It shouldn't come as a surprise that Mirza Teletovic, like a number (if not all) of his teammates, thinks the Nets can win it all. It's how players are supposed to think (unless they are on the 76ers roster).
But in an interview with Avaz, one of Bosnia's leading papers, this week, Teletovic was quite firm in his belief the Nets could win, adding that the Nets' high payroll have made them a target of other contenders.
"We are aware that we have top players and we want to go far as possible, to the finals and win a championship ring. Because we are in Brooklyn, and that's what the owner of the club expected.
"At every practice you can see Lionel Hollins' great experience. The preseason games have confirmed that the team has potential, but it seems to me that we are now more stable, we are working little bit differently. We know what we want."
Talking about his own status, Teletovic revealed that for the first time, there is a cohesive plan of action for him.
"I am satisfied. I am confident that I will have a lot more playing time than in the previous two seasons. Also, before there was no cohesive plan of action for me, this time Hollins set up several lines of attack where I will have a major role, which means that I will have more space and greater responsibility."
While complimenting Paul Pierce, Teletovic said he expects others on the team to pick up the slack created by Pierce's departure.
"It will not be easy to compensate for the departure of Pierce, one of the best players of all time, but Brooklyn has a strong roster. Whoever is given the chance, I think he will respond to the tasks in the best way. For me, specifically, this will open up more space at the '3' and '4' positions."
Teletovic, asked about contract negotiations, said he would worry about that once the season is over, but he did say that he would listen to offers from the Nets as well as "other teams."
Regarding Bogdanovic, Teletovic said he is happy to mentor him and noted that he didn't have such a connection, although he noted the value of having a fellow Balkan basketball player, Marko Jaric, in training camp. He also noted that even he has to reacquaint himself with the NBA ball after a summer of playing with the FIBA ball. Bogdanovic has mentioned the adjustment more than once.
"Balls are different from those in the NBA. The American team that played at the World Championships in Spain had low shooting percentages until they accustomed to new ball. Often because ball would 'escape' from the hands."
balls are different from those in the NBA.
The American team was recently at the World Championships in Spain because it had low percentages of rubble, often their ball escaping from the hands until they are accustomed to.- See more at: https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?act=url&depth=1&hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=hr&tl=en&u=http://www.avaz.ba/clanak/141648/teletovic-zelimo-postati-nba-prvaci&usg=ALkJrhi-Mjmk5zJQEAYwR1Ul01Hlo2L2KA#sthash.EW93VoxE.dpuf
Overall, he's not worried about his fellow Mostar native. "Bojan is a top player and I believe he will get the chance to show his talent."