While trying to get used to his new city, Nets SG Allen Crabbe has been working on his game as he prepares for the new season.
Crabbe has only been in New York for about three weeks since he was traded to the Nets by the Porland Trail Blazers, but he is already getting involved as he was part of the Brooklyn Nets Basketball Academy on Thursday. He is becoming to enjoy his new city.
"New York is cool man, I'm glad to be here," Crabbe told Nets.com's Cory Wright. "I'm just getting acclimated with the city, trying to learn my whereabouts and where all the fun stuff is outside of basketball practice and all that."
"It's defnitely faster pace out here. People are a little more aggressive and you see it on the road with all the honking and just the crazy driving. But I like it out here, I really do."
Like the city streets, Crabbe is trying to be more aggressive this season, and that starts with his work in the gym.
"Mainly it's just getting my body stronger, putting on weight," he said. "Trying to sharpen up on my handling and all that stuff because it's definitely going to be a bigger role for me over here in Brooklyn. I'm going to be able to show a lot more and display a lot of my skill set with my team."
Crabbe is known for his shot as he hit 44 percent of his threes last season, which was good for the second-highest in the league. The 25-year-old believes in working at game speed, and says that's why his jumper is so deadly.
"You can get up 300 shots, or 1000 shots, but if you get game rep shots, that's defeating the purpose of shooting a bunch of standstill 1000 jumpers," Crabbe said. "In reality, you're going to shoot game shots, so you have to work out at game speed so it can translate from workouts to the game."
As Crabbe continues to work on his craft, he will work on his relationships with teammates and coaches as well. Being with the Blazers for his first four seasons in the NBA, this is his first new team. However, he has been welcome with open arms.
"It's nerve-wracking coming from a team that you've been with for four years and all of the relationships you've built over there and all of the sudden you have to up and leave it and start new ones over here," Crabbe said. "It's been cool so far, guys have been cool to work with and be around. It can only get better from here."
In 79 games last season, Crabbe averaged 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, and shot 85 percent from the charity stripe in 28.5 minutes per game.