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A few days ahead of his first NBA training camp, Knicks rookie Ignas Brazdeikis sat down with SNY to talk about basketball, his upbringing, and how he's adjusting to life in New York so far.
Brazdeikis, selected 47th in the 2019 NBA Draft, says he isn't looking to prove any doubters wrong in his first season in the league.
"I'm just here to prove myself right," he says. "I don't really care about anyone else, proving them wrong, whatever. I know who I am, I know how good I am, and I know how much I can help this team. I'm going to prove it, I'm going to do my thing. And I don't hold anything against anyone (who may have overlooked him). It what it is, but I'm definitely ready to go."
Brazdeikis played well in Summer League and will have a chance to earn a rotation spot during training camp and preseason. But he'll face significant competition -- New York has several players vying for minutes at Brazdeikis' positions.
The 6-foot-7 forward has said in the past that he expects to be the best player on the floor whenever he sets foot on it. And he's entering his rookie season with the same mindset.
Here, Brazdeikis talks about where that inner confidence/competitive spark comes from, why he likes the idea of being New York's villain, MMA training with his father, Sigis, scrimmages with the Knicks, and more.