Nets center Nenad Krstic
has quietly emerged as one of the game's top post threats. Selected in the First Round (24th overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets, Krstic is averaging 10.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, becoming one of the most important player at the Nets. A native of Serbia & Montenegro,
Nenad Krstic has been named to Sophomore Team for the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend 2006.
Krstic took some time with NBA.com Editor to answer some of the fan questions.
Do you think the Nets can go far into the playoffs and do you think you have a chance to make the All-Star Game next year??
- Sasa from Toronto
Nenad Krstic at the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge. (Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty)
Krstic: “I hope we can make it to the finals. That is the dream. We play good right now and we will see. First we want to be in the top place in our division and then we will have a good position to start from. We´ll see.
I am not think about (making the All-Star Game) right now. I am happy to play on the Sophomore team and I keep trying. Not sure if I am going to make it. It is not realistic right now. I have dreamt about it.”
How does it feel to play with Jason, Richard & Vince? Do you often get anxious, worrying about receiving a good pass from them without being able to finish it?
- Hegel from Taichung
Krstic: “It is great to play alongside them. In the games I get a lot of easy points. I just need to run the floor. Jason Kidd is an unselfish player and a great point guard.
I am not worried about missing. If I miss a shot, in the next play they will just give the ball to me again.”
How do you feel about your season thus far?
Krstic: “I feel good about my season thus far. I think I have improved but there is still room left for further improvement. But I am very happy and very satisfied to play for the Nets. I can improve every single part of my game, like my post-up game and my rebounding skills. I think I can get better.”
What is it like to be in Houston for the All-Star weekend?
Krstic: “It is very exciting to be here.”
Will you be playing for your country in this summer´s World Championships in Japan?
Krstic: “Yes, I will probably be playing. For me it is an honour to play in the Sophomore Game and to play for the national team. And just to play for my country makes me very proud.”