Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Taylor plays at Dyckman despite NBA rules
By Adry Torres | ESPNDeportes.com
NEW YORK -- Despite NBA rules that prohibit players from playing in organized street summer leagues prior to July 1, Brooklyn Nets backup point guard Tyshawn Taylor stepped on the Dyckman Park court Monday night for a handful of minutes.
Taylor, who played opposite New York City high school star Isaiah Whitehead, a Lincoln point guard, said he had no knowledge of such rules. The league office recently levied fines on Lance Stephenson and Kemba Walker for playing in the same city basketball courts where they once honed their games.
"I didn't know that. That's my story, I'm sticking to it," Taylor told ESPNDeportes.com after his squad Taylor Made nearly sent the game into overtime after trailing by 10 points with two minutes left.
The Hoboken, N.J., native who just averaged just under six minutes in 38 games could see extensive time in Brooklyn's backcourt spelling starter Deron Williams if C.J. Watson opts out of his contract and goes elsewhere.
Taylor is very eager to pick the brain of Jason Kidd, Brooklyn's new head coach, although he has yet to meet him.
"I like it. I think it's going to help me. I get a chance to learn from another great point guard besides D-Will," Taylor said.
"I got one of the greatest to ever play the game [Kidd] and that's a blessing. I think he's going to bring a new dimension to our team. I think he's going to want to play a little bit faster which I think definitely benefits me. I'm excited."
It's been a little over seven weeks since the Nets' inaugural season in Brooklyn came to a stunning end with a Game 7 loss to a depleted Chicago Bulls team that was missing Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng and Derrick Rose.
Taylor barely stepped on the court for over two minutes but the defeat left a sour taste.
"I think we all felt like we could have played better and done some things to help us advance further in the playoffs. I think next year, coming back, we're going to put it together. It's another new change. I think we still got the same pieces. Hopefully it just works out."
While Taylor couldn't pinpoint one particular thing that caused Brooklyn to bottom out in the playoffs, he did point out the firing of Avery Johnson and how the rotation often changed.
"I think it would have helped if we would have had one coach throughout the whole season. I think rotations changed when we lost our first coach and got a second one. People lost confidence. Things like that, little things that I think are definitely controllable. So we just got to fix it."
Taylor's highlight of the season was his impressive play with the team's D-League affiliate. In eight games with Springfield, the former 41st pick, acquired on draft night from the Portland Trail Blazers, posted 24.6 points, 7.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds.
Still it wasn't enough for a player who admits his confidence level sunk.
"But it's hard not to lose confidence when you're sitting on the bench. You don't really know what you can do, but you don't really know because you're not playing, which is frustrating," he said.
"I think I lost confidence a little bit but when you're playing around with talented guys like D-Will and Joe [Johnson]; when you even see them going in slumps and not playing as well as they want to play, it just goes to show you that it happens, man.
"It's a long season. You're going to have some ups and downs. You got to stay with it."