In the second part of a wide ranging interview, Spencer Dinwiddie reveals to Brian Lewis his choice for season’s big surprise.
A year ago, the Nets players were buzzing over hadCaris LeVert had made great strides. Now, Dinwiddie says look to Taurean Prince as most likely to take a leap forward.
“He’s going to be a pleasant surprise, somebody a lot of people are discounting,” Dinwiddie said of Prince. “[He] can really, really, really shoot it.”
Indeed, Prince shot 39 and 38.5 from deep the last two seasons ... in a system that is nowhere near as wide open and as three-crazed as Kenny Atkinson.
The Nets will need Prince to play well and play big minutes. With Wilson Chandler suspended for a third of the season, Rodions Kurucs facing domestic assault charges and Nicolas Claxton still building up his strength and skills, the Nets will need someone to man the 4 until Kevin Durant returns, assuming it’s this season.
Speaking of Rodi, his best friend on the team said he’s standing by the 21-year-old.
“Rodi is one of my best friends, so I will support him whatever he does. And I will not judge him because of anything,” Dzanan Musa told The Post. “I don’t know what happened, so I will not comment on that. But he’s one of my best friends, so I will support him.”
Kurucs next trial date, unless postponed, is October 21 in Brooklyn, two days before the Nets opener vs. Minnesota.
It was the second time in three days that a possible 4 won praise for his possibilities on Sunday, Long Island GM Matt Riccardi told NetsDaily that two-way player Henry Ellenson “has a ton of developmental potential which we are excited about and I think it is good for everyone to see this is where we want to go.”
Dinwiddie spoke as well about his plan to have his contract go digital. Dinwiddie will in essence sell bonds in himself to raise funds. It must be approved by the NBA and the NBPA, the players’ union.
“What are they going to do, try and stop me? I mean, they could try,” Dinwiddie said. “Then they’d have to have legal standing to do so. Do you really want to do that? Because wouldn’t that be bad PR for them to do that? I would think. Then I’d start to look like [Colin] Kaepernick.
“Nothing I’m doing is illegal. I know there’s a lot of misinformation out there, like I’m trying to create a currency or something. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel and create a new bitcoin; this is different. … I will say this, though: It solves some of the league’s fan engagement issue. It does do that.”
How so? Because fans would be permitted to invest in Dinwiddie via his digital investment vehicle, aka his contract.
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