The Players’ Tribune presents “We Are: New York Liberty,” an immersive look inside the WNBA powerhouse team in the East. Through documentary video series, first-person narratives, photo diaries and travelogues, we give a voice to each player as the Liberty fight for the No. 1 overall playoff seed, and ultimately, a WNBA championship. ​​

NY Liberty versus theWashington Mystics  on September 20, 2015 in the second game of the first round of the playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Liberty won 86 - 68.  (Photo by Annie Flanagan for The Players Tribune)

The Way In

People say that for kids like me — a kid from the projects — that basketball was a way out. But for me, it was always my way in.

ATHLETENAME of the New York Liberty, on DATE, 2015, in San Antonio, TX. (Photo by Annie Flanagan/The Players Tribune)

Dedication

It seemed fated that Liberty University graduate Avery Warley-Talbert would find her professional home with the WNBA's New York Liberty.

The NY Liberty take on the Indiana Fever at Madison Square Garden in third game in the second round of the play offs. The Liberty lost 66 to 51. (Photo by Annie Flanagan/The Players Tribune)

Round Two

The Liberty did something they've never done before: maintained the league's best record during the regular season. Despite elimination, that achievement still burns bright.

NY Liberty player, Essence Carson, at home before the game against the Minnesota Lynx at Maddison Square Garden in New York City on August 28, 2015. The Liberty won 81 to 68. (Photo by Annie Flanagan/The Players Tribune)

In Essence

From the Garden State to the Garden, Essence Carson's grit and ever-cool have anchored the New York Liberty since she was drafted No. 7 overall in 2008.

NY Liberty versus theWashington Mystics  on September 20, 2015 in the second game of the first round of the playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Liberty won 86 - 68.  (Photo by Annie Flanagan for The Players Tribune)

The Glue

As director of player performance for the New York Liberty, Laura Ramus is "the selfless glue" — as many players credit her — of the team. She's the best at what she does so the players can be the best…

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Round One

The Liberty have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they face the Indiana Fever. The Players' Tribune was there to document every moment of a thrilling first round. This is playoff basketball.

NY Liberty versus theWashington Mystics  on September 11, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Liberty lost 55 to 82.  (Photo by Annie Flanagan for The Players Tribune)

New York Royalty

From embattled Brooklyn to the glory of the Garden, Epiphanny Prince is New York. The Players' Tribune documented Prince's city life and the young ones inspired by her own shine.

The NY Liberty playing Atlanta at Madison Square Garden. The liberty won in overtime 80 to 75.  (Photo by Annie Flanagan/The Players Tribune)

Growing Up

When I first meet people or go to a new place, I stay low. I like to observe things. Or maybe I’m just shy.

NY Liberty versus theWashington Mystics  on September 11, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Liberty lost 55 to 82.  (Photo by Annie Flanagan for The Players Tribune)

On the Run

The New York Liberty's last home game of their record-setting regular season came in a crushing loss to the Washington Mystics, whom they'll face in the first round of the WNBA playoffs.

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1440: New York Liberty (Episode Three)

In the third episode of 1440, the New York Liberty wrap up their record-setting regular season. Planes. Buses. Hotels. This is the true life of a professional athlete. But they've reached one end and a new beginning: a championship run.

TULSA, OK - JUNE 26:  Skylar Diggins #4 of the Tulsa Shock drives to the basket against Candice Wiggins #2 of the New York Liberty on June 26, 2015 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Shane Bevel/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Five Toughest Players I’ve Ever Guarded

My whole career, coming up, everyone saw me as an offensive player. But defense is something that, my whole career, I’ve taken pride in. I have always been defensive-minded. Here are the five toughest players I’ve ever guarded.

The NY Liberty playing Atlanta at Madison Square Garden. The liberty won in overtime 80 to 75.  (Photo by Annie Flanagan/The Players Tribune)

Full Court

With a playoff berth secured, the New York Liberty headed into September with three East matchups: Connecticut, Atlanta and Chicago. The Players' Tribune documented the entire series, from hotels, to locker rooms, to game-time action.