While covering the Brooklyn Nets event with Tyshawn Taylor helping out the Foundation for Sleep Awareness to teach kids about the importance of sleep, I got a couple of minutes to speak with Taylor about basketball. We covered a number of topics so rather than write a few different articles I figured it is best to publish everything he said all at once. So here it is.
On the Nets offseason: “I’m really excited. I think it puts us in a championship caliber, I’m definitely being excited by that. As a young guy to be around veterans, guys who have been in the league for so long can teach me a lot especially my coach, but also D-Will, KG, Paul Pierce, another Kansas guy. I’m definitely excited by it.”
On Mikhail Prokhorov’s spending: “He has it, right? I think as an owner you want your team to win so you have to get the best players. That’s what he’s trying to do. For somebody in his situation who can afford to do it, why not?”
On attending the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce/Jason Terry press conference: “It was dope. I just wanted to be the first to welcome my new teammates. I’m a local kid, I was around and not doing anything that day so I went in to get to know the guys and let them see my face a little bit. I know pretty soon we’re going to take a team trip to go workout with each other to try to build some team chemistry a little bit earlier than training camp. I’m looking forward to that.”
On the Nets/Knicks rivalry being one of the best in sports: “I think it’s going to be up there for sure. Last year it was kind of a rivalry, but they got the best of us. There are so many Knicks fans in NY. I think this changes things. Just having the caliber of guys we got puts us in the conversation so it’s going to be exciting.”
On his rookie season: “I enjoyed it. It’s a dream come true. It was a great experience. I got to see some good basketball, I was coached by two really good coaches and I got to play with some really great players. I learned a lot last year and it’s going to help me out for this year.”
On his role with the team this season: “I just want to win. I want to be apart of something good, something great, so whatever my coaches want me to do I’m just going to do it to my fullest potential. I’m just trying to come in and work hard and do what they need of me. I don’t really know what that is at this time, but whatever it is I’m just going to do it with a smile on my face and just take in everything. This is going to be a great experience with the new guys and coach. The whole atmosphere is going to be great. I’m just really looking forward to it.”
On playing for Jason Kidd: “I think it helps me out a lot being a point guard myself. I think he knows so much about the game and if he’s not the greatest then he’s one of them. I think just to be able to pick his brain and to learn some things from him is going to be amazing and it will help my career going forward.”
On playing in Brooklyn: “I think that New York is the Mecca of the game so anywhere in the city you are going to get a great response from fans. BRooklyn being the new thing in the city it helps us because there are a lot of die hard Knicks fans, but we’re new, we’re fresh and it’s something else to talk about. I think fans are really excited about the whole environment of Brooklyn especially with the new players.”
On Superstorm Sandy: “I was trapped in my apartment for three days. It was terrible, the worst days of my life. I couldn’t take a shower, I couldn’t charge my phone. They had a generator downstairs and everyone was using it. There were about 30 extension cords on one generator taking turns charging their phones. I didn’t have any service because all of the powerlines were out. I had to each peanut butter and jelly for three days. It was terrible. So I had to drive my truck through the water which was bad because two months later my engine died.
“The Sandy thing, I lived in Florida for a while so I had been through the hurricane thing before. I think now, because I had to go through it for days like that where I was by myself and wasn’t well prepared for it the best thing is to let people know it’s serious. So I have talked a couple of different times at different places to tell people that when they hear those warnings to take it seriously. Sometimes people tend to take it lightly because we’re in New York or New Jersey and we’re not used to getting hit with it. I was the same way. I went to the store the day of and got some stuff but it wasn’t enough. Meanwhile, where I lived in Hoboken, it floods in basic rain. Now I just tell people take it as serious as possible.
“I got out of (my old apartment), I moved out of the flood zone.”