Nets small forward Caris LeVert, fresh off a 21-point game in the Nets' loss on Friday, showed his confidence in his Q&A with Steve Serby of the New York Post when he said the days of mocking Nets fans "are over."
"We're becoming a good team, somebody that people have to respect," LeVert said. "And just stay with us, because we're definitely gonna be very exciting this year and in the future."
The Nets are a work in progress with a 2-3 record thus far. But LeVert is already well on his way to a better season than his 2017-18 campaign. He is averaging 21 points and 5.2 rebounds per game through his first five games after averaging 8.2 points his first season and 12.1 points his second season. As he progresses, he aspires to reach new levels in his career.
"I know I can be great," he said. "I don't really worry about that word "star" too much though, 'cause I feel like that's very subjective to the audience. But I know I can be great."
LeVert, who is in his third season in Brooklyn after being acquired via a trade from the Pacers, said he has enjoys everything about being in Brooklyn -- from the fans to the team he plays on.
"Everything you need there, it's everything you need. The people are great, second to none. The fans obviously are great, but I feel like it's real people, they tell you the truth. If you're not playing well, they'll tell you, if you're playing good, they'll tell you, but at the end of the day, they'll still be there."
In the wide-ranging interview, LeVert recalled the time he was struck by tragedy in 2010 when his father suddenly died of a heart attack. LeVert credits much of what he has learned about basketball to his father.
"Absolutely. He's the one who taught me how to play basketball," he explained. "He taught me everything I know about life and things like that, and I just want to carry his legacy the right way."