Brooklyn Nets Forward Mirza Teletovic Has To Remain Confident

By Mike B. Ruiz
Anthony Gruppuso-USA Today Sports

Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic didn’t receive much playing time last season, his first in the NBA, so he’s very glad for the opportunity to play consistently in Europe this summer.

“It’s tough for all the European players during the first year in the NBA, especially if you don’t get a lot of playing time, you can’t get confidence, you can’t really get into rhythm,” Teletovic told Sport Eagle TV, a German network. “I couldn’t catch five, six games in a row.”

Teletovic averaged 9.4 minutes per game in only 53 games last season in Brooklyn.

“I was always one game out,” Teletovic continued. “You’re missing the confidence, you’re missing your game. So I think for me it’s important to come back here to Europe and still have a lot of minutes to play here, and have other things and lots of practice.”

While all that may be true, Teletovic has to do his best to keep his confidence high during this upcoming season with the Nets. New head coach Jason Kidd says that Teletovic will be an important part of the team, but finding consistent minutes for him won’t be an easy task given that Andrei Kirilenko should get the majority of the playing time at the backup small forward position, and the same with Reggie Evans at the spot for reserve power forward.

But injury could strike at any moment, and if it does, Teletovic has to have the confidence to step up and perform at a high level when given extra minutes.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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