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Friday, October 4, 2013
Teletovic's plans for year 2

By Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- Mirza Teletovic spoke candidly and honestly about his first season with the Brooklyn Nets.

In a nutshell: it wasn't an easy transition from Europe to Brooklyn.

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Mirza Teletovic hopes he spends more time on the court this year.
Asked what the toughest part was, Teletovic replied: "Sitting on the bench."

The 28-year-old stretch power forward did that a lot, appearing in just 53 games and averaging a mere 9.4 minutes per contest.

Sporadic playing time led to sporadic play. His defense also suffered. After all, how can you be in game shape when you're spending much more time on the bench than on the court?

"I could do a little bit more, for sure," he said.
"But you can't put me in the game for 10 minutes and tell me to make four shots. It's impossible."

Teletovic ended up averaging 3.5 points on 38.4 percent shooting -- 34.3 percent from 3-point range.

"I would put anybody in my situation and see what they can do," he said. "I think it would be almost the same result or even less. ... It's tough when you don't play."

This season, Teletovic would love to get consistent playing time, which, in-turn, he figures, would lead to more consistent results.

"If you don't get a chance, there is no point," Teletovic said.

But, with the Nets being so deep in the frontcourt, that's going to be tough.

Whatever. MT3 doesn't have any regrets after signing a three-year deal for nearly $10 million with Brooklyn last summer. He wants to make it work with the Nets.

"I've a lot of people ask me if I'm going to stay or not going to stay and things like that," he said.

"I'm going to say it again: My goal is to play on the Nets and that's been my goal from the beginning.

"And I decided [to come here] because I decided, not because of money or whatever. I decided to come and play here because this team has big potential. This team has great players."

During the summer, Teletovic averaged 24.3 points and 6.3 rebounds on 44.9 percent shooting in eight games -- 35.3 minutes per contest -- for his native Bosnia and Herzegovina at Eurobasket.

He certainly gained a lot of confidence as a result. He also said he's in better game shape.

The hope is it translates to the court -- if, of course, Teletovic earns his way onto it.