It was a dream come true for the Nets' newest addition, C Jahlil Okafor, when he heard of his trade to Brooklyn.
"I feel like I was dreaming," Okafor told The Post's Zach Braziller about when he heard of his move. "It finally happened, and I'm in a great city."
Okafor has had a tough time in his early NBA career since getting drafted No. 3 overall to the Sixers back in 2015. He made the NBA All-Rookie team in his rookie year after posting 17.5 points per game.
However, he has since been benched in light of Joel Embiid's rise to stardom in Philadelphia. He played in just two games for the Sixers this season, and in turn, publicly asked to be traded or released on Nov. 1. His father even wore a shirt that said "Free Jah" during one of the games this season.
It was a tough past two seasons for Okafor, who said he would take out his frustrations by giving his 100 percent effort through practice and workouts.
"I just worked my ass off every day knowing my opportunity would come and it would present itself, and I wanted to make sure that I'd [be] ready when it happened," he said.
Now, that effort can translate to a new hardwood as the Nets landed Okafor and his Sixers teammate, Nik Stauskas, last Thursday for former Nets PF Trevor Booker. It is the oppportunity Okafor has been looking for, and he is ready to prove his worth to his new teammates and fanbase.
"I have a chip on my shoulder," he said. "This is the first time where people are against me in a sense because I've always been the hyped-up guy. It's something new for me to experience, so I'm glad that I am experiencing it."
Okafor and Stauskas worked out for Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson on Sunday not only meet their new coach, but more importantly, to learn the Nets' offense in wake of their first action in Brooklyn on Tuesday. Stauskas loved how Atkinson was devoted to spending time with him and Okafor.
"For our first day here, for Kenny to spend an hour on the court just taking us through skills and drills, it was eye-opening to us, because that's not something we were very used to in Philadelphia," Stauskas said.
It is unclear if Atkinson plans on using Okafor on Tuesday against the Wizards, but the 21-year-old is tired of waiting around for playing time.
"I've been sitting down long enough," he said.