New York Liberty co-owner Clara Wu Tsai has one thing on her mind when it comes to making the team great: investment.
Tsai sat down with YES Network to talk the Brooklyn Nets, Jay-Z and the Liberty, where she emphasized the importance of providing the same level of investment in the Liberty as their NBA counterparts.
Clara Wu Tsai, Co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, New York Liberty, and Barclays Center, sits down with @Grady to talk the Nets, Jay-Z, the Liberty, and more. ⬇️#NETSonYES pic.twitter.com/gg6tAFCSFc— YES Network (@YESNetwork) November 28, 2021
Clara Wu Tsai, Co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, New York Liberty, and Barclays Center, sits down with @Grady to talk the Nets, Jay-Z, the Liberty, and more. ⬇️#NETSonYES pic.twitter.com/gg6tAFCSFc
“We’re gonna invest in the New York LIberty the same way that we invest in our NBA team,” she told Michael Grady. “The first thing we did when we bought the team was to move them to Barclays Center. Because they were playing in a little community gym in Westchester. We brought them here because we know that these women deserve to play in an international arena like this. We certainly intend to have them be playing in front of a full house.”
Tsai then pointed to all of the strides the Liberty made this year both on and off the court.
“This year, we had Michaela Onyenwere, she was the rookie of the year for the league,” she said. “We had an all-star in Betnijah Laney. We had our first playoff appearance since 2017. And then Sabrina Ionescu, her jersey was the highest-selling jersey in the entire league.
“So we look forward to more playoff appearances. More championship runs. The future is really bright for that team.”
Things could get even brighter for the Liberty as they look to build on their recent success. In addition to all of the above-mentioned players, Asia Durr — who was the No. 2 overall pick for the Liberty in 2019 — has been cleared to play again after missing the past two seasons due to COVID-19.