Teletovic, Evans Join Brooklyn Nets to Win
July 1, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—Two of the newest Brooklyn Nets, power forwards Mirza Teletovic and Reggie Evans, met with media Thursday at the PNY Center in East Rutherford, N.J. They each spoke highly of the team's potential and its impact on their free agency.
Mirza Teletovic. Reggie Evans.
The Bosnian scoring threat and the rugged rebounder from Florida.
Two power forwards, two drastically different players, but each wanted to play for a winner. And each is now a Brooklyn Net.
"I think -- in this moment -- the best option was the Nets," said Teletovic, addressing media at the PNY Center on Thursday. "When Deron Williams signed, I knew that this was the team for me. I watched him a lot playing in Europe, and also in Utah; I know he was a winner and he's a guy that wants to win. So I wanted to play for a team who wants to do big things, who wants to try to get a championship."
Teletovic averaged 21.7 points while shooting .434 from the field and .431 from long-range in 10 Eurocup games for Caja Laboral Vitoria of the Spanish ACB League; having accomplished all he felt he could in six seasons there, the 26-year-old believed himself prepared for the NBA.
The 6-foot-9, 242-pound Teletovic joked that he's always been ready for the NBA: people had been wondering if he'd ever adjust to the European game because he played like an American. He stayed out of the NBA Draft as part of a strategic plan formed by his longtime agent, Misko Raznatovic, to achieve Teletovic's dream of becoming an NBA player.
"I talk to (international NBA players) and the first thing they did when they see me play, is they say, 'Why don't you play in the NBA?'" Teletovic said. "They said, 'You have a perfect profile for it.' But I think it's very important for European players to have experience and to be ready. Once he decides to come, he has to be ready to play."
Confident in his ability to score inside and out, Teletovic expressed a commitment to improving his defense and rebounding. Those are areas in which Evans should prove complementary -- the 32-year-old finished sixth in the league in rebounding rate last season, and averaged more than 11 rebounds a game two seasons ago in Toronto.
Evans called the team's direction a "perfect fit" for his advancing age (32), and looks forward to joining a team filled with leaders. He, too, was enticed by the opportunity to play alongside William, and knows what the expectations are.
"It's real simple, my role," Evans said, smiling. "I ain't trying to score!"
The 6-foot-8 forward felt good about the opportunity to play closer to his Florida home (a shorter flight from New York than California) and again joining a team run by Billy King. Evans said it was an honor to play for the Nets' general manager when both were with the 76ers organization, and that he left a good situation for an even better one.
"It's definitely created a lot of buzz, resigning Deron and changing the whole logo and colors," Evans said. "It's definitely a trending topic, the Brooklyn Nets, with the guys they’ve signed. You can see the direction they’re going in: they want to win."
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