don’t (know what they’re doing), they probably need to shut up.

On if he will talk to Leonard Williams about touching the quarterback…
We talked about it. It was handled on the field. It’s not a big deal. It doesn’t carry over. And he wasn’t the only one.

On how confident he is that Robby Anderson his put the off the field issues behind him…
Time will tell. I mean you can get to be a better person. He’s got to be consistent at it and he is working at it. So we go from there.

On if this is Anderson’s “last strike”…
We typically don’t talk about player incidents. We handle all of that in-house and any decision that have to be made, we will discuss that upstairs before I ever do anything with the media.

On if three incidents by Anderson is “pushing it”…
One incident is pushing it, but every incident is different obviously. I’ve seen people have quite a few. We handle things in house. We’re confident in the way we handle things. We’re confident in Robby abilities and the person he is and we have talked to him. So we put that to bed on our end and we’ll go from there.

On Darnold’s practice today…
He made some good throws. Again, it is two-hand touch. He made some good throws and he is learning some things. It is a process. He is throwing the ball well. He is learning every day. He is gaining confidence as is Teddy (Bridgewater) and Josh (McCown), and we just keep it moving. We just want him to play fast once training camp comes, so (he is) taking in a lot right now and he is handling it well.

On if he would like to see the defense produce more interceptions…
Turnovers are important. It is minicamp. They need to come down with them in the fall, not right now in the summer. They are getting their hands on balls. They just have to make the plays and that is what we are practicing right now.

On where Darnold measures up compared to when the team evaluated him prior to the draft…
He is right where we thought he was. Obviously, putting in installs every day, he is going to be learning. He is going to be learning when he gets to training camp, but he applies it well, he rarely makes the same mistake twice and we are pleased with where he is.

On the importance of the relationship between the offensive coordinator and the quarterback…
It is huge because they talk to each other all the time. They’ve got to have continuity. They’ve got to be in-sync. One has to know what the other one is thinking and we have three guys that Jeremy (Bates) is getting to know very well and they are all working at it.

On if playing fast is the biggest attribute Darnold can have heading into training camp…
For us it is. Obviously with the teaching part, he is behind the other guys because they had the phase one, two and OTAs as well. But when he came in, he was learning, trying to get up to speed and be on the same page so they all can compete.

On what is going to keep him up at night about the team heading into training camp…
I don’t think anything is going to keep me up on vacation, but when I come back, obviously, as you put your thoughts into it, you just worry about the chemistry of the team coming together. You know who the talents are and you know who can fit what role for the most part and there are some new guys you want to see in pads. You want to see if the guys out of pads show up in pads. That is really what you want to see, so that will be the biggest thing for me.

On the identity of the defense…
We don’t have one yet. We are still gelling and we are still blending. We don’t have an identity yet. We are working chemistry at some new pieces over there obviously with Avery (Williamson) and Trumaine (Johnson) and a couple of other guys. So, we don’t have one yet. We are trying to develop an identity. Until we get to camp and get the pads on and get through the everyday grind, we don’t have one yet.

On Coach Rodgers being able to coach his son…
Just looking at it from the outside in, I think it is great. It is great on one hand and when another coach is yelling at him, it is probably not great that you’re sitting there inside stewing, but they have a great relationship. I have known them for quite a while, since he was probably 12 or 13. Just to see them two together again, as a father, I’m sure you have to be proud. I can’t imagine because it is his son and himself, but I am sure they have nice dinner conversations.

On Jamal Adams returning punts in practice…
We had a little fun with him.

On if Adams returning punts could become a regular thing…
No.

On the 1987 Washington replacement players getting Super Bowl rings…
I think it is great. At the time, it was my second year. When you are on strike and somebody has your job, obviously you want them to fail and you want to get back to work. So, back then they were a little hot-headed, I will have to say I was probably included in that. Over time as you move on in years, if they don’t win those three ball games, who knows what happens during that year. They worked hard for it, they earned it and I am happy they got them.

On if the Redskins would have won the NFC East if the replacements hadn’t beaten the Cowboys…
I have no idea. I don’t know what would have happened. They earned it. They were part of the team and they earned every right to have their ring. I am happy they got them.

On if Terrelle Pryor is on target to be ready for training camp…
No, he just got his boot removed.

On if having the boot off is better than Pryor still having the boot on…
That is a good assessment.

On if Pryor is trending forward…
He is trending forward. Yes, he is.

On if it is safe to assume that Pryor will be on the PUP list for training camp…
Not yet, we will see how his (injury) progress goes over the summer and we will deal with it when we come back. I can’t really tell you right now how he heals fast or slow, so we’re just going to take it week-by-week.

On his message to the team over the break…
Study, go over things they have learned here, make sure that they stay in shape and be in shape, stay out of trouble obviously and come back ready to work.

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Hall of Fame referee Steve Smoger successfully transitioned from amateur to pro boxing

Hall of Fame referee Steve “Double S” Smoger, arguably the most recognizable and respected official in boxing history, holds the unique distinction of officiating in more states and countries than any of his peers.

Smoger ranks among the top six all-time, No. 2 American, in terms of most pro boxing matches officiated (1015), including an incredible 220 world time matches. He has been a referee in some of the greatest boxing matches ever – Vernon ForrestShane Mosley, Bernard ForrestFelix Trinidad, Kelly PavlikJermain Taylor, Roy Jones, Jr.-Bernard Hopkins, Micky WardEmanuel Burton, Andre WardCarl Froch and Miguel CottoAntonio Margarito II among the most notable.

