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Theo Pinson: ‘I didn’t touch a basketball for a month’ before going home

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In an interview this week with a local TV station, Theo Pinson described his experience during the COVID-19 crisis as “weird,” noting that before moving back home to Greensboro in April, he hadn’t even touched a basketball.

“I definitely missed basketball. I didn’t touch a basketball for a whole month, and that was so weird. I remember the first time I stepped on the court and it felt so weird,” Pinson told Spectrum News.

“I remember the first time I got back on the court (in North Carolina), I tried to dunk, but I couldn’t!”

Pinson, now in his second year with the Nets, said the Nets did “a good job with a couple of exercises they gave us,” but he wanted more and so headed back to Greensboro. Moreover, his time at home coincided with his younger sister’s graduation from high school.

“I keep telling myself that I wouldn’t be in town if this whole thing didn’t happen, so it’s been cool to just hang out with the family,” Pinson told Eddie Hughes. “Being with my sister through this whole process knowing that she couldn’t have her graduation and stuff, it’s tough and just supporting her through this whole journey that she is going through.”

Since being at home, Pinson said he’s been working out at a local gym and is grateful not just for the return-to-play, but that everyone at home and on the team are healthy.

“I think the biggest thing is that we’re safe. I think that’s the most important thing out of all this,” Pinson said.

Pinson is one of at least seven Nets who have spent all or part of the hiatus outside of Brooklyn.