Nets Caris LeVert Talks With BSO About Challenge of Guarding Harden & Ups and Downs of Being a RookieRead Now
Nets rookie SG Caris LeVert sat down with BSO following his team’s 137-112 loss against the Houston Rockets. It wasn’t an exceptional game from Caris. He played about 22 minutes, scored eight points, grabbed 2 rebounds and was a +7. As usual, his effort and intensity were high and he competed hard on the defensive end.
Jarod Hector: Caris, as a young guy in this league what goes through your mind when you know you’ve got to defend James Harden?
Caris LeVert: Honestly, I’m not thinking about it. I’m out there competing. Coach gave me the responsibility to match up with him when I was on the floor. So, I just went out there and gave it my best effort and competed hard.
JH: Tonight you played about 22 minutes how do you manage your own expectations as it relates to the fluctuating nature of playing time as a young guy in this league?
CL: You’ve got to stay ready. That’s what I try to do, prepare myself mentally and be ready, so that whenever my number is called I can go in and contribute positively to my team.
JH: Finally, the transition from college to the NBA is a difficult one. The number of games increase exponentially, you play back to backs, four games in five nights. How do you continue to improve and how do you handle losing?
CL: I don’t look at it as a negative. I love to play man. So, back to backs, or four games in five nights isn’t a negative. You can’t really prepare for the NBA, it’s such a different environment. When you get here you just have to work, and continuously improve to get better. As far as losing, it’s tough. But as a team we have to continue to compete, work and stay together.
The Rockets handed the Nets their 10th straight loss. While the playoffs are obviously not in the cards this season, the Nets can take hope with their rookie SG. LeVert is a good shooter, and has shown playmaking ability. His demeanor is excellent and you can sense he wants to be a very good player in this league. Despite the blowout loss, the team really competes hard and you can see flashes of potential. Obviously the roster needs upgrading and the team needs to figure out what it’s going to do, given it’s draft situation. But, it’s not so bleak in Brooklyn, and Caris LeVert is one of the reasons why.