Also, Smoger has refereed matches featuring a Who’s Who of Boxing: Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Larry Holmes, Evander Holyfield. Roberto Duran, Hector Camacho Sr., James Toney, Mike McCallum, Vinny Paz, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Arturo Gatti, Felix Trinidad, Diego Corrales, Gennady Golovkin, Lucia Rijker, Christy Martin and so many others..

In addition to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Smoger has also been inducted into four other Hall of Fames in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

As a youngster, Smoger got hooked on boxing, primarily because his father was an “awesome fan”, who religiously watched the popular Friday night boxing series, Gillette Cavalcade of Sports, with his son. Steve’s father told him that boxing was the last version of will and skill, one-on-one, to determine the better man that night.

Smoger said he was too small to play football, too short for basketball, so he became a cross-country runner in high school. A friend invited Smoger to the local YMCA in New Jersey to get checkout its boxing program. Only one day working with a pro boxer was enough for Steve to realize that being a boxer wasn’t for him. But he still loved boxing.

After he started refereeing amateur matches in southern New Jersey and Delaware, Smoger got the break of his life that dramatically changed his life. “Everything in life is timing,” Smoger explained. “The gentleman who gave George Foreman the small American Flag that he proudly waved after winning a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics, Pat Duffy, opened a gym in southern Jersey. I told him that I wanted to train as a referee. I trained under the great Frank Cappuccino and then had to honor to train with Zach Clayton. He trained to music so referees moved without being herky-jerky. In 1978, I started officiating then-AAU boxing and worked out of the Atlantic City PAL gym, which remains a vibrant amateur boxing club. I’m still there 40 years later, serving on its Board of Directors, and I’m also its legal counsel.

“Then, the boxing gods shined on me. Casinos were coming to Atlantic City in 1978 and boxing was involved at all the casinos there. I was the district attorney in Atlantic City, so after work I went to the PAL gym to workout with the kids. One day, the phone rang in the gym. Nobody else was there, so I answered. It was the New Jersey Boxing Commissioner, ‘Jersey’ Joe Walcott, who asked me who was in charge. I said that, at that time, I was in charge. He said there was a pro show that night and they were short of inspectors. He said that they need somebody to watch the hand wrapping. I told him I was well versed in hand wrapping and that was it, I was hired to work that show and they gave me the royal treatment.”

“Walcott’s chief second was Chief Roy Johnson, who Walcott brought into the state commission. He hired me in 1982 as a probationary referee. Two years later, I was a licensed referee and, as they say, the rest is history.”

Today, Smoger is still a very active referee, traveling around the world to officiate, as well as co-chairman of the International Boxing Association (IBA) officials, and a valued USA Boxing Alumni Association advisor. Steve has made several appearances at Alumni Association gatherings across the country.

“I am honored to be the ‘unofficial’ representative of all officials who’ve made the transition from amateur to pro boxing,” Smoger commented. “I’m the only active referee (Alumni Association advisor) who made the transition from the amateur to the pro level.

“The accent has always been No. 1, on boxers, and No. 2, coaches. USA Boxing is the best group I’ve ever been associated with and, for me personally, I’ve seen what amateur boxing does for kids in this country. They learn under difficult circumstances, through boxing, to successfully reach different levels in life. I enjoy watching the development of youths who go through the USA Boxing program and do very well.

“Boxing enables boxers. My accent is on youths, to watch them grow and develop, not turn pro, to better their lives.”

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Knicks’ Kornet, Williams Take in Liberty Game; Talk WNBA

As G-League call ups, New York Knicks power forward Luke Kornet and guard Troy Williams  are no strangers to the Westchester County Center, home to both the New York Liberty and the New York Knicks G-League affiliate Westchester Knicks. And still, Sunday’s packed crowd in attendance to cheer on the Liberty until the final buzzer sealed a nail biting 78-75 victory over the Indiana Fever impressed the Knicks teammates. Williams, attending his first Liberty game, admired the lively atmosphere of enthusiastic fans.

 

Kornet showed love to the Westchester County Center for contributing to his development. The fond memories made Kornet’s return a positive one. “I had a great year [as a Westchester Knicks player]. I’m always excited to be back.”

 

Most exciting of all for Kornet and Williams? Witnessing the tough play on the court. “It’s competitive and everyone is playing hard,” praised Kornet. Williams agreed adding, “They put in the same work that we put in – the same blood, sweat, and tears – to get to this point.”

 

An intense fourth quarter included clutch playmaking on both ends of the floor – blocks, steals, big time three-pointers by Williams’ childhood friend Sugar Rogers, and game-winning shot maker Marissa Coleman.

 

The thrilling finish down the stretch led to a newly engaged Kornet anticipating the start of the 2018-2019 season, despite the NBA season ending less than a week ago. “Can’t wait to get back on the court, especially with the new staff we have.”

 

That new staff he speaks of? New head coach David Fizdale.

 

Williams, who played for Fizdale during his rookie season in Memphis, is excited to reunite with the two-time NBA champion coach. Williams had this to say about Fizdale’s strengths, “not only does he motivate you on the court, but he motivates you in ways that makes you mentally strong.”

 

Until then, when they’re not taking in Liberty games, Kornet and Williams are motivated to do whatever’s necessary to take the Knicks to the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-2013 season. While Kornet is focused on improving his shooting and training with guard Frank Ntilikina, Williams aims to build his game all around and specifically, “add more of a jumpshot and reduce turnovers.”

 

The New York Liberty (3-4) return to action tonight, June 13 against former head coach Bill Laimbeer and Las Vegas Aces (2-7). Watch live on ESPN3 and MSG+ at 7 p.m. ET.

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