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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Teague: I wasn't clicking with Thibodeau

By Mike Mazzeo
ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Marquis Teague kind of had a feeling a trade was coming.

Marquis Teague
Marquis Teague says he wasn't a good fit in Tom Thibodeau's system.
"I wasn't really shocked," said Teague, who practiced for the first time Thursday with the Brooklyn Nets. "I knew a lot of changes were being made around there, so I was kind of prepared."

Teague, 20, was selected by Chicago in the first round of the 2012 draft. Unfortunately, it didn't work out.

"It just wasn't clicking with Thibs [Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau] the right way," Teague said. "Just trying to figure out the system was kind of tough for me. The way they play isn't really my style, so it's kind of difficult for me. But I've got a new start now, so I'm just looking forward to the future."

What is Teague's style?

"I like to push the ball, play fast, get up and down, play off pick-and-rolls," he said. "Over there, it's more structure and sets and things like that."

Teague might be able to have success in Nets coach Jason Kidd's free-flowing offense.

"I think it's going to be great," Teague said of being able to learn from Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston. "I just know I'm coming in here to work hard."

Teague says he has patterned his game after Steve Francis, Allen Iverson and Baron Davis, quick guards who can play off the dribble and get into the lane.

Because the deal couldn't be made official until Tuesday (the NBA offices were closed Monday), Teague actually had to dress and sit on the bench with the Bulls on Monday versus the Lakers.

"That was kind of awkward, but I had to do it," he said. "I think they didn't have enough bodies, so they just asked me to do it. I was like, that's fine. [My teammates] were making jokes about it, like, 'How are you on the other team, but you're still here?'"