"It was continuing of what we started last year," Liberty president Isiah Thomas said. "We were hoping for everyone to understand the universal voice that sport has bringing people together to discuss hard issues."
"The training camp offers a unique opportunity for the New York Liberty to evaluate the top prospects for what appears to be exceptionally deep 2018 and 2019 draft classes," Thomas told The Associated Press in an email. "I want to commend USA Basketball for putting together a competitive program, providing the players with an opportunity to showcase their talents. It was a priority for our organization to be on site and see firsthand the future superstars of the WNBA competing at the highest level, and we considered it to be a critical part of our process in planning for the draft."