Nets PF Kris Humphries had to deal with many off-the-court distractions this past offseason. He had a disastrous rebound relationship with Fatmire Sinanaj and faced many lawsuits from Sinanaj and ex-wife Kim Kardashian. Now, he says, his mind is completely on Brooklyn basketball and contributing to a talented team. Here are some quotes:
- Since I got in the league, I’ve been a guy that’s had to work for everything, and grind it out to stay in the league, and get in this position, so I don’t really care [about everything else]. To me, it’s about our team, winning in Brooklyn.
- That’s all … everything else doesn’t matter. When you’ve played basketball … you just want to win. When you win, everyone gets paid, everyone is having a good time and the team feels good.
- I’m going to take the same mindset coming into this year that I always take. Play hard, do what I have to do to help my team. For me, it’s all about winning and whatever we’ve got to do to win.
- It’s not, ‘I have to show that I can do this’ this year and not this or whatever. It’s just, ‘Let’s win. Let’s get Brooklyn going.’ … It’s not about anything individual. I think if we play as well as we’re preparing to play, no one’s going to care who is doing what. It’s all going to be about we’re having a great time winning.
- We have such a dynamic group. As we get going, it’s just going to get better and better. We’re just getting through camp and stuff right now, but as we get towards the end of preseason, everyone starts to get their legs all the way back under them and we’re gelling as a team and knowing each other’s tendencies and all the plays are coming together. I think it’ll be pretty cool. It’ll be fun to be part of a team like that.
Despite all the distractions the past two seasons, Humphries has maintained his level of play. He may have even gotten better on the court despite his off-the-court troubles. He averaged a double double last season on a very bad team.
Humphries sometimes scored in isolation situations last season. This season, all his points should be a product of good team play and Deron Williams’ passing ability. Since the Nets are so much more talented, Humphries may score less points than he did the past two seasons in New Jersey.
In terms of rebounding, the Nets are really relying on Humphries to take the lead. He should have the opportunity to average around ten rebounds a game next season. Humphries may be a defensive liability, though, unless he becomes a better pick-and-roll defender.