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  • Kevin has been a long wait for this moment.

  • I'm curious how everything unfolded and how it matched up with your expectation on how it would go.

  • Not just your performance, but how you guys collectively looked as a team.

  • Yeah, we were.

  • I think we had a solid first start.

  • I mean, we've been, uh, emphasizing the defense, decided the basketball all training camp and come out and had him shoot 37% from the field, 30% from the three.

  • That's a good start.

  • So we wanna build on it.

  • And, you know, I was looking forward to coming out here and getting the w you know, and I'm glad we was able to finish the job.

  • Greg Logan, News Day.

  • Uh, Kevin, when you look at that dominant first quarter 40 points, both you and Kyrie fire.

  • What did that say about just how eager you guys are to get this journey started and how ready you were for it?

  • I just think we, uh we came out with a good plan on the defense side of the ball, which ignited this on the offensive end.

  • And, you know, I know everybody's excited about this new era the Nets.

  • But as players were just trying to take it a day at a time and focus on our jobs individually and trying to bring them to the group as best as we can.

  • And I think everybody did a solid job of that tonight.

  • Brian Lewis, New York Post.

  • Now, after I guess two preseason games and then this game, I'm just curious, Kevin.

  • What you might have, I don't know, been curious to learn.

  • And what have you learned, either about your own conditioning or the way the defense has come along.

  • So he wise, what have you been able to learn so far out of it?

  • I'm just learning my teammates.

  • Tennessee's where they like the ball and, you know, just you know their routines.

  • Just getting to know my teammates a little bit more and and and I think each game as we continue to build, um, you know, we'll get more and more comfortable with each other, you know?

  • So I think that's the That's probably a The thing that I learned the most is, you know, trying to learn each guys, you know, favorite spot on the floor and what they like to do and you know, So that's gonna take some time to get everybody downloaded.

  • Christian Winfield, New York Daily News.

  • Hey, Kevin, when?

  • When you're ableto come out or as a team, when you're able to come out and hang 40 points on an opponent in the first quarter, I mean one.

  • Does it kind of feel like you have them on the ropes that early?

  • And what's it like to have a team on the ropes so early and still kind of know this game isn't over, And you kinda have to continue that lot of pressure.

  • Yeah.

  • I mean, obviously, scoring 40 in the first quarter is, uh you know what?

  • We would love to have every game, but it's not gonna happen.

  • But I think our defense there's a reason why we was able to get some good points on the offensive side of the ball and plan against the Warriors.

  • Obviously, you know, uh, that you can never relax on them, you know, especially with three point shooting in the ball movement and the team defense.

  • So it was good that we held the lead, and, uh, we was able to go out there and get a nice double like Andrews, ESPN.

  • Kevin, correct me if by mischaracterizing this but it seems to me that you've kind of described every preseason game.

  • Every practice is sort of this building block and you're trying to build.

  • And you told us you want to play your best basketball season much further down the road toward the end of the season in the playoffs.

  • What was the building block that you felt that you put in place tonight in this game?

  • I mean, just another experience, you know, underneath the belt.

  • You know, I think more and more of these experiences with my teammates and the new environment, all of us is in the new environment.

  • I think it's only gonna make us better as we move forward, you know?

  • So we just want to keep plugging away every single day, and you know each player get better individually and see what happens after that.

  • Alex Schiffer, the athletic.

  • I'm curious what you thought about the ball movement tonight.

  • You talked about learning your teammates and and their tendencies.

  • What?

  • You guys didn't look like a team that was playing together for the first time officially because we This is not the first time we played together.

  • I mean, we had practices and pre season and all the off season.

  • Most of the guys were together.

  • So, uh, you know, that's that stuff.

  • Uh, definitely helps, you know, being being around each other.

  • Ever seen they?

  • No matter for playing games or not, but, uh, on the floor, I mean, we we was ableto, you know, playoff our principles on offense and defense inside the ball and help each other out and get a good one.

  • Vincent Goodwill, Yahoo.

  • Hey, Katie, I'm just curious.

  • The last time you were you were playing, you were probably among the top two or three all around players and basketball, and it seems to be kind of forgotten about just a complete part of your game.

  • Are you anxious to get back to the or to display that part of your game?

  • Even though people may have been focused on your physical limitations?

  • Are you focused on the complete party, your game?

  • Someone that I don't think I to show anybody anything?

  • I'm not just gonna come out there and just hoop, you know, whatever people gravitate to iTunes, what they like I mean, a lot of people like that I could score the basketball, but I feel like the court basketball fans and seem to do a lot of different things, and my teammates the same do a lot of different things on the floor.

  • So I don't feel I gotta prove myself.

  • But I wanna go out there and be ableto do whatever coach needs me to do out on the floor.

  • Whether it's guard score, make passes.

  • You know, I'm just got to be ready for anything like I always say.

  • But, you know, on any given night, I could showcase my full, you know, skills.

  • That Joe Vardan.

  • Hey, Kevin, I'm wondering if there's anything you would mind sharing with us about the moment in the locker room afterwards, with Steve Nash getting his first his first win.

  • You guys dump any water on him or anything?

  • No, no.

  • Just congratulated him, and he told him, was bring his ass back to practice tomorrow.

  • Bruce Beck.

  • Kevin was there ever a moment when you were able to reflect that, I could say I'm back.

  • Or was it all business?

  • Yes, just mainly, how can we get the job done.

  • I mean, I know there's a lot of emotions, and a lot of you know, I got so many calls and texts about, you know, playing again for me.

  • I was just like, I gotta focus on the first possession, you know, and then try to get through that and then move on each possession.

  • So I try not to make too much too big of a deal out this whole thing and, you know, realize I've been playing this game since I was eight years old, so I just gotta revert back to what I know.

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