BasketballLiberty Loses It’s Essence, Carson Signs With LA Sparks by Staff Post April 1, 2016 Essence Carson (Photo by Catalina Fragoso – Double G Media) The news came as a shock to New York basketball. Essence Carson, the seventh best scorer in Liberty history, is gone.The city girl from Paterson, New Jersey was a New York fixture. She played her college ball at Rutgers and all eight of her professional seasons in the WNBA with the New York Liberty.The Los Angeles Sparks suddenly found themselves with a need at the guard spot when their new acquisition, Riquna Williams, ruptured her left achilles yesterday in Abu Dhabi. Carson, a free agent, who had not been locked up by the Liberty, saw an opportunity.“After spending my entire career in New York City, I felt this change was needed,” Essence responded. “Competing for a championship with an opportunity to contribute are my priorities and Los Angeles fit the bill.”Essence was drafted seventh overall by the Liberty in 2008 and was one of the major reasons New York qualified for three Eastern Conference Finals during that stretch. She was named an All-Star in 2011. But it was her WNBA community work that showed the deeply human side of this athletic marvel which garnered her two awards from State Farm, the second last season which was personally witnessed by this reporter at the Hospital for Special Surgeries.This place is significant because it represented the frustration of that June day in 2013 when she tore her anterior cruciate ligament. It took nearly two years for her to regain her previous form and the Liberty, minus a player who could score and create her own shots was never replaced adequately.The return of her old skills and leadership in the locker room helped the Liberty to a remarkable season which saw them fall one game short of the WNBA Finals. Los Angeles coach Brian Agler was pleased to find a veteran all-around talent in Carson available at all. It didn’t hurt that Essence is tearing up the Turkish League to the tune of 14.5 points a game for Canik Belediyesi.“She is playing well and I have always appreciated her ability to play the game with consistency, competitiveness, and toughness,” Agler noted. “She will boost our efficiency at both ends of the court.”For the Liberty, it appears they are a step behind as they have lost Candice Wiggins to retirement and now lose a major piece in Carson, still only 29. Team President Isiah Thomas is going to have to get creative to fill this hole that limits their depth and experience and in a word, essence, which may come back to haunt them in 2016.For this observer, fans, and teammates, we also lost a friend. Post Views: 2,178The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest PostsStaff PostLatest posts by Staff Post (see all) In The Zone Announces Initial Podcast Lineup - November 13, 2020 The Essential Resources You Need to Start Your Own Gym in 2020 - February 6, 2020 Wilder vs Fury II – How the second fight will be different to the first? - February 5, 2020 Early turnovers, defensive struggles plague the Scarlet Knights - January 26, 2020 Related TopicsEssence CarsonLos Angeles SparksNew York LibertyRutgersWNBA Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Newsletter SubscriptionCan't Miss Posts! The Most Catastrophic Boat Trip Since the Titanic; the New York Giants by John Venezia | posted on October 4, 2020 MetLife Stadium to host Army-Navy Game in 2021 by Kelly Lynn | posted on August 23, 2017 From Paramus High School to CBS Sports, Spero Dedes is making waves in sports broadcasting by Sunil Sunder Raj | posted on October 27, 2020 Women in Sports: NHL Network Host, Jackie Redmond by Nicholas Durst | posted on March 4, 2019 No Shame in Their Game – Female Mixed Martial Artists Use Onlyfans to Make Money by Brandon Berrios | posted on December 4, 2020More in Basketball You Know I’m Right, Episode 111: New York Giants’ Insider John Schmeelk (Audio/Video)On the 111th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 107: New York Post’s Columnist Mike Vaccaro (Audio/Video)On the 107th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 97: SNY’s Michelle Margaux (Audio/Video)On the 97th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined SNY’s... WNBA Rolling Out Red Carpet For Upcoming 25th Anniversary SeasonThe WNBA’s 25th season also marks the debut of the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup. Knicks Fall as Ewing Drops Hints and Jackson Vacays Full Court Press: Final Four & More….