Brooklyn Nets: Caris LeVert speaks highly of new All-Star teammates

Caris Levert, Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Caris Levert, Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

The Brooklyn Nets have continued to ride the wave of popularity since their two marquee signings last month as players are already doing press regarding the squad’s expectations for next season.

Caris LeVert was a big part of last season’s run to the playoffs for the Brooklyn Nets and is positioned to be a vital part of their bright future. The 24-year old was a guest recently on ESPN’s “The Jump” television show sharing his thoughts on the franchise especially the new additions of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Levert spoke about being surprised that the Nets were able to sign both Durant and Irving last month while sharing his excitement for the upcoming season.

"“Honestly I was a little surprised, I’m definitely very excited because those are two guys I like to play against and watch a lot of film on. Obviously, I can’t wait to play alongside those guys.”"

LeVert will be joined by a former league MVP in Durant who even while recovering from the Achilles injury is supportive of the young Michigan Wolverine. It was also revealed that the two have formed a bond quickly since last month and appear to be on the same page. Durant averaged 26.4 points, and 6.4 rebounds per game last season leading the Warriors back once again to the NBA Finals.

"“He obviously has a good perspective about how to go about things, but he’s kind of like a big brother to me and so we’re kind of bouncing things off of each other with ideas and things like that.”"

Irving has been spotted around Los Angeles with LeVert as well, and when he was asked about “Uncle Drew” as a teammate, he didn’t have a negative word to say on his behalf. Irving averaged 23.8 points and dished out just under seven assists per game to lead Boston into consecutive postseason appearances during his two-year stay.

"“I’ve talked to him a lot the past couple of days, Honestly, he’s a great teammate, a great person to be around, very competitive, very knowledgeable about the game. So, I can’t wait to continue to build that relationship with him on and off the court.”"

The Nets players are rumored to have already started bonding quickly over the past month as both Durant and Irving are seeking a fresh start in Brooklyn. The leadership questions have plagued them in previous stops and the news of the duo training during the summer with new teammates is a welcome sight for Nets fans.

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LeVert will be such a pivotal piece to the Nets’ success next season without Durant, and it will depend on his ability to stay healthy. LeVert needs to prove he can come close to playing a full 82 games in a season utilizing his explosive versatility taking the pressure off of Irving.