The Nets' newest acquisition SF DeMarre Carroll calls his move to Brooklyn a "reunion" as he reunites with head coach Kenny Atkinson.
In his first interview with the media, Carroll expressed his excitement to join the Nets relating the move to a kid coming home to his family after being away at college.
"Yeah man, it's a reunion," Carroll told The Post's Brian Lewis. "It's basically like going off to college and coming back to your family. I feel like it's my family. This is where I belong, and where I'm comfortable at."
Carroll's relationship with Atkinson blossomed in Atlanta where Atkinson served as the Hawks' lead assistant. Carroll put up his best numbers with the Hawks in two seasons, averaging 11.1 and 12.6 points per game.
"My biggest thing with Kenny is, he gets it," Carroll explained. "He played overseas for years, and his communication skills are one of the best in the league. He gets the most out of players as a coach. That's what you have to have, that level of communication; and he has it."
The main reason for Carroll's departure from the Raptors was their isolation approach on offense that he couldn't flourish in. He views himself more as a team player.
"Yeah, that's definitely fair to say. I had my share of iso already, so team-ball is my forte," Carroll said.
As for something he will work on this upcoming season, Carroll will focus on his endurance as he had trouble playing through all 82 games last year.
"The biggest thing last year was I never got the proper strength. My body wasn't strong enough to sustain 82 games," Carroll said. "Just being here in Brooklyn, their performance team is the best I've had so far. They train with me every day. They're working muscles I never even knew I had. Each day I feel my body and my knee getting stronger. I feel like it's going to be a great season."
Carroll signed a four-year, $58 million contract with the Nets this offseason. He averaged 8.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.0 assists with the Raptors last season.