Nets rookie C Jarrett Allen doesn't pay any mind to those who say he doesn't love the game of basketball due to his other hobbies.
Allen was the Nets' first-round pick of the 2017 NBA Draft in June, and the reason he fell to their No. 22 pick was reportedly due to many questioning his dedication to the game.
He put those notions to shame at the NBA rookie photo shoot on Friday.
"Yes, [I love the game]. I do think a lot of people have that mindset that basketball players are 100 percent -- it's not the right way to say it -- all locked in to basketball and don't have any other interests," Allen told The Post's Brian Lewis. "But me, I have a lot of other interests outside of basketball, so that gets conflicted with how much [I am] perceived to love basketball."
Allen does use his critics as motivation, but he is aware they don't know him that well to judge.
"It was motivation," he said. "But they don't really know a lot about me, so I can't really go against what they say."
Allen is misconceived as a nerd because of his love to build computers, play video games, and having owned the Texas Longhorns' highest GPA (3.89) in the fall semester last season.
His love for computers was fostered by his father, Leonard Allen, who now works at Dell after playing professional basketball in Europe.
"My thing was be a kid first -- play Nintendo, go out, skate," the 6-foot-8 Leonard Allen said. "Going to that next level, it's not guaranteed, so I didn't want him to just be like his only focus was basketball. There are other things in life out there besides basketball. There's life that's fun to do. You don't have to consume yourself 24 hours a day. There's down times away from the job."
However, his father knows just how competitive his son can be on the court.
"But his competitive edge, [he's] just a quiet assassin," Leonard Allen said.
The 19-year-old, who stands at 6-foot-10, is well known for his monster dunk against West Virginia this past season that made him a household name. He will look to translate moments like this to the NBA where he will have plenty of opportunity with the Nets.
Timofey Mozgov is the only center besides Allen on the Nets at the moment. As his game is declining, Allen can expect to see the floor more than most rookies this season.
"It's definitely an opportunity," Allen said. "A lot of rookies aren't in the same position that I am, to be able to come in and play immediately or gets minutes like I will. So it's nothing but good for me."