For those who were asleep and missed it – not us – Caris LeVert randomly hopped on SportsCenter with ESPN’s legendary Scott Van Pelt at nearly 2 AM Eastern Time on Saturday morning.
The two briefly discussed the Nets’ rise to playoff probable’s this season, how they’ve gotten to this point, and of course, LeVert’s dislocated right leg which he suffered on November 12. It sidelined him for nearly three months before his return. He’s played four games and is averaging 10.3 points and 4.5 assists in 22.5 minutes.
“It was tough,” LeVert said of the overall experience. “But I have great people around me. You’ve got to try to find the good things after a situation like that. It was tough, it was really tough, because like you (SVP) said, I put in so much work in the summer time and it was starting to pay off. Three months off is a long time but I feel like I’m getting back to where I was, for sure.”
On that front, the 24-year-old swingman told SVP that he thought he would’ve been out for at least a season, but quickly grew calm when receiving some optimistic insight shortly after the traumatic incident suffered in Minnesota.
“It definitely changed a lot, because when it happened, I thought I’d be done for at least a year,” LeVert told Van Pelt when asked if his mentality shifted upon hearing the news that he’d be able to return this season.
“I looked down and I was like, ‘Man, this is bad.’ But I think, probably 15-20 minutes after it happened, they kind of told me that it may have only been a dislocation. And that was the best case scenario in that situation.”
The full interview is here. Enjoy.