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Monday, June 3, 2013
Where there's smoke...

By Kelsey Bone

Kelsey Bone
Kelsey Bone set off the fire alarm at her apartment, prompting Bill Laimbeer to say: "Rookies will be rookies."

The past month has been a whirlwind for me. I graduated from college and was drafted and made a WNBA team -- the New York Liberty. I have done things most people only dream about. Through it all, I have had the pleasure of being around a really great group of people who have helped me adjust to my new home.

My first few days in my new apartment were rather interesting. One morning after practice I came home to make breakfast. I turned on my oven, then went in the other room until I began to smell smoke. When I walked back into my kitchen smoke was everywhere. I stayed calm and opened all the windows. Well that didn't work, because the smoke alarm began to go off. I still didn't panic, so I decided to open my front door ... BIG MISTAKE! After opening my front door I set off the entire building’s fire alarm and everyone had to evacuate.

Upon evacuating I went outside and tried my best to blend in with the crowd. I thought I was off the hook once everyone was cleared to go back in. Boy was I wrong. The heads of MSG had been notified of my debacle and emailed Coach Laimbeer. When I got to practice that afternoon coach read the email to the entire team :(. In the email I found out that Coach Woodson's (Knicks head coach) wife had to evacuate in her bath robe. Talk about embarrassing. Coach got a good laugh out of my little situation and said: "Rookies will be rookies."

Training camp was a really good experience for me. Having the opportunity to work with the likes of Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Barbara Farris, Teresa Weatherspoon, Tamika Whitmore, and the infamous Bill Laimbeer all at once was priceless. To have all of that knowledge in the gym at the same time is something I wish all ball players could experience. Add in Plenette Pierson, Kara Braxton and Cheryl Ford and my rookie experience has been all about learning. Being around individuals who have won championships at this level brings a different aura to practices. One thing I can say for sure is practice is far more physical than games. My teammates have welcomed me with open arms and have helped guide me. Katie Smith and Cappie Pondexter have really helped me communicate and understand the game at this level.

I am real anxious to see how things work out for us this year. With Coach Laimbeer's brilliance and all of us buying in and believing, this is sure to be a fun season.

We got a good taste of the fun that’s in store with an exciting home opener against Tulsa. The energy level at Prudential Center was through the roof. The game had all the elements of a big time matchup ... there were celebrity sightings, an overtime thriller and even a game-winning shot. One of my favorite rappers, Jay-Z was in attendance, and so was Knicks star guard Iman Shumpert. You could feel the excitement from all the Liberty fans, the place was rocking!