In an interview with German TV at the SuperCup tournament in Neu-Ulm, Mirza Teletovic says playing in Eurobasket this summer gives him a chance to rebuild his confidence after losing a lot of it during his first season in the NBA.
"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 in an English language interview. "I couldn't catch five, six games in a row. I was always one game out."
So far, so good. Teletovic averaged 24.7 points and nine rebounds, shooting 42 percent in three games this weekend. Still, with so many new faces on the Nets, particularly upfront, Teletovic could have trouble getting minutes this season as well.
Here's the transcript of the Q and A on the Nets...
Sport Eagle TV: You finished your first year in the NBA and lots of European players have played in the NBA with mixed results. Talk about your experience, what you learned in the NBA this last year and how are you applying it this summer and preparing for the next season.
Mirza Teletovic: 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. I couldn't catch five, six games in a row. I was always one game out... 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 lot of minutes to play here, and have other things and lots of practice.