Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen is battling through his second season in the NBA, and is crediting teammate Ed Davis for helping him continue his development into an NBA veteran, leaning on him for guidance and tips.
“That’s why you have Ed Davis around,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said, according to Brian Lewis of The New York Post. “He’s coaching when you’re not coaching. Great influence on our young guys.
“I’ve seen Ed take him aside after practice, before practice, talking post defense. These [vets], they have the nuances. They understand the game. He’s been a great influence not only on Jarrett Allen but our whole group.
“He’s just a solid, solid professional and the type of guy we like to bring in here,’’ Atkinson added. “We want to help him grow obviously first and foremost, but he’s helping our young guys grow, too.”
Davis inked a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the Nets during the summer and has already paid dividends with his veteran experience.
Allen has posted 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.8 blocks thus far this season.
“When I signed here, Sean didn’t say, ‘We want you to mentor Jarret Allen,’ ’’ Davis said. “But I’m an intelligent guy, and I think Sean knew that by doing his diligence and his homework and whatnot. I wasn’t going to come in here like, ‘Oh, [crap], I’m trying to start, I’m trying I take his minutes.’
“I’m trying to win, and I’m trying to help him, because of the direction this franchise is headed.”
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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