“When I first got drafted there, we already had Nerlens (Noel) there, Joel (Embiid) was there, so we’re trying to have three starting centers on the same team,” Okafor said Monday at his introductory news conference.
“It just never really was the right fit.”
Although there was a logjam blocking Okafor in Philly, he is expected to be heavily involved with the Nets moving forward.
Okafor also has to address his off the court issues that have generate some bad press for the young forward including a speeding ticket for driving 108 miles per hour and was suspended two games by the Sixers for an altercation outside of a Boston nightclub with a heckler.
“Speeding obviously is illegal,” Okafor said. “I know that’s not what you’re supposed to do. I guess you just learn how the page can turn on you and how everything can flip. I can’t really say I learned anything, because you know going in that’s not right. You just learn from your mistakes, but (it was) a tough thing that I went through, I got past, and I’m looking to better times now.”
Okafor is looking forward to playing alongside Nets’ guard D’Angelo Russell. Russell, like Okafor, had some issues with his former team, in Russell’s case, the Los Angeles Lakers.
“We’re just very excited to get on the court together,” Okafor said. “You never would’ve thought the number two and number three picks would be playing on the same team a few years after, but like I said, everything happens for a reason and I’m really excited.”
“I feel like we’re similar in that we have a lot to prove,” Okafor said. “I know he’s working his (butt) off as well. Right now he’s rehabbing, trying to get back on the court. I think we both have a chip on our shoulder and we have a lot to prove. We’re definitely similar in that regard.”
Okafor knows that there is a lot of work ahead but is eager to get things rolling in Brooklyn.
“I’m not a perfect player,” Okafor said. “I’m 21. There are things that I need to work on, that I have worked on and that I’ll continue to work on.”
“I feel really motivated right now, but I’ve always been motivated,” Okafor said. “This is the first time where people are against me in a sense because I’ve always been the hyped-up guy. It’s something new for me to experience, so I’m glad that I am experiencing it.”
Nets Release Statement Regarding Allegations Against Rodions Kurucs
The Brooklyn Nets have responded to the allegations made against forward Rodions Kurucs, who was arrested in Brooklyn, New York for allegedly choking his girlfriend.
“After learning of the allegations against Rodions Kurucs, we notified and are assisting the League Office as they begin the process of gathering more information” the team said in a statement, via the New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy.
“The Nets organization takes allegations of this nature with extreme seriousness. While the investigation is underway and as we continue to learn more, we will refrain from commenting further.”
Kurucs, 21, allegedly “pushed her on the bed, slapped her in the face twice, bit her lip and then picked her up and tossed her on the bed hard enough to hurt her ribs” during the incident that took place back on June 27th in Kurucs’ apartment.
Nets’ Caris LeVert Discusses Contract Extension
Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert recently inked a three-year, $52 million extension that will keep him in Brooklyn for the future, and he is happy to be staying in the fold with a team clearly on the rise.
"It means a lot. When I got drafted, this was the vision. We try and maximize our potential…we've been working and can't wait to get started."@CarisLeVert is locked in and ready to go 🎥 pic.twitter.com/EOQG2CQeQK— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 26, 2019
LeVert is hoping to prove he can stay healthy after injuries limited him to only 40 games last season, and by sharing a backcourt with Kyrie Irving, he is expected to make a big jump in the 2019-2020 season.
Nets Sign Theo Pinson to Two-Year Deal
Pinson signed a two-way contract with Brooklyn last season and split his time between the Nets and their G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.
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